For the past few weeks, Nate Parker has been answering a barrage of questions from people about the 1999 Penn State rape charge he was later acquitted of. The controversy has raised dozens of questions – everything from whether or not folks should go out and support his upcoming film Birth Of A Nation to why Parker answered questions about the case so matter of factly in earlier interviews.
The controversy has also raised questions about Parker’s choice to marry Sarah DiSanto, who is not Black. They’ve been together for nine years and raise four children together. His marriage was something folks have been discussing at length on social media recently. Messages include everything from “Wait. Nate Parker said he tryna preserve the Black man? Ain’t his wife White? Lmao. He corny. Imma bootleg his movie smh,” to “So Nate Parker is “woke,” homophobic, and married to a White woman. He’s a Hotep’s wet dream.”
While speaking after a screening of The Birth of a Nation at The Merge Summit in Hollywood this week, Parker responded to that particular criticism in a conversation with interviewer Jawn Murray.
In this clip from our exclusive Q&A following the recent backlash from his response to the college rape case he was acquitted from, @TheBirthOfaNation star Nate Parker addresses the additional criticism he received for being in an interracial marriage. I hosted a “The Birth of a Nation” screening and conducted the Q&A with Nate as part of @TheMergeSummit in Hollywood. (Q&A video link in bio) @origi_nate #TheBirthOfANation #NateParker #TheMergeSummit2016 #Hollywood #WorkFlow #TheMergeSummit #interracial
“My wife is not African American,” Parker said. “I met my wife in college when I was 18 or 19. Nineteen? When I was 19. I fell in love with her. We’ve been together off and on since then. We got married nine years ago, August 10.”
Parker continued, noting that although his wife isn’t Black, she cares about the community and is, of course, raising Black children.
“She’s the love of my life. She’s not of African descent but she reads the books that I give her. She knows that she’s raising Black kids. I say that to say that I know I came under criticism for that and not that I have to speak to it. But I want everyone that can hear my voice to know that I love my wife but I love ya’ll, too.”
Check out more from Parker’s interview below.