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National Review Writer Describes Racist Attacks on His Multiracial Family

David French was first attacked from the left, now the right
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2018 6:47 PM CDT
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(Newser) – David French, a veteran, evangelical Christian, and senior writer at the conservative National Review, is a white man with a black daughter, a little girl he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia in 2010. When they first adopted her, they faced attacks from some on the left who claimed, among other things, that evangelicals "were in the grips of an ominous 'orphan fever' motivated primarily by a desire to evangelize orphan children," he writes at the Atlantic. But starting around 2015, those attacks started being "matched and exceeded by attacks from a racist right," he writes. Specifically, members of the so-called "alt-right" who hate multiracial families and international adoption.

"They call it 'race-cucking your family' or 'raising the enemy,'" French writes. And because he and his wife lead very public lives, the alt-right came for him and his family—but other adoptive families have had to deal with similar hatred. "They lifted pictures of my then-7-year-old daughter from social media and Photoshopped her into a gas chamber, with Donald Trump pressing the button to kill her. They put her image in slave fields. They found my wife’s blog and filled the comments section with gruesome pictures of dead or dying African Americans," French writes. "They made me wish for the days when the left came after us; at least progressive critics didn’t want my daughter to die." His full piece is worth a read. (Read more racism stories.)

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