Actress Says “Biracial” is Offensive

04 Mar

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Paula Patton

Actress Paula Patton Says The Term “Biracial” Is Offensive

In a recent interview with Women’s Health magazine, actress Paula Patton spoke about her mixed background and her identity, She told them:

I find (the term) biracial offensive, it’s a way for people to separate themselves from African-Americans, a way of saying I’m better than that. I’m Black because that’s the way the worlds sees me. People aren’t calling Obama biracial. Most people think there’s a Black president.


Posted by on March 4, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life


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8 responses to “Actress Says “Biracial” is Offensive

  1. t-shirts101

    March 4, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    I like Paula’s take on this matter, and although i agree with her, I think this is a personal issue. Not all Biracial (black and white specifically) people “look black”, and therefor may not share Paula’s opinion.

    My wife is biracial. People have a hard time figuring her ethinicty out – some say asian (especially Koreans), some see her as a very light-skinned Black woman, some just aern’t sure. A quick glance may leave some to think she’s white, depending on how she decided to wear her hair that day.

    She’s got the attitude of Angela Davis. If she were born 30 years earlier, i have no doubt she would’ve been part of the Black Panther Party. But she doesn’t see herself as just Black, out of respect to her father, who was German.


    • btx3

      March 4, 2010 at 1:36 PM

      Yeah, it is personal….


      A lot of this “bi-racialism” seems to have taint of running away from something…

      Instead of towards anything.


      • t-shirts101

        March 4, 2010 at 3:30 PM

        Agreed… and even that’s personal, or individual. Two people could claim being biracial, but have very different philosophies about what that means.

        – One person may be simply acknowledging all of their ethnicity, while still being true to cultural and political realities… via choosing not to disassociate themselves from being “black”…

        – While the other is running from something. “I’m not Black, I’m something different” (Tiger Woods anyone?) and thus disassociating with anything that could be perceived culturally as “Black”.

        I’ve seen both. The whole biracial identity thing can be very complicated; there are psychological and social / acceptance issues, cultural identification issues, it’s deep.


  2. t-shirts101

    March 4, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Paula Patton prefers to be called Black, and is married to a White man, who’s arguably one of the most soulful R&B singers and songwriters of this generation.

    Judging a book by its cover now-a-days is becoming more and more difficult. Hell, look at BR. Dark-skinned white folks.


    • btx3

      March 5, 2010 at 8:58 AM


      You are going to give Skinny a “conniption” with that one!


      • t-shirts101

        March 5, 2010 at 9:09 AM

        She’s heard worse, and I’m quite sure she could care less. Specially commin’ from a “librul” from Detroit.


    • tawney

      October 4, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      I thought we went passed the color thing….OMG who cares !!!! Black,white,tan,green,yellow we are all the same……Get over the race shit !!!!! Funny Im friends with people of every color and all of us pull up our pants the same way,all of us have the same color of blood and we all are sick of the race card.. thats getting old. There is white trash black trash yellow trash red trash SO we are even…Shut the hell up now..


  3. tawney

    October 4, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Seriously… I never know what is politically correct with how to address people. Everytime I think I got it someone say’s ohhhhh you shouldn’t say that..OMG most people don’t have a clue what to say anymore…
    Everyone is pissed off about everything…I think people just like to hear themselves complain….are we seriously that thin skinned….I Doubt it..people love to make a big deal out of everything…what is it this week..? next week it will be something new we arent suppose to say…I seriously Dont care anymore the entire race thing is such BS… should i be pissed off because my skin is actually light brown and people keep calling me not white…im tan…..Im sick of it .!!!!!!!!
    Doesn’t that sound ridiculous…



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