Halsey on Being Biracial: 'In Pain for My Family, but Nobody Is Gonna Kill Me Based on My Skin Color’

'It’s not my place to say we.'

June 4, 2020

Halsey has been using her voice for a lot more than singing as of late.

In the midst of the nationwide civil unrest that has followed the unjust death of George Floyd, Halsey has been actively using her platform to demand social justice and a stop to police brutality.

However, despite her valiant efforts, the singer chose to speak out about her personal experience as a biracial woman after being accused of ignoring “her black side’ by a user on Twitter.

“Notice how @Halsey never claims her black side, but she ‘supports.’ Stop being ignorant. She’s never claimed her Black side,” read a tweet, per JustJared. “This is why I will NEVER support her. On her post she says ‘let black ppl speak,’ not ‘let our ppl speak.’ Nah, f*** her.”

The accusatory tweet has since been deleted, but Halsey’s response remains.

"I'm white passing. it’s not my place to say 'we.' it’s my place to help. I am in pain for my family, but nobody is gonna kill me based on my skin color. I’ve always been proud of who I am but it'd be an absolute disservice to say 'we' when I'm not susceptible to the same violence."

This isn’t the first time Halsey has reflected on the privilege she has being "white passing" as a biracial woman. In 2017, the singer, whose father is black and mother is white, spoke out about learning to accept the skin she is in.

"I'm white-passing. I’ve accepted that about myself and have never tried to control anything about black culture that’s not mine," she said. “I look like a white girl, but I don’t feel like one. I'm a black woman," the singer explained. "So it’s been weird navigating that. When I was growing up I didn't know if I was supposed to love TLC or Britney.”

Regardless the color of her skin, Halsey continues to fight for what is right. Continuously updating her fans and followers throughout her experiences at the Black Lives Matter protests that she’s actively attending.

Last Thursday, she shared her encounter with police, who fired upon her with rubber bullets. “Fired rubber bullets at us. we did not breach the line. hands were up. unmoving. and they gassed and fired," she wrote alongside four photos of heavily protected and armed police men.

This week, in a lengthy Instagram post she detailed some of the violence that has unfolded, imploring her fans to swipe through the images to see just a fraction off what she had witnessed.

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