Taye Diggs responds to backlash over “mixed” comments about his son.
Taye Diggs is defending comments he made about his biracial son while promoting his new children’s book, “Mixed Me”
“Mixed Me” is inspired by the actor’s six-year-old son, Walker, he shares with actress and singer Idina Menzel.
Taye discussed the purpose of the book and the message it conveys.
“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.
Eyebrows were raised and heads tilted when the actor said he would prefer for his son to be identified as mixed rather than being immediately labeled as black.
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. Everybody refers to him as the first black president, I’m not saying it’s wrong, I’m just saying that it’s interesting. 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.
Taye hopes “Mixed Me” will help biracial children know they don’t have to choose black or white. They can embrace both races equally.
As you can imagine, the backlash was swift and harsh with people calling him everything from an Uncle Tom to …well, things we can’t write in this post.
Taye has responded to his critics saying he’s a “proud black man.”
He also implored folks to “wake up” and realize “it’s not that deep.”