- Pop amapiano star Tyla has set the record straight about her race and how she identifies herself
- The 21-year-old South African artist said she identifies herself as coloured because she is mixed and not black
- This sparked a debate among social media users as some shared that she was not wrong for clarifying her racial identity
Tyla says she is not black but coloured
The Grammy award-nominated star has found herself trending once again on social media after an X user, @Blackmillions_, shared a tweet about Tyla identifying herself as a coloured woman and not black.
The tweet reads:
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"21-year-old South African artist Tyla has made it very clear that she doesn't identify as Black. Instead, she prefers to identify as coloured because of her mixed race. Tyla's hit song “Water” peaked at 18 on Billboard charts."
Tyla sparks a debate on X
Shortly after the tweet was shared, the international community roasted Tyla for saying she is not black. South Africans rescued her, defending the Grammy award-nominated star and explaining why she identifies as coloured. See some of the comments below:
"What's wrong with you Americans? Always thinking that EVERYTHING in America works and should work outside of America as well? Do your research."
"South Africa has different racial categories, black, white, and coloured. Coloured means mixed with African and European."
"Wait til she comes to America lol."
@b1ackfamilyPAC defended Tyla:
"Doesn’t matter. South Africans don’t typically leave their country…other people who live in African countries typically immigrate there. They have their own culture over there. If she said, she ain’t Black…good. Black Americans don’t have to worry about her being a tether."
"Americans will be offended just because they’re programmed under the one-drop rule."
"Only in South Africa.. When I’m in the Western countries, I’m black. Tyla must just chill and focus on the bigger picture."
"Americans are dumb. They think the whole world operates on their standards."
"That's how it works in South Africa."
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Source: Briefly News