Madonna Fights Malawi to Adopt Mercy

No Way Around Issues of Racial Identity

O'Connor said the adopted black children in celebrity families may be insulated from some of the issues that average multiracial families face but they will, at some point, have to wrestle with issues of racial identity.

"They will have to work out that racial identity before the public eye and that scrutiny could cause them greater difficulty," he said. "These children are seen as members of a larger community, whether their parents recognize it or not. Sometimes transracial adoptees feel guilty about doing so well versus the people they came from. I call it 'survivors remorse.' For children of celebrities, I think negotiating where they came from and connecting with people of origin will be a much wider gulf to traverse."

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