Taye Diggs: Actor angry when son is called "black"

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    Taye Diggs and son, Nathaniel

    Taye Diggs is one of the most famous and succesful African American actors in Hollywood but according to him, his skin color doesn’t permit anyone calling him or his son, “black”.

    Taye Diggs is one of the most famous and succesful African American actors in Hollywood but according to him, his skin color doesn’t permit anyone calling him or his son, “black”.

    The 44-year-old ‘Private Practice’ star, who has a 6-year-old son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs with ex wife and singer Idina Mendez penned a piece about race on Facebook explaining that he picks offence when people refer to his son as “black”.

     

    “The first book I wrote, ‘Chocolate Me’, was based on my experiences growing up a little chocolate boy in a predominantly white neighborhood, and how I would get made fun of, and how through my mother and father and my own recognition, I was able to develop the power of self love,” he wrote

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    “My new book [Mixed Me] is kind of along similar lines for my son, even though in this day and age he’s going to have less of an issue being mixed than I did. It’s a book of self love and self appreciation and knowing that you are special regardless of what people will say about you because people will always say stuff,” he continued.

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    Diggs then turned his focus to President Obama, whom is often described as the first black U.S. president when in fact he’s biracial. “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. . . 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,” he explained.

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