Woman discovers she is white at the age of 72

Woman discovers she is white at the age of 72
Published: 2015 June 26 08:29:17 (11613 Views)
A woman who was adopted and raised by two black parents has recently discovered she is in fact white, at the age of 72.

Before now Verda Byrd thought she was just a fair-skinned black woman and had the same racial background as her adoptive parents.

However she was shocked to discover her biological mother was white after her adoptive parents concealed her birth race from her all her life.



'I grew up not questioning birth or anything else, because it was never told to me that I was white,' she told USA today.

On her adoptive mother's death-bed she opened up to Verda about her birth-mother's ethnicity, causing her to seek out information about her biological parents.



Verda learnt that she was born into a family with nine siblings.

After her father left the family and her mother became seriously injured she was taken in by the state of Missouri.

She was adopted by Ray and Edwinna Wagner, who changed her name.

Verda has been able to reconnect with some of her biological siblings after discovering her heritage.

Obviously people have been quick to draw parallels between Verda and former NAACP president in Spokane Rachel Dolezal, however she has refuted these claims.

Verda said of Ms Dolezal: 'She lied about her race. I didn't lie because I didn't know.'



Source - Metro

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