John legend not sure how to explain race to his unborn mixed race child

Posted by Ando, 21 Nov 15

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Singer John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen are expecting a baby. As we all know, John is Black and Teigen is half Norwegian and half Thai; meaning their future children will be fused with several ethnicities.

So how does one explain racial issues and America's centuries-old racial tension to such a child?

John told USA Today: "It'll be interesting because our child will be mixed, you know? They'll be part Asian, part white (and) part black. So, it'll be interesting just to give out even the idea of what race means - because it is a social construct that isn't really based on biology - or even thinking about how they'll identify themselves and what that'll mean... I'm not sure how I'm going to talk to them about it yet. That'll be interesting to figure out."

John admits that his children will be privileged because they will be born to successful parents and they will get whatever they need. So much as some mixed race children go through hell, he acknowledges that their children's experiences will be different of course.

Being an outspoken advocate of civil rights for people of color, John believes that the U.S. has a long way to go when it comes to promoting a sense of togetherness within humankind saying: "We've got to figure out how to see each other's humanity and value each other and learn to love each other."

Well, lets hope he figures it out before the "why don't I look like mommy" questions start kicking in.

Do you have a mixed race child? How did you tackle race when the questions were popped?

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  1.   Authorgirl says:
    Posted: 29 Mar 16

    The problem is that black people expect you to just say " You are black" I mean look at the backlash Taye Diggs got for saying he wanted people to acknowledge that his son is mixed. Black people were like " Traitor!" like his wife being a white jew is not relevant at all. But his daughter will be beautiful with her mix and ultimately that will help . I am not trying to be funny but, hot, part asian and black females ( not to mention rich) are not exactly going to be dealing with the worst of people. which he did basically say .

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  2. Posted: 03 Feb 16

    Wow really John

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