African American actor Taye Diggs has a 6 year-old son with ex-wife Idina Menzel who is of Eastern European and Jewish descent. Diggs recently said in an interview with theGrio that he does not like to label his son as black but prefers calling him “mixed.”
“When you [describe biracial kids as 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,’” said Diggs.
Diggs has even written a children’s book titled “Mixed Me!”
So, of course the black community lost their minds over Diggs racial stance. But who cares, they lost their minds when he married Idina Menzel and accused him of only dating white women and hating on black women. And hello, Taye Diggs’ son is not the first biracial kid or light-skinneded kid to go through the labeling process, so everyone needs to get over it.
This debate about whether the offspring of an African American person and a person of European descent is not new. It was never a debate in the early 1900s thanks to the “one-drop rule” which deemed a person black if they had so much as one-drop of black blood.
Some people still subscribe to the one-drop rule – Halle Berry publicly declared that her daughter with French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry is black. ”I feel she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory,” she told Ebony magazine in 2011.
And some don’t -remember when Tiger Woods declared he is “cablinasian” -Caucasian, Black, Indian and Asian on The Oprah Winfrey Show? Everybody lost their minds over that one!
What everyone is forgetting is that it is 2015 and if Bruce Jenner can become Caitlyn Jenner then a person of color can call themselves whatever they damn well want to call themselves!
Just beware -everyone else thinks you look black, are black, and will treat you black. The label “mixed race” or “biracial” is not going to change how American society perceives you -especially not the police.
And here’s Diggs caring about what the haters think so much that he made a video to address them: