IN THE NEW FILM "Losing Isaiah," a black lawyer representing a black mother who has abandoned her infant son argues in court that the child should be taken from his white adoptive parents and returned to his birth mother, a former crack addict, because "black babies belong with black mothers."
He asks the adoptive mother, played by Jessica Lange, whether any bedtime stories she reads to her son, Isaiah, have black characters.
When she says the books contain characters of all colors, the lawyer retorts: "So who is this child to identify with? The yellow Muppet?"
There are no simple answers to his question, in the film or in the real-life dramas it is based …