Some Surprised Nate Parker’s Wife is White, Supporters Say it Doesn’t Invalidate Activism

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Nate Parker with wife Sarah DiSanto (Page Six)
Nate Parker with wife Sarah DiSanto (Page Six)

Nate Parker and his wife welcomed their fourth child recently but Black Twitter was focused on his wife’s whiteness instead of the couple’s new bundle of joy.

The director and star of the upcoming Birth of a Nation told E! News Thursday he and DiSanto welcomed a daughter named Justice into the family. No other details were given, but the child is the fourth in a line of three other young girls.

But Twitter paid no attention to the news other than those who learned Parker is married to a white woman. Parker married Sarah DiSanto in 2007.

Many were upset about his spouse’s race, who was the 36-year-old’s college sweetheart. The pair met while attending Penn State.

The revelation made Conor feel conflicted about seeing Parker’s upcoming period drama, which follows Nat Turner leading enslaved Africans in a revolt for freedom.

https://twitter.com/conorb1990/status/761646696396824577

At least one person thought DiSanto wasn’t white, but a light-skinned Black woman.

Meira-Morenike used a photo to describe her disturbed reaction.

But others thought there was no reason for the upset.

@DarlingEbony pointed out Ben Carson among other public figures who are married to Black women and don’t support the Black community.

She also mentioned the couple’s children could grow up to be as socially aware as Jesse Williams, who gave a poignant speech about being Black in America at the BET Awards this June.

User Dart_Adams questioned how people could be unaware of DiSanto’s race when Parker “never once tried to hide it.”

@RuthOhanu found it irritating that others seemed to question his activism after learning who is wife is.

@FearlessBellaxx said Nate Parker’s support for the Black community, which included a donation for an HBCU’s film school, is still valid regardless.

 

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