We’ve seen this photo all over, and was shared by a legion of people.
It was overwhelmingly positive, but one (ostensibly) black man took issue.
“F**king disgrace smh smh nasty ass crakka touching sister hair smh”
And, powerful man with the necessary resources stood up for himself and his sweet little black daughter. In the San Francisco Chronicle, the most highly circulated newspaper in San Francisco, and one of the top newspapers in the country. Here’s what Frank Somerville said:
I’m not posting the guy’s full name. I don’t think there’s any need for that.
What I can say is that I feel sad for him. Because of his life experiences, when he looks at this picture he doesn’t see a dad who loves his daughter with all his heart.
All he sees is a “f**king disgrace” and a “crakka touching sister hair.”
I actually wrote him back and asked him why he would say that.
He hasn’t responded. I hope he does because I’m genuinely curious to hear his answer.
We always knew that when we adopted my daughter we might get comments like that. But I can’t even remember the last time it happened.
In fact, I can probably count on one hand the number of negative things people have said.
This one though is by far the nastiest comment we’ve gotten. Again, it doesn’t make me angry. Just sad.
The only way it would make me upset is if someone said something like that to my daughter’s face. Because that would hurt her. And no one is going to hurt my daughter.
And…that’s how you protect black girls and women, folks.