Taye Diggs: I Don’t Want Son Choosing Between Being Black Or White (VIDEO)
Taye Diggs says he doesn’t want his six-year-old son Walker to have to choose between identifying as either black or white. While promoting his new children’s book “Mixed Me,” the actor noted in an interview that his son’s experience of having a black father and a white mother (Idina Menzel) inspired him to write the story. See what else Diggs had to say in the video below.
Diggs’ first children’s book, “Chocolate Me,” was based on his own childhood of growing up as a black boy in a predominately white neighborhood. While writing that book, Diggs realized many of the experiences that shaped who he is today varied wildly from his son’s because Walker is of different races.
Diggs told The Grio why he feels biracial kids should not simply identify as one race or the other. He said when you call biracial kids black, “You risk disrespecting that one half of who you are, and that’s my fear.” Diggs added, “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?'”
The actor further expressed that “Mixed Me” is really a book about “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.” See what else Taye Diggs had to say about his children’s book, “Mixed Me,” and tell Gossip Cop what you think.
UPDATE: In response to some of the controversial reaction to Digg’s stance, he posted on Instagram on Wednesday afternoon, “I am a proud black man. I want my son to grow up to be a proud black man if he so chooses. He has a mother who is white. He has every right to be just as proud of his mother’s ‘blood’ as well. Please wake up, people. It’s not that deep.”