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Taye Diggs Clarifies Comments About Having a Biracial Son

Taye Diggs Clarifies Comments About Having a Biracial Son

Taye Diggs is speaking out to clarify some comments he made about his biracial son Walker, whose mom is Idina Menzel.

The 44-year-old actor said that he hopes society doesn’t view him as “black” so that there is not confusion over his mom being white.

“When you [call biracial kids black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that’s my fear,” Taye told TheGrio.com. “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?’”

Taye later took to Twitter to share a clarification of his comments.

“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 said.

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  • VanityInsecurity

    Thank you Taye Diggs, for raising a child in this world with truth, unlike some people.

  • Aunt Heather

    If it’s not that “deep” then why’d you bring it up, Mr. Diggs.

  • Irish O’Jay

    Because people won’t leave him alone. Unfortunately people attack stars for every word they say. Some people are dumb as it appears you’re not too bright me having to explain this.

  • Irish O’Jay

    Society is ridiculous. Imagine having to explain this to people. Idiots.

  • WandaBread

    I don’t get why people are mad at him. Why should his son be ashamed of being mixed? Taye diggs is doing it right imo.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    He is totally right!!

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    They’re angry that he won’t identify his child as BLACK and won’t raising him to call himself Black. It’s ridiculous that we’re stuck on this Black/White thing. Even Halle Berry insists on identifying her daughter as only Black even though the child is only one-quarter black. She is three-quarters white. But Black people in America are brainwashed that they’re denying their race if they reject the “one drop rule”. But that rule was made by slave owners 300 years ago.

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  • Gina

    The truth is, white people won’t give a damn how he identifies himself, all they are gonna see is his black skin anyways and treat him like any other black person. They won’t care that his mom is white.

  • Gina

    The truth is, white people won’t give a damn how he identifies himself, all they are gonna see is his black skin anyways and treat him like any other black person. They won’t care that his mom is white.

  • VanityInsecurity

    That is your truth, not the truth.. big difference & if everyone saw things like you…..

  • Gina

    If everyone saw things like me, they’d be less in denial and they wouldn’t set themselves up to be disappointed.

  • Gina

    No, they’re angry because in the black community, many biracial children see themselves as better than black children because they have a white parent. But what these kids need to realize is that at the end of the day, a white person is still gonna call them a ni**er. It’s important that parents of biracial children warn them of this fact so that they aren’t shocked when it happens to them. It’s perfectly fine for biracial children to embrace and acknowledge BOTH their black & their white sides, but it’s also important that they don’t develop a false ego thinking that they are excluded from the hardships and racism that black people face. Obviously nobody is gonna tell a 3 year old these hard truths, but eventually he will have to when the kid is older.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I don’t know who these people are you’re talking about. I have never in my life called someone a n*gger, nor have I heard anyone use that word directed at another person. Frankly, I’m sick of negative rhetoric like yours defining the behavior of people you don’t even know.

  • Gina

    You’ve never used the n-word, great, pat yourself on the back. But for every person who doesn’t use that word, there is one who does. If you want to deny the existence of racism and racial bias, suit yourself, but people like you make it nearly impossible to have open and honest discussions about race because you never want to face unpleasant truths. Frankly, I’m sick of oblivious people like you defining the behavior of people YOU don’t know.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    “But for every person who doesn’t use that word, there is one who does”

    And you know this HOW??

    Stupid, phony “statistics” that are thoroughly unprovable but which make for good dramatic reading.

    “Frankly, I’m sick of oblivious people like you defining the behavior of people YOU don’t know.”

    LOL!!! Said the person who JUST stated some fake statistics that can’t be proved but make for good dramatic reading.

    So long!

  • Gina

    Do you know otherwise??? You act like all white people are saintly because that’s the way you see yourself. Have several seats. Unless you’ve been on the receiving end of the n-word, you have no right to get indignant with me, sweetheart. Penny Dreadful, sweeping racism under the rug one ignorant post at a time. Idiots like you are a part of the problem. So long, have fun in la la land you ignoramus.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    F*ck off. You’re an angry mess and I don’t have patience for it.

  • Gina

    You have the patience to respond though. Go F*ck yourself.

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