PSYCHOLOGY

At Age 70, Woman Found Out She’s Not Really African-American. How Is It Even Possible?

Date April 2, 2019

In recent years, more and more people decide in favor of adoption, even those who already have biological children. And the kid’s nationality or health status is no longer that important. For example, Charlize Theron’s and Sandra Bullock’s families are international, and Leah Spring became a mother to several kids with a developmental disorder.

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Often, adoptive parents don’t hide the truth from their children. However, in 2015 a rather high-profile case caused a huge stir: until the age of 70, elderly American Verda Byrd didn’t know that she had been adopted in childhood and that she is not African-American.

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Jeanette Beagle was born in 1942 to a large family. When her father left and her mother got in an accident that took away her ability to take care of the children, all her 10 sons and daughters were signed off for adoption.

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The girl who was eventually named Verda was taken in by a loving family of African-Americans Ray and Edwina Wagner. The adoptive mother kept Verda's origin a secret for all her life and told her daughter the truth shortly before passing away. Besides, Verda’s biological father’s nationality is not known for certain, so it could be his genes that made the girl’s skin a little darker.

It is strange that Verda never had any doubts about her ethnic identity. It just wasn’t an issue for her.

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The woman believed that her skin was merely lighter than that of others. After the truth came out, Verda found a few of her relatives and her amazing story became an inspiration for a book that made her a local celebrity. As one might assume, finding out her true ethnicity hadn't changed her personal identity.

This story is no less staggering than another famous one. Rachel Dolezal made a name for herself as a civil rights activist and an academic who specialized in African-American studies. She used to work at Eastern Washington University.

Rachel is a real fighter for her cause and a highly educated person if it wasn’t for the fact that she deliberately pretended to be African-American, which in fact she was not. After yet another one of her loud statements, Rachel’s biological parents couldn’t keep silent any longer: they forced her to recognize her European origin. Although Dolezal did her best to explain herself, she lost everything – trust, respect, and her job.

Modern society gives us many choices. And we have the right to decide what we want to be, believe, and do in life. But is it a good idea to hide the truth about children's origin from them, or try to pass for someone else, albeit with the best intentions in mind? What do you think?

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