Taye Diggs Recently Did an interview with The Grio discussing his new children’s book, Mixed Me. It’s a spin on his first book, Chocolate Me, written for his bi-racial son, detailing his experiences as a dark-skinned boy. The conversation turned to President Obama, the product of an interracial relationship, and the actor brought up the question of whether or not Obama was really the First Black President or the First Mixed President.
He said, “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.”
It’s possible to see where Diggs is coming from if you tilt your head to the side, but removing the technicalities of the argument and focusing solely on facts, President Obama referred to himself as a Black President, so as a nation we simply followed suit.
What are your thoughts on Digg’s comments?