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Father Receives Backlash For Adopting Black Son And His Response is Powerful

This father, Steven, goes by @Happilyevensafterr on TikTok. He gave a powerful response to critics that opposed him and his Wife, Ashley, for adopting a Black son. In a viral TikTok video, he encourages people who are against him to go and adopt a child and change their life for the better. He said, “There are so many kids of all ages and races who need adoption.”



It takes real bravery for Steven to put this out there for the world to see. There’s so much negativity on the internet and it’s so easy for people to say negative things online. Having more conversations like this is healthy for healing people from all the negative things that happened in the past. Even though these things are uncomfortable to talk about, it’s important to acknowledge it because it helps each and every one of us grow.


Everyday there are more people sharing stories about adopting outside of their race. Kendall Mariah also shared her story of adopting a black daughter. She said, “There was a lot of conversations that happened personally with us and our Black friends and our friends of color about the fact that we are both White, my husband and I…” Kendall said that she had no preference on the race of the baby or the parents.

Kendall Mariah

Watch his powerful response here:

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