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Taye Diggs Faces Backlash for Saying His Son Is 'Not Black'

The Short of It

Taye Diggs comments about his son being of "mixed race" has some people up in arms, but the star dad isn't backing down.

The Lowdown

Diggs' new children's book "Mixed Me" is inspired by the 6-year-old son, named Walker, he shares with actress, singer, and ex-wife Idina Menzel. It's about a little boy with parents from different races, who is often questioned about his appearance.

While promoting the book, Diggs said this: "When you [call biracial kids black], you risk disrespecting that one half of who you are and that's my fear. 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?'"

Now the Internet is ablaze with criticism. On Twitter, Diggs defended his comments by saying he is a proud black man, and his son can be too, if he wants. But Walker can be just as proud of his white heritage. "Wake up, people. It's not that deep," the outspoken star tweeted.

Diggs' comments regarding President Obama are also sparking a debate: "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. 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.'"

The Upshot

In my opinion, Taye Diggs can say whatever he wants about his own son and family. I think it's sweet that he values his ex-wife's heritage as well as his own. The star is also entitled to his opinion about race, since he has firsthand experiences growing up as a black man and raising a biracial son with a white woman.

What's your take?

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