Paula Patton, a veteran actress, made it clear in a Friday appearance on SiriusXM Urban View’s “The Clay Cane Show” that she doesn’t like the word “biracial.” The 45-year-old also explained why she thinks the word is derogatory.
Patton made those remarks after the host pointed her to a prior statement she made about her distaste of the phrase, according to ET Canada. Patton was on the show to chat about her new show when the host brought her to a previous statement she made about her disapproval of the term.
“I think [the term] biracial to be derogatory. In a 2010 interview, Patton reportedly stated, “It’s a way for people to distinguish themselves from African Americans, a way of saying, ‘I’m better than that.” The Déjà Vu actress was born to a White mother and an African-American father.
Cane, who stated he was moved by that comment after hearing it, inquired about Patton’s current feelings about it. Patton said, “I feel exactly the same way.” “That’s not to say I don’t appreciate my mother and all she’s done for me, but it was my mother who told me, ‘The world will view you as Black, and that is who you are.’ So there aren’t any concerns there.”
“I’m extremely grateful for her,” she added. When [someone] wants to make it very clear that they’re not Black, it’s a technique to keep them distinct from Black people in our country’s racial politics. To be honest with you, we’ve had a long history in this nation of that, of it not being popular to be Black. That’s a term I’ve always found insulting. “I’m Black and proud of it; it’s my family.”