UPDATE 6:00 P.M. EST: The actor has taken to Instagram to clarify his comments, writing:
“I am a proud black man. I want my son to grow up to be a proud black man if he so chooses. He has a mother who is white. He has every right to be just as proud of his mother’s “blood” as well. Please wake up, people. It’s not that deep.”
Taye Diggs is going to catch a lot of flack for this one.
In a recent interview, Taye admitted that he doesn’t want people to call his six-year-old son Walker “black”. Considering the actor is a proud and self-identifying black man, this comment may be perplexing to some.
According to Diggs, he prefers the term mixed or biracial to describe Walker because the boy’s mother, Idina Menzel, is white. While the two are now divorced, they remain committed co-parents and have a lot of respect for one another.
Ok, we see where this is going!
Diggs clarified his position, explaining:
“When you call biracial kids Black, you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that’s my fear. 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?'”
Sounds pretty reasonable to us. As long as Taye’s stance comes from a place of love and respect, that’s all that matters!
The broadway star added:
“As African-Americans, we were so quick to say OK ‘he’s Black, he’s Black,’ and then there were the white people who were afraid to say he was biracial because who knows,” says Diggs. “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.”
Interesting points! It does seem like there’s some stigma attached with calling a person mixed or biracial…
To combat any potential incidences of prejudice or self-loathing from his son, T.D. wrote a book on mixed acceptance titled Mixed Me! It’s clear that the work definitely comes from the heart.
How wonderful! Hopefully this book comes in handy to parents and loved ones!
What do YOU think about Taye’s ideas on race?
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