Taye Diggs Changes His Tune on Wanting His Son to Identify as 'Mixed,' Not Black

Taye Diggs Changes His Tune on Wanting His Son to Identify as 'Mixed,' Not Black

See what the actor is saying now.

Published March 29, 2015

Taye Diggs came under fire last year when he publicly said he doesn't want his son to be labeled as "Black" because his mother is white. On today's Steve Harvey Show, the actor is backtracking, saying he would be nothing but proud if his son chooses to fully embrace his African-American roots.

"I'll be honest," he said. "I would love for him to identify with the Black side 'cause that's my pride. That's what I am."

When host Steve Harvey pointed out to him that his comments negate everything that's been flooding social media, he agreed, adding that being Black is the new trend.

"White people want to be Black now," he said. "Nobody wants to be white anymore."

The Best Man actor was heavily scrutinized after he made comments to theGrio.com about wanting his son to not solely identify as African-American, saying:

"I want [my son] to be proud of who he is, and I want him to be able to, on his own terms, include both parents," he said. "So if anybody has an issue with that, then they can go fly a kite... I want my son to be able to choose what he wants to be referred to. I don't want him to disinclude [sic] his mother. His mother is white, his mother is a part of his make-up — and the buck stops there. It's that simple."

Check out Taye's change of heart in the clip below:

This segment airs today on The Steve Harvey Show.

Watch the breakdown of the story in the video below:

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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