A young woman riled up Redditors after she made a snide comment about her new baby niece. As far as she’s concerned, her aunt and uncle brought it on themselves. Here is the full story.
She Bridged Cultures
OP is an 18-year-old Chinese woman who was adopted by a white family when she was little.
Not Everyone Accepted Her
There haven’t been any problems at home because of OP’s race, but there have definitely been issues in the extended family.
They Were a Big Problem
A particular aunt and uncle have been really tough for OP over the years because they are closed-minded and bigoted in general.
They Don’t Like Anyone
They constantly make derogatory comments about non-white people, gay people, and anyone else who is not like them. The aunt and uncle have said several times that OP is not really family.
She Just Ignores Them
All of that is hurtful, of course, but OP mostly lets it slide. She hardly ever sees that particular aunt and uncle outside of the odd family reunion.
Their Worlds Collided
But all of the hard feelings and prejudice came to a head at the most recent reunion, where OP ran into this aunt and uncle again.
They Didn’t Want a Kid Like Her
For years, the aunt had been struggling with fertility issues. But they didn’t want to adopt and end up with a “problem child” like OP.
She Wasted Her Purpose
It didn’t help the dynamic that OP herself had to get a hysterectomy at a young age. The conservative aunt and uncle condemned her for wasting her “purpose” as a woman.
She Wouldn’t Have Done It
Weirdly, the aunt and uncle even said they were upset that OP couldn’t be a surrogate for them. She thought that was for the best since they wouldn’t have been happy with a baby who had Chinese bloodlines.
She Was a Surprise
Finally, OP’s aunt and uncle settled on using an egg donor and had success. They brought their new baby daughter to the reunion, even though she had surprised them.
She Looked Different
That’s because the egg donor reported her ethnicity as Caucasian, but it turned out her grandmother was Guyanese. As a result, OP’s new little niece had a very dark complexion.
Karma Has a Sense of Humor
OP thought the whole situation was sort of humorous given how racist her aunt and uncle had proven themselves to be over the years.
They Were Exhausted
And it was clear from the moment OP laid eyes on them that her aunt and uncle were frazzled and unhappy.
They Were Weighing Their Options
Not only were they taking care of a baby, but OP heard through the family grapevine that the aunt and uncle were considering what recourse they had with the fertility clinic.
She Couldn’t Resist
After all the grief she had taken from them over the years, OP couldn’t resist dishing a little of it back on her aunt and uncle.
They Missed Their Chance
So, making sure they were close enough to hear, OP told her mom it was a shame the couple hadn’t adopted. Then, she said, they could have picked out a “nice white baby.”
She Was Being Nosy
OP’s uncle was furious and started yelling at her about minding her own business and staying out of their personal life.
And OP’s aunt just started crying. OP knew she’d hit her mark.
Mom Was Torn
OP’s mom had to stifle her laughter, but she told her daughter she should apologize and try to smooth things over.
Dad Is on Her Size
But OP’s dad thinks the aunt and uncle needed to hear the truth and take a good, long look in the mirror. He doesn’t think an apology is called for.
She Has Mixed Feelings
Now, OP is torn about whether to apologize or not. She knows her aunt and uncle had it coming, but she can see they’re hurt.
The Kid Is Innocent
And OP also feels bad for dragging her baby niece into a simmering family feud. Redditors are somewhat divided on this story, though most of them think OP was justified in making her comment.
Childish and Vindictive?
They say that aunt and uncle’s racism needs to be exposed at every turn. Some think OP was a little childish and vindictive, and that her comments didn’t really fit the context of the situation. They agree with her that her cousin is an innocent bystander.
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