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Zendaya claps back at Twitter for questioning her Blackness

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Zendaya is not here for people questioning her blackness.

It’s true. She’s dealt with backlash from both sides, regarding her hair and skin tone. Remember that little incident on the 2015 Oscar’s red carpet with Guiliana Ranic? But it was her recent comments regarding race that have ruffled a few feathers.

“You get the best and the worst of both worlds,” she told Complex magazine. “I know there were a lot of times when you try to figure out where you fit in. I just realized that it worked to my advantage because I just got along with a lot of people.”

She continued, “But to literally be two races, it’s really hard to see color because I’m the gray area. I had to learn about both sides of myself and be really proud of and educated in both. I think that’s why I’m comfortable with myself and can speak on certain issues because I’ve taken the time, or my parents have taken the time, to teach me who I am.”

So naturally, Twitter users jumped at the opportunity to slam the rising star for being open and honest about being biracial and not always knowing where she fits in. While we appreciate Coleman’s honesty (after all, we’re not all cut from the same cloth), here’s what other had to say:

Well, it appears that the 19-year-old had enough of the criticism, so she clapped back:

As always, the former Disney star kept it classy. What do you think of Coleman’s response to Twitter ragging her about race? Sound off in the comment section below.



5 Comments

  1. Dot on December 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    When you really take time to think about it, the whole concept of human beings being of different races is just plain silly.

    • guest on December 4, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      You really just can’t win. If she said “I’m black” there would be people saying “no you’re not”, so she says she identifies as biracial and people still have a problem with that. She just seems like a beautiful, smart, self aware, young lady to me.

  2. Louise Ford on December 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    She was totally in her right to respond. If they read the article with understanding and not with a judgemental mind set, they would realize,she was only being honest about being able to identify with both sides of her race. She not one time denounced either side. The young lady knows who she is, she don’t need narrow minded people to define who she is. She is comfortable with herself and that’s all that matters. I say be you Zendaya and while you at it, be the best you, God allow you to be. People going to always say negative things about others because, they are unhappy with themselves. Love yourself.

  3. Whiteguy on December 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    OK so someone help a honkey out…who is complaining about her? Darker skin people don’t like her or what is it? Did I miss something? Would a dark skin vs light skin argument between 2 people be a form of black on black crime?

  4. robin ess on December 7, 2015 at 1:26 am

    The problem is trying to fit in. F fitting in. The girl is black and white and that’s a fact. My kids are black and yellow. They don’t need to ‘fit in’ with the world, just behave right and fit in at home. I won’t tell them they’re one race and their mom won’t either because they are a fusion of us both. I’m so tired of labels like this and trying to have to explain oneself. She will never win, the best she can do is be happy with herself and not care what the rest thinks.