Credit: Getty Images/The White House

Credit: Getty Images/The White House

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?

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  • Zorino

    Technically Obama is the first Mulatto POTUS. I kinda see Taye Diggs’ point. I once heard Obama refer to himself as Mutts.

    Then again, because the President does have more African phenotype it’s okay to say he is indeed the first Black POTUS. He identifies as Black. So …

  • Tia

    I have to call black people out on their crap with this whole ” but Obama identifies HIMSELF as black so it’s not like black people are pushing it on him ” The only reason black people are so damn accepting and respectful of the way Obama identifies himself is because he is identifying himself in accordance to what black people really want him to identify himself as which is BLACK. If Obama actually identified himself as Biracial instead of exclusively Black …. then black people wouldn’t be accepting of the way he “choose” to identify anymore , if Obama would have identified as anything other than black, black people would have thought ” Oh , so he must think he better than us ” Obama isn’t stupid, he catered to the insecurities he knows black people have when it comes to biracial people, which is that ” Biracial people must think they’re better than us ”

    If Obama had identified as what he actually is ( which IS Biracial ) instead of Black, then instead of Black people’s support … he would have gotten black people’s contempt and black people wouldn’t have voted for him and that is the freaking truth .

    To black people …. a Biracial person actually identifying as Biracial is code for ” This biracial person must think they’re better than Black people . ” Many Black people are insecure within their own Blackness, many Black people feel inferior because of it and when their around a biracial person that identifies themselves as biracial instead of black ” only ” the inferiority complex that many black people are suffering from starts to kick in…. because in their minds white really is superior to black and a biracial person though not white is still half and comes closer to what they deem to be superior to them and when a Biracial person actually identifies as what they are this only reminds them of it .

  • Tia

    omg I wish black people would STOP SAYING THIS, ” all black people are mixed ” crap . It’s not the same freaking thing and your butt knows it . Having a couple sprinkles left over from a white slave rapist ancestor IS NOT the same damn thing as having the awareness that you came from a white woman’s vagina or a white man’s penis . not only are the percentages for the average Black american different to a directly biracial person but the physiological aspects as far as identity goes is completely different. You can’t connect with your white slave master rapist of an ancestor but we can and DO connect to our white parent . You hold that white slave master in contempt ( as you should ) but we can not and DO NOT hold our white PARENT in contempt, we can not, , we love our white parent and connect with them , how can you compare a couple sprinkles that are bled over from and atrocity such as rape , to our white parent who we came directly from, who looked at us as their own children not their pickaninnies . That’s like comparing Apples and oranges both are fruits and both are round in shape but both are distinct enough from each other to give them separate names .