There comes a time in every celebrity’s life when they have to learn the hard lesson of what happens when you play the people who supported you from the bottom up and Taye Diggs learned that lesson the hard earlier this week — though it appears he may need a remedial course.
After the actor was blasted for criticizing Black people for always trying to claim mixed-race individuals as their own and then saying, “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,’” Taye has attempted to do damage control, but we’re still not certain he’s hitting the mark.
Taking to Instagram he responded to the bi-racial backlash by saying:
“I am a proud Black man. I want my son to grow up and 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.”
Oh, but it is that deep brother Taye. See the only choice your son has in that scenario is the strong and proud part because society is going to see him as Black and treat him as such regardless of whether he identifies as Black, white, red, purple, blue, or a mixture of all of the above.
In a time when so many still want to run away from their Blackness, Taye, who has spoken before about his own experience as a dark-skinned man and wrote a whole book about it (“Chocolate Me”) has to know that it is quite that deep. We get where he’s going as far as not refusing to acknowledge one half of his racial makeup, but this whole idea of white pride and the notion that the need to recognize that element of one’s racial background holds the same significance as proudly acknowledging one is Black is laughable.