Two lesbians in Uniontown, Ohio decided it would be neat to have a baby. They tried and tried, but no matter what they did, neither got pregnant. So they signed up with a sperm bank.
When you sign up with a sperm bank you get to specify what characteristics you'd like your sperm donor to have. Apparently the sperm banks didn't get the memo about eugenics being the most evil idea anyone ever had in the history of the world, and the first step down a slippery slope to Nazism, gas chambers, and the invasion of Poland.
So these lesbians chose Donor 380, listed as a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white man. Unfortunately the registration clerk mis-transcribed the number, writing 330 instead of 380. Donor 330 was not a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white man. He was in point of fact a black man. Don't you hate when that happens? ['I can't let them do this to another family': White lesbian mother who was inseminated with black man's semen 'after sperm bank mixup' says she wanted blonde-hair blue-eyed baby, by Michael Zennie, Daily Mail, October 2, 2014]
In the fullness of time the baby was born, a healthy little girl. She is now two years old. She's not actually very black: an octoroon at the blackest, to judge from her pictures. (Right, Payton with her other mommy. ) She is definitely not blonde-haired and blue-eyed, though.
The lady who played hostess to the sperm, name of Jennifer Cramblett — I mean, that's the name of the lady, not the name of the sperm — is not pleased about this. She is in fact suing the sperm bank. Quote from her:
We had to take this into our hands because I will not let this happen again. I'm not going to sit back and let this happen to anyone ever again.
Ms. Cramblett says she has, quote, "limited cultural competency relative to African-Americans," end quote. She worries that her daughter will not be accepted in Uniontown, which is only 0.7 percent black.
Here's a quote from the lawsuit she's filed:
Payton [that's the infant] has hair typical of an African American girl. To get a decent cut, Jennifer must travel to a black neighborhood, far from where she lives, where she is obviously different in appearance, and not overtly welcome.
"Not overtly welcome"? Perhaps she's co-vertly welcome? But never mind that. Ms. Cramblett further fears, according to the lawsuit, that Payton will be the only non-white child in class when the time comes for her to attend school.
For goodness sake, doesn't this woman understand anything about race in America? If you're the only black child in class you get pampered, fussed over, and elected Class President. It's only when the numbers cross 25 percent that the For Sale signs go up. I am famously clueless about race in America, but even I know that.
In any case, there is no such thing as race. So … what is this story about, again?