Another day, another questionable race comment.
While promoting his second children’s book “Mixed Me,” actor Taye Diggs made a statement that’s landed him on the pitchfork of the Black community.
“As African-Americans we were so quick to say okay he’s black he’s black, and then there were the white people who were afraid to say he was biracial because who know,’ He explained in an exclusive interview with The Grio. “Everybody refers to him as the first black president, I’m not saying it’s wrong, I’m just saying that it’s interesting. It would be great if it didn’t matter and that people could call him mixed. We’re still choosing to make that decision, and that’s when I think you get into some dangerous waters.”
Continuing the complex dialogue about racial identification, he revealed he doesn’t want his son to only identify as Black.
“When you [call biracial kids Black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that’s my fear,” he explains. “I don’t want my son to be in a situation where he calls himself Black and everyone thinks he has a Black mom and a Black dad, and then they see a white mother, they wonder, ‘oh, what’s going on?‘”
What say you readers? Offended?
Taye Diggs Doesn’t Want His Biracial Son To Identify As Black was originally published on hellobeautiful.com