Taye Diggs has added his name to the growing list of famous black parents speaking out against police violence. For his part, Diggs posted a powerful poem about the fear and confusion many young children feel in the wake of police shootings that appear on the evening news with devastating frequency.
The poem, which was posted on the actor’s Instagram on Saturday, is told from the perspective of a young boy who finds his two parents reacting to a television clip of a police officer fatally shooting a black man.
Addressing social issues from a child’s perspective isn’t new for Diggs. To date, the actor has published two children books, Chocolate Me which highlights the experiences of biracial children, and Mixed Me!, which was inspired by some of Diggs’ “tough” experiences growing up with his biracial cousin, according to a October 2015 with the “TODAY Show.”
“I wrote it from my childhood, because I didn’t have anything like this to refer to when I was a kid,” Diggs said during the interview of the development of Mixed Me.
“Luckily, a lot of the kids today are in classes and schools that are a little bit more diverse. But that doesn’t mean that these still issues don’t need to be looked at and acknowledged,” he added.