Why Doesn't Taye Diggs Want His Biracial Son To Be Called 'Black'?

by
Cierra Bailey
Black actor Taye Diggs wants his mixed race son to embrace both parts of him, but the way he conveyed that message didn't go over so well on social media.

Oh boy … black actor Taye Diggs made quite the stir with comments regarding his biracial son with white actress Idina Menzel.

While on a press tour promoting his new children’s book Mixed Me, which speaks to the experiences of biracial children, Diggs said during an interview;

“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?'”

That statement did NOT go over very well once the Twittersphere got a hold of it.

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There’s already a stigma attached to black men who date and marry outside of their race that by doing so they are “denying” their blackness or in essence “betraying” the black woman. Since Diggs made those remarks about his son's racial identity, it seemed like he was confirming that mindset.

The way Diggs worded his original statements made it sound like he just didn’t want his kid to be viewed as black, period.

Twitter users wasted no time pointing out that SOCIETY is going to label Diggs' son based on what he LOOKS like regardless of how he identifies himself.

No one tried to justify the out-of-touch societal norm that ignores the fact that we are a multiracial population, but it’s just a simple fact. If he looks more African-American, that’s what people will see with their eyes and that’s what he will be to them.

People on Twitter suggested that since it's inevitable, Diggs should teach his son to EMBRACE being identified as black and be proud of what he looks like rather than grow up to resent being called “black” instead of “mixed.”

Upon receiving plenty of backlash and “Black Twitter” threatening to disown Diggs, he responded to the criticism and clarified his point of view.

It's true...mixed race children should be able to claim both of their racial identities openly, comfortably and proudly. However, it doesn't really sit well to imply that it's somehow a "negative" thing to be recognized by the race that corresponds more to your outer appearance.

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