Let me just begin by saying, all babies are beautiful regardless of race, ethnicity or creed. As a woman who struggled to have a child, I would be remiss to show ingratitude to the universe by denigrating anyone’s child.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me introduce myself. I am a young black woman married to an educated and wonderful man. Together, we have one healthy and handsome child who is the spitting image of his father. Being proud of this fact, I constantly bombard my family every chance I get with updated photos of him and post to Instagram so said family members won’t forget. Yet I notice an odd trend, I seem to be in a small class of black women who share photos of their fully black children. There seems to be this media push for black women to celebrate their children with “otherness”, meaning children of mixed race unions or children whose racial heritage is multicultural. Granted, this is not a new trend, it is a pattern I noticed but paid little attention to, prior to having my own child. When you become a mom, however, you become more acutely aware of things that previously did not hold your interest too long, if at all. Continue reading