Following the removal of a blond girl from a Roma family in Greece (more details here), another was taken by authorities in Ireland for the same reason; she could not have been of Roma stock if she was blonde. Only, of course, she could. And surprise surprise, it turns out she was.
The uncomfortable thing about this is that it is almost certain that Ireland will get all the flack for that and Greece will get off scot free, simply because their equally baseless suspicions turned out to be correct. What won’t be covered as comprehensively is the racism that led to both sets of actions; both sets saw a girl who didn’t look enough like her parents and decided that she was abducted. That’s abducted, not legally or illegally adopted.
Suffice to say such an assumption is fairly unlikely to be made about any other group of people…
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