Biracial singer Halsey gets honest about her ‘white passing’ privilege
Halsey has hit out at criticism for not ‘claiming her black side’, stating the fact she is ‘white passing’ influences the way she talks about issues.
The 25-year-old singer has been taking part in protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, but was subjected to a backlash over the language she uses about the subject, despite being biracial.
A Twitter user wrote in a now-deleted post: ‘Notice how @Halsey never claims her black side, but she “supports.” Stop being ignorant. She’s never claimed her Black side.
‘This is why I will NEVER support her. On her post she says “let black ppl speak,” not “let our ppl speak.” Nah, f**k her (sic)’.
In response, the Without Me hitmaker explained she feels she is ‘white passing’ and isn’t made to feel in danger because of her ethnicity.
As a result, she doesn’t think it is her ‘place’ to use the word ‘we’.
Halsey has previously admitted she has found it ‘weird’ growing up with a white mother and a black father.
She said in 2017: ‘I look like a white girl, but I don’t feel like one. I’m a black woman. It’s been weird navigating that.’
She jokingly added: ‘When I was growing up, I didn’t know if I was supposed to love TLC or Britney.’
The singer has been one of the most visible celebrity protestors in recent days as the world continues to call for justice for George Floyd and all African-American citizens.
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