Tika Sumpter Says She Doesn’t Have To Protect Spouse from Conversations on Racism
With the black lives matter hashtag trending widely on the media and the issue of racism being spotlighted, Tika Sumpter, popular black actress, is also giving out advice to people in interracial relationships. As a black woman married to a white man, Sumpter’s advice is based on her personal experience.
The Nobody’s Fool actress recently shared a post on her Twitter account saying that interracial couples should not be scared to discuss topics about race.
“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.” She tweeted.
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
The Mixed-ish actress is currently in a relationship with Nicholas James, an actor she was introduced to in 2016 on the set of The Haves and the Have Nots. Sumpter and James are engaged and have a daughter together named Ella. At the early stage of their relationship, the couple was very private about their affairs. Now, they are gradually opening up about their relationship.
Tika has always been open about her experience as a black woman being in a relationship with a white man. During her time on the show The Real, she shared that “I think people have a problem when it comes to Black women having interracial relationships. A lot of other people step out of their race and date and it’s fine.”
The actress has also used her Twitter platform to speak up on the murder of Breonna Taylor. On the 5th of June, she posted a tweet saying it should have been Taylor’s 27th birthday and asked her followers to encourage the prosecutor to hold the officers behind her death accountable.