Taye Diggs receives backlash over wanting his son to identify as biracial

Posted by Sidney, 30 Nov 15

Being Black you would expect that just as most people do, actor Taye Diggs would want his biracial son, Walker, to identify as Black. Well that is not the case here. Diggs wants his son to identify as biracial and acknowledge both worlds, the black and the white side... not identify as black only (like the “one-drop” rule would have it.) He made this very clear when on tour promoting his new children’s book, “Mixed Me.”

Well, this didn't sit well with the Black community on social media... some saying he was teaching his son to be ashamed of his Blackness, others calling him a self hater... It's like most people mistook Diggs' message to mean that he was telling he son to throw away his blackness.

Walker's mother Idina Menzel — Diggs’ former wife is Caucasian. According to Diggs, Walker isn't black; he is biracial. Diggs bravely defended his stand telling TheGrio.com:

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"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?'"

He stood firm on this telling TMZ:

“My son is mixed. His mother is White, his father is Black, and that’s just how it goes. I want him to be proud of who he is and I want him to be able to, on his own terms, include both parents. So, if anybody has an issue with that then they can go fly a kite. I want my son to be able to choose what he wants to be referred to and I don’t want him to have to disinclude (sic) his mother... His mother is a part of his makeup and the buck stops there. It’s that simple."

Diggs was also asked how he would feel if his son decided to identify as white. To this he said laughing:

“I’d tell him ‘good luck with that. But that’s his choice. If somebody came to him and said, ‘Oh, you are white.’ I’d say, ‘Well, you’re daddy is Black as well so don’t forget that.’" Below is also an Instagram message about it:

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Well, I guess its about time we accepted that individuals who look like Walker are here stay. I stand by and with Diggs on this one; we should teach our mixed race children to embrace, identify with and learn about both worlds (or more worlds in the case of more than two ethnic compositions). What say you?

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  1.   imanihope says:
    Posted: 13 Feb

    Can we please stop calling biracial and multiracial children "mixed"! "Mixed is a term for drinks, cakes, and dogs, it is not a term for people or children. If we have to be labeled can it be something that is respectful and dignified, not synonymous with alcoholic beverages or mutts. I am a biracial women from two wonderful cultures my children are as well. Better yet if you ask me my race, I'm human, enough said!

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  2.   Hope_1999 says:
    Posted: 18 Jan

    In the UK if you are half black and half white, you are mixed race. You cannot be black, as both parents are not! Am I missing something here?

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  3.   Mosiah7 says:
    Posted: 13 Dec 15

    I just hope that Taye Diggs can start getting more roles and find happiness in his love life. He's a good actor but it seems like he's received a backlash from a certain segment of the black population for having been married to a white woman. Some even took pleasure in the fact his marriage didn't last. As far as him wanting his child to be called biracial, that's their business but I hope he also teaches him that it's a very fine line in being black and being biracial. Most black Americans are mixed with something yet not too long ago even the light skinned ones had to ride in the back of the bus with all the other blacks. And even today being called black and being called biracial by others sometimes is dependent on how successful you are. For instance, Tiger Woods has a black father and a Korean mother. And when things were going great in his life, people proudly trumpeted his mixed race background and some even argued that he was only 1/4 black even though his Dad is black. But once his skeletons came out of the closet and his marriage ended due to his adultery he became just another ni--er in trouble and got tossed back to the black community. Be proud of all you are but don't forget your nappy roots.

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  4. Posted: 11 Dec 15

    I'm in complete agreeance with his choice to allow his son to be who he is. Much respect to ya, Mr. Diggs....

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  5.   ladybarb says:
    Posted: 07 Dec 15

    He's right. Why do people get so upset over this? In fact many of us are bi-racial, tri-racial and multiracial and there is nothing wrong with acknowledging that. I don't see why we just can't be Americans. You don't see other cultural groups saying they are Italian American, Greek- American, Hispanic- American I resent having to distinguish what I am. I am an American, period.

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