Still, I can’t help wondering if this isn’t a conversation best given over to people who are biracial.” Halle Berry, for example, has spoken out about her decision to identify as black.“Trying to be in the middle, trying to be both, just isn’t working for me,” the actress admitted on Inside the Actors Studio a few years ago.“It’s just further ostracized me from either group.” Berry has also spoken out about how she thinks of her biracial daughter Nahla as black too, though she’s said she’ll let Nahla determine what label she will use herself.
By Nadra Kareem Nittle There is no shortage of celebrities who have crossed the “color line” for love.Stars from a range of generations—from Baby Boomers to Millennials—have partnered up with men and women from a different race.Although interracial relationships have been commonplace in Hollywood since decades before the U. Supreme Court lifted the ban on interracial marriage, a number of celebrities say they’ve faced vitriol from the public for choosing a mate of a different race.Taye Diggs kicked off a controversy while promoting his latest children’s book, Mixed Me!, when he revealed that he wants his son Walker to be labeled “mixed” instead of “black.” “I think when you [call biracial people black], you risk disrespecting half of who you are,” the black actor told The Grio about his decision regarding the 6-year-old he co-parents with his ex, Broadway star (and the voice of Elsa in Frozen) Idina Menzel, who is Caucasian.
“I don’t want my son to be in a situation where he calls himself black and everybody thinks he has a black mom and a black dad, and then when they see he has a white mother, they’re like, “What’s going on? ’”STORY: Dad to Rachel Dolezal: Raising Black Kids Doesn’t Make You Black After Twitter comments flooded in asking the father if he was “afraid” or “scared” of his son’s being labeled black, Diggs dug in even deeper on the issue.“I am a proud black man,” he wrote on a note posted on his Instagram Thursday.“I want my son to grow up to be a proud black man if he so chooses. He has every right to be just as proud of his mother’s ‘blood’ as well. It’s not that deep.” STORY: Dad’s Conversations About Race: ‘Most White Kids Don’t Get This Talk’Menzel and Diggs with their son, Walker.(Photo: AP)If one day Walker announced that he wanted to be called white, Diggs told TMZ Live on Friday, “I would say, ‘Good luck with that.’ That’s what I would say. His choice.” And the choice to talk about this question is an important one, says Jabari Asim, author of The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, and Why, an academic and editor of The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP.“From a political standpoint, it is probably in the best interests of African-Americans to have those of mixed race count themselves as part of the black population,” the Emerson College professor of writing, literature, and publishing tells Yahoo Parenting.“Some observers have made a pretty good argument that the civil rights movement might not have happened without the combined political might of biracial people and people with two black parents.