White dad stokes fury by asking ‘black TikTok’ for advice on styling his adopted black baby Zoë’s curly hair – internet slams him for lousy parenting and using infant as social media prop

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Will has deleted a TikTok post that went viral and provoked outrage over the interracial adoption

A white dad has stoked fury on the internet by asking ‘black TikTok’ for help styling the hair of his adopted black baby girl.

The dad, known as Will, on Sunday posted a video of him brushing his infant Zoe’s locks, asking about products or techniques that will make them more manageable.

The 36-year-old from Dallas, Texas, deleted the video after users expressed outrage at his poor parenting and for using the baby to get attention.

The case shines an uncomfortable spotlight on interracial adoptions and how social media fuels attention-seeking, virtue-signalling behavior.

Will has deleted a TikTok post that went viral and provoked outrage over the interracial adoption 

‘We have adopted a black baby, her name is Zoë, and I don’t know what to do for her hair,’ Will told his 34,000 followers in the now-deleted video.

‘Please, any black parents or anyone who knows what to do with black children’s hair, please help me in the comments.’

The clip then focuses on Zoë, a cute baby with more hair than the average newborn.

Some TikTokers replied with genuine suggestions for managing her frizzy locks.

But most responded angrily that Will and his husband, who is also white, had adopted a black baby for social media posts.

‘Pray for baby Zoe,’ posted one.

‘Will’s concern was to go viral,’ said the creator known as @mannylifedaily.

‘And you finally did, Will, off the back of a black baby.’

Some commentators said Will had failed to do basic research about raising a black girl.

Others noted that he went straight to social media, rather than Googling about Afro-hair or asking an African-American friend.

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The adorable baby Zoë has a little more hair than the average newborn

The adorable baby Zoë has a little more hair than the average newborn 

Will says the original post was a harmless request for information and that he was surprised by the backlash

Will says the original post was a harmless request for information and that he was surprised by the backlash 

But critics accused him of using the cute infant to get attention on the internet

But critics accused him of using the cute infant to get attention on the internet

‘You have a few months to become an anti-racist,’ said mary_says, a TikToker who posts about childcare.

‘If you ever want to pass as a barely-acceptable parent to this person.’

Will appears to have switched his social media accounts to private amid the outrage, but not before other users re-shared his previous posts.

Some show Will and his husband wearing expensive designer clothes, posing with Zoe and their dogs.

The couple also documented what appears to be a private adoption process, including scans of the unborn child and at the hospital during the birth.

Will did not immediately answer DailyMail.com’s efforts to reach out to him.

But he told NBC News that he thought his original post was harmless and that he was shocked by the backlash.

‘I could have the best intentions and still mess up,’ Will told the outlet, on condition that his last name not be used.

He said he regrets posting the original question.

‘I’ve learned that I need to be very intentional about the community that surrounds us and her on a consistent basis and have people who look like her talk to her,’ he said.

The case shines an uncomfortable spotlight on interracial adoptions

The case shines an uncomfortable spotlight on interracial adoptions

‘I want Zoë to grow up to love herself. That includes her personality, her skin color, her hair, everything.’

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The case puts a spotlight on trans-racial adoptions, which within the US often involve white parents adopting black or Native American children.

Between 2017 and 2019, around 28 percent of all adoptions were trans-racial, says a University of Nevada, Reno study.

Among them, the parents were white 90 percent of the time.

Supporters of trans-racial adoptions say enlightened parents are colorblind and that it’s easy to love a baby of any skin color.

They also say that black and brown infants are less likely to be adopted and more likely to languish for years in some type of state-run care.

But critics say babies like Zoë end up being raised by parents who do not understand their cultural and ethnic background.

Black adoptees have spoken up about that hardships of growing up in a household culture that was at odds with their skin color.

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