On the Wednesday, March 3, World News on ABC, inspired by current efforts to adopt orphans in Haiti, correspondent Ron Claiborne filed a report promoting the view that black children may be harmed psychologically from being adopted and raised by white parents. Claiborne focused on the case of black filmmaker Phil Bertelsen who complains that "he and other black adoptees tell a similar tale, of feeling estranged, cut off from their own racial identity and culture."
Ironically, on the Monday, March 8, The View on ABC, as the group discussed the film The Blind Side which features a white family taking in a black teen, co-host Barbara Walters complained about those who criticize interracial adoption as the more left-leaning Joy Behar and guest co-host and actress Vanessa Williams complained that the film portrayed white parents as being the answer to social problems of troubled black kids.
On the March 3, World News, after recounting that black social workers used to "condemn" interracial adoptions as "cultural genocide," Claiborne passed on that, although that view has softened up, there are still those with concerns:
Barbara Walters was interviewing ABC "Ugly Betty" star Vanessa Williams in her pre-Oscar show last night and after discussing how she grew up as an overachiever because of her race, she asked:
WALTERS: Does the fact that Barack Obama is running for president have special meaning to you?
WILLIAMS: Uh, I'm very proud. I think it's such an exciting time, um, not only for Barack, but also for Hillary. I live in Chappaqua. She's my neighbor. The fact that she might be able to be the first female president – It's a no-lose situation, and I'm really, really excited that it's happening at this point.