By Bill Matthews
Eric and Victoria Grant with their daughter, Adrianne
(DETROIT) First there was the Roloff family (Little People, Big World). Then came the Duggars (18 and Counting). Now TV is introducing another oddball family: The Grants.
This African-American family is perhaps even stranger than one comprised of dwarfs or one that breeds like rabbits. Eric and Victoria Grant are actually married and their only child, daughter Adrianne, was conceived after their nuptials. Even more shocking: Adrianne, 4, is the only child either one of them has.
“We had heard a rumor of a young, African-American nuclear family living in Detroit, but didn’t imagine it was true,” Marty Nevers, executive producer of Grant Me a Wish, which chronicles the daily struggle of the young family, told The Peoples News. “But there they were, living in Southwestern Detroit of all places, a mother, child—and father, for goodness sakes.”
Nevers swears that the young couple aren’t actors. Eric, 34, is a maintenance man at Chadsey High School and Victoria, 31, is a nurse’s aide.
Both say they grew up in traditional black families: Victoria’s parents never married, but had seven children together. Eric, meanwhile, never met his father and his mother has five other children by three men.
In many ways, the Grants are just like any other family, African American or otherwise. As Grant Me a Wish shows, they struggle with money, holding onto jobs , raising Adrianne, and the question of having a second child.
But the Grants’ unique family structure (almost 70 percent of African American children grow up in single parent homes) makes them stand out–often with negative results. Eric has lost count how many times he’s been harassed for DWABF (driving while a black father).
“Cops see me in the car with Victoria and Adrianne, and they think I’m kidnapping them,” Eric said, the anger in his voice obvious. “But I suppose that’s what happens when you try to break barriers.”
Eric said that growing up he and his friends used to talk about how they would one day father lots of kids out of wedlock and then split. Similarly, Victoria dreamed of not using birth control so she could have babies that didn’t know their dads and she wouldn’t be able to raise properly.
But somewhere along the way, their goals changed.
“One day it hit me that maybe it would be better if my kids had a dad who was married to me,” recalled Victoria.
“It’s really sad when you think that our situation is so unique among African Americans that someone wanted to make a show about us. The best thing I ever did was wait to get pregnant until after I had met a good man. More blacks should do the same.”
Catch Grant me a Wish every Tuesday at 9 p.m. on A&E.
Note: This article is satire, brought to you by the creative minds at The Peoples News.
© 2009 The Peoples News
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