Taye Diggs Responds To Backlash From Biracial Comments: 'I Am A Proud Black Man'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 11/19/2015 | 09:00 AM EST

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Actor believes his comments were taken out of proportion

Actor Taye Diggs has responded to the backlash stemming from his comments made during a recent interview with theGrio, in which he asked that his 6-year-old son be seen as biracial and not just 'black.'

In a post on Instagram, he wrote:

"I am a proud black man. I want my son to grow up to 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 as his mother's 'blood' as well. Please wake up, people. It's not that deep."

As previously reported, the 44-year-old star was speaking in promotion of his latest children's book "Mixed Me," which was inspired by his son with actress/singer Indina Menzel. Diggs said he hoped outsiders would acknowledge both sides of the young boy and not just one part.

News of Diggs' remarks quickly spread across the web, making him a trending topic on Twitter for all the wrong reasons. Commenters accused the actor of being ashamed of his race and noted that no matter how hard he tried, his son would always be considered black by the outside world.



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