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A white Ohio mom is suing a sperm bank for sending her vials from a black donor, saying her biracial 2-year-old daughter will be stigmatized by her family and the “intolerant” town where they live and has to travel to get her hair done.
Untangling the grievances here is daunting:
- Is the woman racist for objecting to a black sperm donor?
- Is the sperm bank homophobic for providing poor service to a lesbian?
- Should the town be razed for being racist, homophobic and offering inadequate sperm classification?
- How exactly are the Koch brothers to blame?
Jennifer Cramblett thought she was being inseminated with a white man’s sperm in 2011 and only discovered after she was pregnant that the Midwest Sperm Bank sent the wrong batch, according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
The child, Payton, is now 2 years old and already experiencing prejudice in Uniontown, where 98 percent of the residents are white, court papers say.
Excuse me, but what prejudice does a biracial two-year-old face? Segregated sippy cups? Being sent to the back of the Big Wheel? As an sleep-deprived parent of former two-year-olds, one of the few redeeming features of that age is a complete lack of preexisting biases.
As an example of the difficulties the family faces, the suit cited hair care for the toddler.
This is Selma all over again.
”Getting a young daughter’s hair cut is not particularly stressful for most mothers, but to Jennifer it is not a routine matter, because Payton has hair typical of an African American girl,” the suit says. “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.”
Eek — not a black neighborhood! The struggle is real. And, for the record, getting a two-year-old girl’s hair cut is a harrowing nightmare for every parent. My eardrums are just beginning to heal.
Cramlett’s lawyer, Thomas Intili, told NBC News his client “lives in an all-white community in eastern Ohio. She did not encounter any African-American people until she entered college. Not all her friends and family members are racially sensitive.”
No offense, mom, but it sounds like you’re the one freaking out about race, not your friends or family members — and certainly not your innocent child. No one else in Uniontown is suing over sperm being insufficiently Aryan.
The only person making race an issue is Cramlett. What do you think her child will think when she learns how disappointed mom was over her racial makeup? Not only that she sued over this “mistake,” but that she ran to the national media to publicize her anger over her daughter’s unacceptable melanin count?
Meanwhile, Cramlett’s hometown is bewildered at her allegations of intolerance. John Arnold, a town trustee, says the community accepts everyone. “We have a large Mennonite community and a lot of the members have adopted African-American children and babies from all over the world and those kids have been treated fine,” he said. Speaking of Cramlett and her partner, he adds, “they obviously have a beautiful, healthy 2-year-old.”
This guy sounds like a monster.
In this age of designer babies and in light of the sperm bank’s legitimate error, this ungrateful mom probably has a legal case. But Cramlett’s plan to make money by making her kid feel unloved and calling everyone in her family and community a racist makes her the true culprit in this story.
Image via NBC News.