What would you do if you witnessed one woman berating her friend for having adopted a child of another color? "What Would You Do?" decided to find out.They also do the scenario with an African-American mom adopting a white child and her African-American friend disapproving. How do you think that scenario will play out?
Waiting at the counter of Mastoris Diner in Bordentown, N.J., our actress Traci watches the door, awaiting her friend, Diana, another WWYD actress. Both women are white. Diana plays a woman who has recently "adopted" a little girl (also an actress, who understands that the harsh words she may hear are only 'make believe').
Traci is excited about meeting the young girl for the first time, and she talks excitedly to other diner patrons about her anticipated encounter. But when Diana arrives, hand-in-hand with her black daughter, Nyree, Traci cannot hold back her shock and disdain.
"I thought she was going to be white," Traci says to her friend. "It doesn't make any sense. You should have a child that looks like you."
These blunt remarks turn the heads of customers who can hardly believe their ears. But what they don't know is that our "What Would You Do?" hidden cameras are rolling to discover reactions about how everyday Americans view interracial adoptions.
Friday, February 25, 2011
TRA: "What Would You Do?"
ABC News has a "What Would You Do?" series where they have an acted-out scenario in public to see how people will react. This week they tackle transracial adoption: