Actor Taye Diggs usually blows up Twitter because he follows thousands upon thousands of people, or because he’s appearing in some kind of charming romantic comedy, like “The Best Man Holiday.” But in an interview with The Grio, Diggs’ comments about race took some fans by surprise.
Diggs was speaking about his new children’s book, “Mixed Me,” when he suggested that mixed-race children shouldn’t be pigeonholed as solely one side of their heritage.
Diggs was married to fellow Broadway performer (and the voice of Queen Elsa) Idina Menzel from 2003 until 2014, and they have a son together, who is biracial — half black and half white. Diggs wrote the book with his son in mind, and says he doesn’t ever want his son to “disrespect” the fact that his mother is white.
After the interview was posted, people had a range of reactions, from supporting Diggs’ opinion to calling him self-hating, or that he doesn’t want his son to be black.
In an Instagram post, Diggs dispelled some of the criticism. “I want my son to grow up to be a proud black man if he so chooses.” He further clarified things in a short interview with TMZ.
“I want him to be proud of who he is, and be able to on his own terms, include both parents,” Diggs explains. And when asked what he would do if his son decides to identify as white when he gets older, Diggs half-jokingly says “I would tell him good luck with that.”