A picture of a white dad taking out his black daughter’s braids has set off the world of social media. Frank Somerville, a reporter on Oakland station KTVU showed a glimpse into his life with an image of him taking out the braids of his adopted daughter, who just happens to be black.
“So for those of you who think tv can be glamorous, this is how i spent my morning, learning how to take out my daughter’s braids. It takes a long time and a lot of patience!” He said on Facebook.
For some reason, people were touched by the image. We’re not sure if it’s because they just love to see any father spending time with his daughter or because they believe that her black daddy probably abandoned her. Here are some of the remarks:
“This makes me happy in so many different ways.”
Omg, you are so freaking awesome. Being a black woman myself, I know how time consuming taking braids down are. I commend you. Lemme know if u need any advice.
This is so sweet.!
If I bring my daughter to the studio, will you please do hers. It is soooo time consuming. LOL. Seriously, I don’t know too many dads that will do any girls’ hair so kudos to you.
I REALLY love this!! Such an awesome dad & daughter pic!
Whoa awesome . Don’t you just love some dads. They are the best.
This makes me happy in so many different ways….
A sign of the times!!
This is cool – another view of our world.
Priceless ~ love it.
Appreciate seeing what the media won’t show ~ real love of each other.
In response, Somerville posted the following status today:
“It’s not often that I am speechless, but I am floored by the response to the picture I posted, and by how touching and personal many of them were. To me the picture shows a dad doing what a dad SHOULD do, and loving every minute of it. The birth of my first daughter, and adopting my youngest daughter, are the two best moments of my life, and I feel like the luckiest dad in the world that my family is interracial. I can’t thank all of you enough. And remember CHANGE HAPPENS ONE PERSON AT A TIME!”
When Somerville talks about “change,” what is he referring to? Does he mean change in terms of race relations between whites and blacks? Is he referring to change in the state of black parenthood? Or is he talking about change in terms of the little girl’s hair?
We’re not here to be critical of the love being shown by this dad for his daughter. We are just wondering if the picture would get this much buzz if her daddy had been black. There are millions of black dads across the country making numerous sacrifices for their daughters each day. So, Somerville is right in that this is exactly what a dad SHOULD do.
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