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A Black South Carolina man found himself in the battle of his life last year as he fought to keep his girlfriend from giving their baby up for adoption at the request of her parents, who refused to accept the child because she’s biracial.

According to The Atlantic, 25-year-old Christopher Emmanuel said things were going well with his girlfriend and the two of them were both very excited to learn that she was pregnant. They were apparently in the midst of family planning when the woman’s parents, who had been out of town for much of her pregnancy, returned home and were furious to learn that their Caucasian daughter was pregnant by a Black man. They reportedly told their daughter that she should be “ashamed of herself” for getting “pregnant by a n****r.”

Chris says the mother of his child then called him crying but insisted that she would give their baby to him before putting her up for adoption to an outside family. Unfortunately, he later learned that she’d lied and that she had already begun the adoption process without his knowledge or consent, which wasn’t needed under South Carolina law which took their unmarried status as an indication that he wasn’t interested in being a father to his unborn child. At the time that he was served with court papers notifying him of the adoption proceedings, Chris says he didn’t even know that his daughter had been born as his girlfriend had told him just the day before that she was still pregnant and had not yet given birth.

In the end and after a long, drawn out fight with his girlfriend’s parents and the courts to prove that he had been invested in his daughter’s life since learning of her pregnancy, Chris fortunately won his case in court and was awarded custody of his daughter. He later wrote about his ordeal in a piece for the NY Times to advocate for fathers receiving equal rights to the birth mother when it comes to decisions on outside adoption.

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  • wb

    WHY JUST WHY WHITE WOMEN NOW MAKE ME SICK.YOU WHITE WOMEN WHO GO WITH BLACK MEN ARE GROSS.SHAME ON YOU RACE TRAITORS.IN THE END YOU WILL REGRET IT.SO GROSS YUUUUK

  • TivoliEclipse

    Of course, he would fight for a bi-racial child. Black men are so broken.

  • Pema

    I read the full article in The Atlantic and this guy is a real idiot. Congrats on getting your daughter though.

  • Danaija of the Orishas

    White people are fucked up. The girlfriend set that up on purpose. She lied to him about how long she was pregnant. She didn’t want the child in the first place. She already gave birth, but lied to him a couple of days before and said that she just found out she was pregnant. She was trying to use black stereotypes against him in court so that she could win the case. So that when she shows up to court with a baby he didn’t know was already born (because she hid her pregnancy) she can say “He was absent since her birth”. White people are matters of deception, manipulative, two faced and very dirty. That’s why I don’t date white men anymore and that’s why I don’t keep white friends.