I came into this world just as pink as could be…and I have pretty much stayed that way, as hard as I have tried to bronze myself in the summer sun, for the entirety of my caucasian life! My husband, well, he’s a different story. He came into the world, to a very confused and suspicious, black mother who thought her baby had been switched with an Indian child, with very light skin and a headful of STRAIGHT, silky black hair. What’s so strange about that? Well, nothing to those of us who know that children of African-American heritage can be born one shade (skin and eyes) and can take up to several months to “darken up” as my husband’s side of the family puts it.
I saw the pictures tonight. You know, THE pictures of Little Miss Blue Ivy Carter. My first thought was – “Wow! What a beautiful child!” My second thought, and I did feel a little badly about it but I’m going to be honest about it anyway, was – “Whew! That little girl lucked out comin’ out looking like her mama!” Never did it cross my mind to question the DNA of this precious baby girl. Never did I wonder if the pictures were staged, using another person’s baby. Never did I question whether the pregnancy was faked and that this, in fact was an adopted baby. Never.
In My Opinion:
I have to say, I am shocked by the ignorance so blatantly displayed in comment after comment below Blue Ivy’s first publically released photos. It’s not just white folks either, it’s a lot of people flashing their ugliness for the world to see. Really? First of all, I doubt that either Jay Z nor Beyonce give a flying fart about whether anyone believes this little girl is really theirs! Seriously. Secondly, why would she fake a pregnancy when celebs adopt all the time, and there is no shame in doing so? Lastly, and for all those who really just didn’t know:
Black/biracial children can, and often do, get darker complected as the weeks go by. Their hair can, and often does, change texture – even up into puberty and beyond. Their eyes, just as with white babies, can be a steely blue at birth and then eventually change to the color decided by their DNA later on. All five of our children were born with dark brown eyes, and they stayed that way. All five of ours were born with thick, STRAIGHT, jet black hair – and that changed in all five of them! One has thick and super curly, two have bigger ringlets, and two have barely a wave. Even now, our oldest son’s hair is changing again as he’s becoming a man. Their hair also lightened a shade from jet black to dark brown, and their skin (that started pink, like mine) darkened between just olive to true tan – and I remain the only pink person in our home!
Blue Ivy is their baby, People! Just congratulate the new family and mind your own business for crying out loud!