Tika Sumpter Tells Interracial Couples: There’s A Bigger Problem If Your White Significant Other Is Offended By Discussions About Racism!
Actress Tika Sumpter has taken to Twitter to remind interracial couples that throughout the unrest in America and the world in response to the death of George Floyd, the black person in the relationship does not need to “protect” the white person in the relationship. She says that the black person should be mindful, rather, if their white significant other seems to have an issue when racists are discussed. She tweets:
Dear Black interracial couples with a significant other who is white (raises hand), we DO NOT need to protect them. I promise, they will be A. OK. They need to continue to fight for us. If they get offended when you talk about racists, you have a bigger problem on your hands.
Dear Black interracial couples with a significant other who is white (raises hand), we DO NOT need to protect them. I promise, they will be A. OK. They need to continue to fight for us. If they get offended when you talk about racists. You have a bigger problem on your hands.
— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) June 5, 2020
Tika Sumpter, known for her roles on ABC’s mixed-ish as and as Candace Young on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots, is engaged to actor and co-star on The Haves and The Have Nots Nicholas James, who is white. The two have been together since about 2016.
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Happy Mothers Day to this gorgeous, amazing woman. I’m so honored to watch you grow as a loving and caring Mother, as a dedicated entrepreneur, and as a beautiful woman inside and out. You make Ella and my life richer and more purposeful. You fill our house with light and love. You teach us respect. You show us how to stay strong and persevere. You’re so much and more. We love you to the cosmos and back. ??
The Real co-host and rapper Eve has also made comments about the difficult conversations about racism she has had with her white British entrepreneur husband, Maximillion Cooper. She says that because her husband is from the United Kingdom, he does not necessarily understand the systemic racism against blacks that plagues American society:
I am having some of the most difficult and uncomfortable conversations I think I’ve ever had, and vice-versa with my husband. But, at the same time, it’s a beautiful thing, because…I don’t know his life through his eyes. He doesn’t know my life through my eyes. All he can do is try to understand and try to ask the questions, and he wants to understand…but we have to be okay with being uncomfortable so that we can get to a solution.
Tika Sumpter and Nicholas James have both posted on their social media pages their support of the current protests against police brutality and racism in our nation amidst the police-involved death of George Floyd. In an Instagram post simply captioned #dearwhitepeople, Nicholas James shared a now-viral paragraph from author Scott Woods on how white people see racism, what he believes racism actually is, and white privilege:
Additionally, Tika Sumpter shared an emotional video of a young black girl talking about the unfair treatment of black people and how protests are the result of black people needing rights:
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This country was founded on a slew of protests and revolts. Black people didn’t have a choice in coming to the America’s. Miss me with “well go back to where you came from” talk. The blood of our ancestors are cemented in the American flag. We have the right to this country as much as anyone else. This is our country too. I wake up everyday in a world where my siblings, nieces, nephews and daughter are at risk of death and discrimination. My socio-economic standing does not protect me from this. Trust me. The first place I was called a NIGGER by a white person was my birth place…NYC. Read history. Read how black people have begged for equality. Begged to be left alone. Everybody other than Black people. Ask yourself, what are YOU doing to be part of the solution? What are YOU talking about to your friends and family? What are YOU doing to fight for equality and against racism? What excuse will you use not to speak or stand up next time? #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #breonnataylor #ahmaudarbery