However loving his parents may have seemed, he [Simon] knew that, scratch the surface, and they’d scream and run away. And here he’s confronted with a guy who is just everyting he thinks is wrong about a person, who comes back for him when the chips are down because he’s on his crew. To me, that’s a  real parent, and that is an extremely beautiful thing to get to, and I think it’s very real… But the most important thing about ‘Safe’ was that relationship.

Joss Whedon, Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume One



Photoset: These Brown Babies Must Be Helped (Ebony Magazine)

The West German public, it was argued, regarded these children with such hostility that the children, if they remained in Germany, would face an unhappy future. Should they remain in Germany, they would have to struggle with discrimination and prejudice on a daily basis. Regardless of which of these two arguments were emphasized, their impact was effectively the same: both state youth welfare bureaus and sectarian associations were convinced of the necessity to act in the best interests of Afro-German children. For their own protection, Afro-German children were seen to be best cared for “among their own kind”—in Africa, South America, or the United States. Curiously, the wishes of the mothers of these children were completely ignored by youth welfare officials and politicians in this debate.

“GERMANY’S ‘BROWN BABIES’ MUST BE HELPED! WILL YOU?” U.S. Adoption Plans for Afro-German Children, 1950–1955

Yara-Colette Lemke Muniz de Faria