Category Archives: Stupid Things

Stupid things you will hear from other people.

Surviving is enough. It will always be enough.

The other day, the writers at Lawyers, Guns, Money Blog (LGM) commented on – Very Smart Brotha’s, and Damon Young’s awesome response to Kanye West’s bullshit.

I provide the background here because I don’t discover these sources of insight on my own, that’s why I read LGM.  Time is short.

The most effective way to relate to “normal” people what it is like to be an adult surviver of long term foster care is to use analogies.  I can think of no better analogy than race.  But I will preface this with a couple of caveats because when we use race as an analogy, things can go very wrong, very quickly.

  • First, I am not a person of color, although… my maternal grandmother was half Cherokee supposedly!!  Yes there really was some native American back in my lineage but it doesn’t matter.  I am white, I’ve always been treated as a white man and benefited accordingly. So let’s be clear that I’m not claiming otherwise.
  • Second, race (what we call race) is on the outside. Foster care is on the inside. Big difference.  At least until someone asks about your family, then you “wear the foster care.”  Race is wielded systemically against a group of similar looking people. Foster care is just a straight up way to take a few of us and shorten our lives for fun and profit (half joking). The only systemic part of it is related to poverty and fortunately no one is going to kick you out of Starbucks for looking “foster” so long as you actually are white.

With that out of the way…

When Damon Young responds to Kanye West’s bullshit about slavery being a choice he does so with the most powerful proof he has – himself:

“Dying a slave is not a mark against you or your ancestors if you happen to descend from slaves. It also does not minimize or ignore the myriad ways they attempted to challenge the institution of slavery (and if you are not aware of those histories and those stories, do something Kanye obviously doesn’t do and read a fucking book). Instead, it is proof of their strength and resilience and faith and fight.

That proof, also, is you.

If you are alive today, and if your life is the eventual product of people who, hundreds of years ago, were born in and died in chains, your very existence is a fucking miracle. That they were able to live long enough, through all of that fucking horror, to still produce and continue life, is a fucking miracle. That they went through all of that and are still able to, half a millennium later, have a legacy through you is a fucking miracle, even if you don’t recognize their fight and your existence as miraculous.

Anti-blackness—the lesson plan for white supremacy’s multidisciplinary base curriculum—is so relentless and pervasive and nimble and tricky that it has attempted to convince us to regard the men and women who came before us as something other than the fucking miracles that they were. We ain’t all come from kings and queens, and that’s fine. We mostly came from people who fought and clawed and scratched to etch space to be human when the economy of the entire fucking country was predicated on preventing that from happening—who combated a centuries-long lack of humanity with humanity’s peak.

And that’s enough. That will always be enough.”

As adults, we find our former foster selves voluntarily justifying our worth, our validity. We shouldn’t have to.  We shouldn’t feel as though we have to.

For me, when someone asks me “tell me about your family.” or “where is your family,” or “how many brothers and sisters do you have,” it feels the way I imagine it would feel if I were to  ask a black person “so tell me about being black?”

I mean we’re at this party and everyone’s having a good time and all of a sudden I stop the music with the most insulting and dumb question I can imagine. That’s the best way I can describe it to you. And that’s why I find the racial analogy so powerful – because as slow as we are to address race in our culture, most white people who can read a book are at long last slowly starting to understand that race is an issue.  And that base of understanding is what allows other movements to present their view point, wether we’re talking about LGBTQ rights, MeToo, or any other cause. The cause of racial justice and the people who have carried it have laid the groundwork that so many people now use to find their voice and which we then take for granted.

And that is why I must paraphrase Damon Young on behalf of all foster children:

We didn’t all come from ideal, perfect families and that’s OK!  We came from flawed people who made mistakes and yet – here YOU are!  And that’s enough. That will always be enough.

The hell you need to know about my family?

About Derrick Peavy

Sometimes entrepreneur. Former foster. Derrick Peavy is one of the millions of former foster children, having livd in seven foster homes between 1976 and 1989. His final foster home was the right home and became his family. Follow Derrick on Twitter @SurvivingFoster or on Quora

Richard Dawkins the Ass

Richard Dawkins is in the news again.

The latest from Dawkins:  he believes that the “mild pedophilia” he and other kids in England experienced in the 1950’s didn’t cause any lasting harm to him or others.

OK.  Good for Dick Richard.
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About Derrick Peavy

Sometimes entrepreneur. Former foster. Derrick Peavy is one of the millions of former foster children, having livd in seven foster homes between 1976 and 1989. His final foster home was the right home and became his family. Follow Derrick on Twitter @SurvivingFoster or on Quora

Killing kids

So there is this wonderful story about a couple in Philadelphia who starved their 3 year old to death.  Their daughter weighed 11 pounds at the time of her death.  What do you say when you read things like this?

Honestly, there isn’t much to say.

But, there is more to the story.  While the general population has a hard time fathoming the idea of starving one’s child – TO DEATH – you might note within the story that the couple had 4 other children, including a twin of the 3 year old.
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About Derrick Peavy

Sometimes entrepreneur. Former foster. Derrick Peavy is one of the millions of former foster children, having livd in seven foster homes between 1976 and 1989. His final foster home was the right home and became his family. Follow Derrick on Twitter @SurvivingFoster or on Quora

2 Year Old Killed by Foster Parent

(Update: Here is a link to the “Texans Care for Children” web site.)

OK, we’re supposed to say that the foster parent has been “charged” with shaking, and beating the 2 year old to death.

This kind of story is way to common and explains why foster care needs to end now. Not tomorrow, NOW!

That this happened in Texas shouldn’t be a surprise.
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About Derrick Peavy

Sometimes entrepreneur. Former foster. Derrick Peavy is one of the millions of former foster children, having livd in seven foster homes between 1976 and 1989. His final foster home was the right home and became his family. Follow Derrick on Twitter @SurvivingFoster or on Quora

How to deal with living in foster care. NOT.

I came across this page from WikiHow titled “How to deal with living in foster care.”

Holy Jebus monkey balls on a bat.  Who the fu** wrote that?

A few gems:

1) “Stop crying. It’s always a good idea to let your feelings out, but there’s a certain point at which you have to stop. Sit up, stop crying, and face some facts. This is your life now, and there’s no changing that. You can be upset for a little while, but eventually you should come to face reality.”

There is NO WAY this was written by a foster child.  No. Freaking.  Way.
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About Derrick Peavy

Sometimes entrepreneur. Former foster. Derrick Peavy is one of the millions of former foster children, having livd in seven foster homes between 1976 and 1989. His final foster home was the right home and became his family. Follow Derrick on Twitter @SurvivingFoster or on Quora