At a time when many believe that racial tension in America is at an all-time high, one man is doing what he can to break down the race wall.
Eight years ago, Barry Farmer, a 29-year-old Black man, decided to become a foster parent. After going through the necessary training, Farmer knew he could make a positive impact on the lives of children. He started by adopted Darrell, 14. Before he knew it, Farmer subsequently adopted Xavier, 12, and Jeremiah, 6.
And all of his new sons happened to be white.
“In this day in time when it comes to family, and seeing color or seeing unity and belonging, and that’s what I was hoping to accomplish with my family anyway,” Farmer said. “When I have them now I can’t imagine them anywhere else, and it’s a typical family. We may not look alike, but it’s a typical family. I just want them to be someone that I can be proud of and they can be proud of and that’s all it takes.”
Darrell told ABC News 8 about the moment seven years ago when he knew he and Farmer belonged together.
“Dad was like, ‘Can I be your dad forever?’ And I was like, ‘You already are.’ And that is how I came to stay here. I was in this dark spot at first and then he just comes in the picture. And everything’s all right.”
(Photo: Barry Farmer via Abc 8 News)