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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 11, 2019

Headline about white man asking his black friend to impregnate his wife is from a satirical website

A recent Facebook post suggests that a Portland man made news when, conflicted by his own white privilege, he set out to try to make a dent in the societal issue using unconventional means. 

"White man asked black friend to impregnate his wife to fight ‘white privilege,’" reads what looks like a headline over a photo of a white man and woman holding a child with darker skin in their arms. The story has a Portland, Oregon, dateline, and goes on to say: "A caucasian man has asked an African-American man to impregnate his wife because he felt ashamed of his ‘white privilege.’"

It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

The image is a screenshot of an undated story on World News Daily Report, a satirical website. 

"All characters appearing in the articles in this website — even those based on real people — are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle," says a disclaimer at the bottom of the web page.

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That would include 43-year-old Peyton Wesley, the invented Portland man who supposedly asked a black man to father his wife’s child. 

On Facebook, though, the screenshot lacks context, and someone has stamped the word "cuck" on the forehead of the man pictured. In the post’s comments, other Facebook users appear to believe the story’s authentic. 

"That is literally pathetic," one person said. 

No, it’s actually just fake. We rate this post False.

 

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