Quote Of The Day: Paula Patton Is Offended By The Term “Biracial”

- By Bossip Staff

We posted a quote from Paula Patton’s interview with Women’s Health magazine last month about her husband Robin Thicke being super duper proud of his super duper sperm. And here’s another gem from that article where the knocked up banger reveals she’s offended by the term biracial.

“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,’” says Paula, who is expecting her first son with crooner hubby Robin Thicke this spring. “I’m black because that’s the way the world sees me. People aren’t calling Barack Obama biracial. Most people think there’s a black president….People judged me because I was light-skinned. [They’d assume] I didn’t want to be part of the black race,” she says.


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  • Gimmeabreak78

    I guess. It’s now offensive to call someone biracial if each of her parents is a different race? If she identifies more with black people, fine. However, I never thought the term “biracial” was a cultural identifier.

  • yoyo

    that term bi-racial is offensive. i prefer the term ‘mutt or ‘half-breed

  • Soul Touch

    Yes, most people look at those that are biracial as black. But, one would say that by not noting that you are biracial you are not giving respects to the other race(s) running through your veins.

  • sexcblack

    Interesting point, I guess it comes down to personal perception.

    What about biracial people who want their “white” heritage to be recognised too?

    I know many people who don’t refer to Obama as Black but biracial….

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  • Matix B Gaza Mi Sa

    Well we’ve been down this road before. Just like Paula said in the interview it’s all about perception. I have three different races in me but I identify as Black so go fiqure. Nobody is 100% pure so get over it!

  • Gimmeabreak78

    @Soul Touch

    Good morning. What if neither half is black? For example, John Gosselin? Does he object to being referred to as biracial as well?

  • Marquis de Sade

    Hey, she’s just bein’ realistic. She knows like any sane person livin’ in America, that the “ONE DROP RULE” still applies. It is what it be…Sides, it ain’t like she could p.a.s.s. for white, ala “IMITATION OF LIFE” 😆

  • ellegirl889

    Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He- is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at- A_g_e_m_i_n_g_le @ c.o..m a nice and free place for Younger- Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to- interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or- tell your friends.

  • Rihanna's Sharp n Pointy Witchy Fingernails Took The Oath

    As a someone with black and white in my family tree, I agree. I see myself as an African woman in America. I know plenty of people who are black/white or some other combo who love calling themselves biracial. There is this female on her that calls herself something like “biracial mom” like it’s a badge. I don’t believe in Jim Crowe thinking either, but Black is so beautiful I want to cling to it. I feel proud to call myself African.

  • Aunt Viv

    I think she brings up a good point about the term biracial, and I think perception, both personal and societal, is a huge factor.

  • Man, I just don't care™

    All I know is that bytch is fine as h3ll! DAYUM.

  • cubevision

    loooll @ yoyo you missed out half cast

  • http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/blog/imgpop.php?img=http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/client_images/kanyewest/3164_b0e5bda4c46c8d17b6cf25713d3170ac.jpg Slide Like A Fresh Pair of Gators

    I understand & respect her opinion, but I feel as though when a person has parents of TWO DIFFERENT races and they call themselves “biracial”, they’re just EMBRACING BOTH races and not leaving the other one out – out of respect for both of the parents that brought them into this world and whose lineage they come from…

  • girlshoes

    @Gimmeabreak78 u have a point, Jessica Alba is biracial, and It is so obvious that John Gossling is mixed! John Gossling is biracial, but their race isn’t an issue.

    There are many biracial people that is not of african american descent, but its not an issue. If you add african american blood into it, race becomes an issue…
    Identifying your race becomes an issue when someone is of african american descent.

    Its seems like having blood from a black person is poison. Like black blood spoils the ingrediants all together… i guess…

  • Aunt Viv

    Hi Slide!

  • that's stupid

    that’s stupid…biracial isn’t a way to separate yourself from being African-American. Some people are proud of their biracial identities. Like if she’s half white half black, she is allowed to be proud of both ethnicities. it’s stupid that she’s offended…if she wants to identify herself as black, she can do that. but not everyone’s going to know how she identifies herself when they meet her. that was a dumb comment on her part.

  • CanadianChick

    wow… well good for her.. shes right! The world just sees her as ‘BLACK’…bi racial ppl..take note.. sorry..

  • Sydney™

    ““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’”

    Very interesting statement from Paula — I’ve seen very heated, emotionally charged conversations online about this topic, and I believe some individuals who come from parents of different races prefer to be c*l*a*s*s*i*f*i*e*d as “mixed race.” It will be enlightening to see the numbers of the latest Census (which allows people to check more than one racial category), which I believe will show a significant increase in this grouping.

    I think this is a very personal, individual decision. As Paula mentioned, Obama has c*l*a*s*s*i*f*i*e*d himself as “black” or “African American” on a number of occasions, as have other well-known biracial people, such as Halle Berry, whom I believe has shared how her white mother taught her that the world would see her as “black.”

  • samech

    I’m starting to like her more……..she’s growing on me.

  • redbonekillbill

    Personal preference. I’m “multi-racial” but I never use that term, I detest identifiers like that. The world sees me as black and that is fine, but in our family we know just how culturally rich our heritage is and we are satisfied with the knowledge.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ocky_j ockyj

    I kinda see where she is coming from, but it is not the term that is offensive it is the attitude that sometimes comes along with it. For instance, when Tiger Woods first blew up and everyone was excited about the first great black golfer and he declared on Oprah’s show that he is “Cablanasian” that was some bull. He looks like a squinted eyed, big-toothed, black man. And he should own that. I respect people like Barack, Halle, and Paula who are cool with being seen the way they ARE scene, as B L A C K.

  • Sistawithavoice

    I agree it is up to the individual, and unfortunately we do live in a world where people are forced to choose. “Biracial” shouldn’t be seen as a bad term, but maybe the term “Multicultural” would be more accepted. No one should be made to deny there other heritage. The sad thing is there are people (not just celebrities) that want to add on other ethinicities to deny their African-American heritage or just seem “less” black. We all have a little something different in us, whether it’s from grandma’s mama, mama…
    Paula’s a good actress and I pray for the health of her and her husband, Robin Thicke’s child. That’s what really matters anyway!

  • http://perryone779@yahoo,com a rose by any other name # 9304026339482056536 ™

    @Man i just dont care!!! Where in the sam hill have you been ?? Dont worry i had someone to debate with and they took your place .. so welcome back Man!!


    As a biracial woman I find her comment offensive. Yes I have light skin but clearly don’t look white, nor do I think “I’m better than that.” I won’t however deny the fact that my mother was white. I am both black and white and no one is going to tell me the way I identify myself is offensive, even another BIRACIAL person.

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