Taye Diggs Gets Dragged For Wanting His Son To Be Seen As Biracial

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 11/18/2015 | 03:30 PM EST

'When you [call biracial kids Black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are.'

Taye Diggs has gotten on the wrong side of #BlackTwitter and they are letting him have it.


The trouble began when the actor sat for an interview with theGrio in which he discussed his newest children's book, "Mixed Me!", inspired by his biracial son Walker with actress/singer Indina Menzel. While chatting about his son's upbringing and race relations in America, Diggs said it was his hope that his son wouldn't only be seen as black.


"When you [call biracial kids Black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that's my fear," he explained. "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?'"


Diggs went on to use President Barack Obama as an example, pointing to the fact that everyone refers to him as "the first black President."


"As African-Americans, we were so quick to say OK 'he's Black, he's Black,' and then there were the white people who were afraid to say he was biracial because who knows," Diggs said. "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."


As you could imagine, Diggs' comments have landed him in some 'dangerous waters.' Folks on social media have called the actor out for his controversial remarks.


"Somebody tell Taye diggs. Black man +white lady = black baby , white man +black lady= black baby that's just how it is bro," wrote rapper Styles P.


One commenter stated, "How is Taye Diggs blacker than 11:45 and in fear that his offspring will come out black, as well?"


Another chimed in, "Taye Diggs- As much racial tension their is in this country I would definitely let my son know that he is black. And be proud of it."


Diggs has yet to comment on the backlash.

 

(Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)

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