Rapper Eve has been opening up about raising biracial children with her longtime Brit boyfriend Maximillion Cooper.
In a recent interview with Vibe Vixen, the Grammy-Award-winning rapper-songwriter talked candidly about the desire for her kids to be “colorblind.”
“I don’t want them to see color. I never did,” said 34-year-old Eve, who is currently prepping for the May 14 release of her latest album, Lip Lock.
“I grew up in the hood and my mother was very good at it not being a black thing, even though I grew up around all black people. I want them to want to know everything about all kinds of races.”
Eve, who has been dating multimillionaire entrepreneur and racing driver, Cooper, 40, for more than three years, adds, “I’m a black woman and I love being a black woman. And I think my child should know that black part of themselves.”
But at the same time, she says when she finally becomes a mom she wants her children to know the white “side of themselves.”
Her comments echo the same sentiment as reality star Kim Kardashian, who is expecting her first child with Kanye West.
“The most important thing is, the way I want to raise my children is to not see color,” Kardashian said in a televised interview with BET.
Though, actress Halle Berry is quoted as saying she believes in the “one drop rule,” where a person with any trace of sub-Saharan ancestry, however small, is considered black. Using this definition, Berry’s fair-skinned daughter, Nahla, is classified as black.
This raises the question over whether biracial children can ever really be “color blind” in a society so marked by race. Is this the formula for an identity crisis or can mixed-race people truly embrace their black and white sides?
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