A mother on TikTok made a publish not too long ago that might ultimately depart thousands and thousands of individuals tuning again into her web page to determine the query even her associate is asking.
On April 22, 2023, Raina posted a video with the caption “cease denying,” and defined what she means within the video’s textual content overlay, which says “proving to my [baby daddy] that our daughter does look extra like him.”
Folks counsel a DNA take a look at after the dad would not consider their daughter is his.
The unique video first exhibits a photograph of their child lady — an adorably chunky little child — earlier than morphing into an precise digital camera feed the place the daddy sits staring. The purpose of the “morph” filter is to indicate how comparable the infant’s face appears to his, however he’s not having it.
He shakes his head and shortly turns away from the cellphone, nonetheless in disbelief that the kid is his, and it’s fairly apparent why he would suppose that. The child seems white and has mild pores and skin whereas the daddy is Black and has darker pores and skin.
Raina and hundreds of commenters are adamant that they appear alike, a lot in order that they’re calling for her to get a paternity take a look at to show her claims.
Raina additionally posted a comparability video of herself with the infant, suggesting they appear extra alike nonetheless viewers have been divided. Some argued that the baby was extra just like her father—so now, everyone seems to be confused.
There are calls all around the feedback for the dad and mom to conduct a DNA take a look at, and with what initially looks like a joke, Raina uploads a 3rd video exhibiting her on the Walgreens web site (or app) and ordering an at-home Paternity DNA take a look at.
Now, with the teasing that Raina has executed, folks have gotten invested within the state of affairs and need to know what the outcomes of this potential paternity take a look at are. Whereas Raina continues to goad the naysayers within the feedback, hundreds simply need to know the outcomes.
Most—if not all—of the feedback suggesting the person isn’t the kid’s father appear to be rooted in the concept a Black man couldn’t father a baby that seems white however within the difficult world of genes and DNA that is completely attainable. This perception can also be the supply of a novel type of racism skilled by dad and mom and youngsters who seem totally different in race.
A well-known case in 2010 noticed a Black couple residing in London give start to a seemingly white child lady. In keeping with the BBC, there are three potential causes for the infant’s surprising look: “dormant white genes which entered each of her dad and mom’ households way back, a genetic mutation distinctive to her, or albinism.” Black dad and mom can harbor a long-dormant Caucasian DNA from an interracial coupling.
Nevertheless, on this case, it could possibly be a lot easier — Raina isn’t Black so it’s totally attainable that her little one would not have darkish pores and skin both, despite the fact that she is completely nonetheless blended race.
2017 analysis additionally means that it might take as much as 20 months for a kid’s pores and skin pigment to develop or change.
Raina and her child’s dad did find yourself getting a paternity take a look at executed.
On April 28, 2023, Raina uploaded a video responding to a remark that learn “I’m instantly emotionally invested on this state of affairs. Sooo anxious for the outcomes.” Her personal caption for the video reads “Our appointment got here up at the moment and we’ll have the leads to the following couple days or so. It is going to be up and I can’t let you know how excited I’m to stunt on y’all.”
The video exhibits them strolling right into a LabCorp workplace the place the physician swabs the within of the infant’s dad’s mouth, in addition to the infant’s mouth.
Raina is satisfied that after the outcomes come again, she’ll be capable to show all of the naysayers improper as soon as it comes again constructive. Nevertheless, it has now been almost two weeks for the reason that add of that video.
There was no replace on the paternity take a look at in almost two weeks.
In reality, there hasn’t been a single publish on Raina’s account, interval. No add, no video, nothing. Within the feedback of her final video, she’s been teasing that they know the outcomes, however there’s nonetheless been radio silence.
Final Thursday, Might 4, 2023, Raina commented that she would publish the outcomes the following day, after which the following day, she advised somebody to “come again tomorrow,” after which nothing.
Some folks declare that her silence means the take a look at outcomes got here again with unfavorable outcomes. “It’s Saturday now boo-boo the place [are those] outcomes? Trigger [he’s] not the daddy,” somebody commented. Another person commented a present of assist, saying “It’s been 3 tomorrows! I’m loving the engagement y’all are getting,” implying that they’re withholding the outcomes simply to farm extra views.
Contemplating her final video — the one on the physician’s workplace — now has extra views than the unique video, sitting at 5.4 million, it is a technique that would work nicely for them. Nevertheless, she may need to take into consideration importing the outcomes quickly lest she is forgotten by the ever-changing TikTok algorithm.
Isaac Serna-Diez is an Assistant Editor who focuses on leisure and information, social justice, and politics.