Beyonce’s dad, Mathew Knowles, has been no stranger to making comments about his otherwise very private family. Now, he has opened up about his former relationship with Beyonce’s mother and his ex-wife, Tina Knowles.
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Interestingly enough, he made his comments about Tina as he does his media rounds for his upcoming book, Racism: From the Eyes of a Child. While Beyonce has embraced her heritage in multiple ways, Mathew’s mother had a different take on things.
“When I was growing up, my mother used to say, ‘Don’t ever bring no nappy-headed Black girl to my house,’" he revealed. "In the deep South in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, the shade of your Blackness was considered important. So I, unfortunately, grew up hearing that message.”
How did Beyonce’s mother, Tina, make the cut? Mathew explained he didn’t actually know she was African-American.
“I have a chapter in the book that talks about eroticized rage. I talk about going to therapy and sharing – one day I had a breakthrough – that I used to date mainly White women or very high-complexion Black women that looked White. I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was White. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in tune with her Blackness.”
He said that, like his mother, he had issues when it came to embracing his blackness. He tried to date women of other races, especially Caucasian females, in hopes of getting over the hate he had for his own race and himself.
Even though Mathew explained his theory and thoughts, Twitter had mixed feelings about his statement anyway. Many spoke out and shunned him while others commended him for bringing light to a topic that is often seen as taboo.
Twitter Has Lots To Say, Too
One pointed out that Tina’s complexion was the only reason Mathew saw her as acceptable.
Wasn’t there a young lady attacked on here for saying she sees dark skinned dudes with light skinned women a lot in black love. Today Mathew knowles has told y’all Tina’s skin tone was a reason he pursued her pic.twitter.com/oJunAhoI81
— NaijaGal (@Naija4LifeO) February 1, 2018
Another said he was right and connected it to the negative experiences that women with darker complexions often have.
Mathew Knowles is actually talking a lot of sense here. And it can be related to how people like Amara and dark skin women in general are treated. pic.twitter.com/iI3jyg2UnD — Queen With The Crowns (@Thatgirldavis) February 1, 2018
One fan said they were surprised that Mathew was one of the first to open up about his “internalized colorism.”
Who knew it would take Mathew Knowles to be one first black men to come forward and confess his internalized colorism and that its not just "preference" https://t.co/e5mZ5vm4lw
— Kenya (@BlueIvysister) February 2, 2018
Another said this is just an indication of how good his book could be.
If Mathew Knowles is being this honest, then his book might be an excellent read. — ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) February 2, 2018
One fan said Mathew must have been on some type of substance to think Tina could pass as a woman of another race.
I’m going to read the interview, but I would love to know what Mathew Knowles’ prescription was at the time he met Tina Lawson and thought she was white.
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) February 5, 2018
Another fan made it clear that Mathew’s interview doesn’t necessarily deliver a shock factor.
I'm not surprised by what Mathew Knowles said at all and I'm not mad either... using his own daughters was a good example. I'm glad that he can admit there is indeed a colorism issue in the black community. Period. Point. Blank. #mathewknowles #colorism #ebonymagazine #ebony pic.twitter.com/hXMlPPUqgD — MsLadyStarr (@msladystarr) February 2, 2018
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