I Find It Abusive When People Refer To My Son As “Black.” – African American Actor, Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs, a 44 year old black american actor who has a 7 year old son named Walker Nathaniel Diggs, with ex-wife, actress and singer Idina Mendez (of Frozen) wrote a piece about race where he said he finds it offensive when people refer to his son as “black.”. What he wrote below…

“The first book I wrote, Chocolate Me, was based on my experiences growing up a little chocolate boy in a predominantly white neighborhood, and how I would get made fun of, and how through my mother and father and my own recognition, I was able to develop the power of self love,”

“My new book [Mixed Me] is kind of along similar lines for my son, even though in this day and age he’s going to have less of an issue being mixed than I did. It’s a book of self love and self appreciation and knowing that you are special regardless of what people will say about you because people will always say stuff,”

Diggs then turned his focus to former President Obama, whom is often described as the first black U.S. president when in fact he’s biracial. Diggs hopes that soon society will begin to identify Obama more often as mixed.

“As African Americans we were so quick to say ‘okay he’s black he’s black,’ and then there were the white people who were afraid to say he was biracial because who knows. . . 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.”

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  1. My husband was African-Ameriican I am a Caucasian descent we had a child together our son is both he’s African-American and Caucasian so he’s mixed but you know what is more important me he’s human he doesn’t have to defined his self or anybody else he is who he is and whatever he says he wants to be that’s what makes him comfortable

  2. My children are mixed and they do recognise that they are. However he has not stopped racist white people from calling them the N word. No matter how mix they are all racist sees is the colour of their skin . It’s not for Taye Diggd to decide how we son is identified it will be out to his son because the matter how much he tries to emphasise he will never be able to know. I speak to my children about how they see themselves and they tell me they’re quite happy to identify both sides and as much as I try to identify with them I won’t be able to because I’m not in their shoes . Her father and I show them love and enable them to learn about both cultures which I feel has helped them and they’re very very successful adults now .

  3. My friend hates being identified as African American. His family has been in the U.S. for generations, and they have no ties to Africa other than the skin color. He is American, you don’t identify anyone else who has been in the U.S. for generations by the country/continent their ancestors came from over 150 years ago.

    • You must never forget where you come from, your roots, your culture. Your friend is asleep. The fact that blacks were forcefully taken from their homeland speaks for itself. Whites are not even ‘Americans’. You and your friend need to educate yourselves.

      • Have you not oftem heard whites referred to as “white anglo-saxon” or “irish-american”. Whether you like it or not you will always be referred to as ” African-american” simply because that’s what you are.

  4. What is wrong with Taye Diggs? He is black therefore so is his son. I identify as Black and African American. I live in the United States and it reminds me every day that I am black. Taye should have thought about that before he had a son.

  5. I guess he has never learn about the one drop rule?! Right!! So what if his son is mixed society will look at him as black man not a white , latino or hispanic ! Smh

  6. DNA results indicate most blacks in America are mixed, despite the narrative that whites segregated us and had nothing to do with us. DNA says miscegenation was rampant during slavery, and Jim Crow. In America, if you look black, you’re assumed to be black, and there should be no insult in being taken for black, unless you think it’s bad.

  7. However , President Obama was a guest on the Tom Joyner morning radio show. Tom refered to him as the first black President , and President Obama responded by saying , ” Tom , I dont see myself as the first black president , because Black has no standing at law . Do your research and look this up google . Looks like President Obama , was trying to tell all these people in America , that call themselves Black something. But they missed it.

  8. Comment*Barack Obama calls himself African American. he recognises embraces his racial heritage with pride. in all formal papers he is African American

  9. I could really care less about this wannabe white black man. As you can see hea always wanted to be white no matter how black he is! So to each their own…..but for him to say he’s offended by someone calling his son black! Now that’s too much and he needs that reality check!

  10. Taye Diggs got a problem. “Mixed?” Gimme a break. 100% of us born in the USA who descended from slaves are ‘mixed’ – thanks to systematic rape of black women. Please remember that when a cop is going upside your head. Tell that white supremacist that you’re not black, but ‘mixed.’ That will surely inspire him to stop swinging.

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