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‘People Need to Hear This’: Tia Mowry-Hardrict Recounts the Racism She Witnessed Her Mom Experience Growing Up

Tia Mowry-Hardrict recently reflected on growing up as a biracial child. On Thursday, June 4, the “Sister, Sister” actress posted an old photo on Instagram that showed her attending a red carpet event with her twin sister Tamera Mowry-Housley and their mother Darlene Mowry. In her caption, Mowry-Hardrict recounted the “privilege” her white father Timothy Mowry received in relation to her African-American mother.

“Growing up #biracial, mom is black and dad is white, it was very clear to me seeing the #privilege that my dad had as opposed to my #mother,” she wrote. “Some examples, during our #sistersister days when traveling for work we would often fly first class. There were several times my mother was asked if she was in the right seat,” she added.

Tamera Mowry, Darlene Mowry and Tia Mowry during “Are We Done Yet?” Los Angeles Premiere – Red Carpet at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Variety Magazine)

She continued, “Another incident that stood out for me was when we were buying our first home as a family. My mother walked in the house model with us asking for a brochure. A person had said the houses were sold out. My dad walked in and it was a different story.”

“The Game” actress concluded her message by sharing that she remained hopeful about the future. She stressed,”My #goal is to see #change. This year has been a tough year. Several tears have been shed. However, a friend told me these tears will not be wasted. The #love and #support  around the world has kept me going. A #change is gonna come.”

Mowry-Hardrict’s emotional message seemed to have touched over 400,000 people. Many fans praised the 41-year-old actress for opening up about her mother’s experience with racism.

“I love that your father knew his privilege and supported your mother. Especially at the time he did it. That shows strength.”

“Thank you for sharing. Your mother is beautiful and I see her in both of you.”

“People need to hear this so many of us have the same stories. Thank you for sharing now as you have been for many years and helping fight inequality especially in the entertainment industry.”

“This makes me so sad that your mum was objected to this. I hope to see change🙏🏾.”

“We need to start sharing our stories🙏🏾.”

“🙌 ❤️ Preach sis! Let’s ya Pray for a positive change💞.”

“❤️ Thank you for sharing your personal experiences Tia, and for using your platform to speak on the injustices we have faced in this country.”

“Change we need to see! ✊🏾🖤🙏🏾.”

Tia Mowry-Hardrict with her children Cree Hardrict (L) and Cairo Hardrict (R) (Photo): @tiamowry/Instagram

Mowry-Hardrict’s message came two weeks after George Floyd died. Floyd passed away after a white police officer arrested him, pinned him to the ground, and pressed his knee on Floyd’s knee for nearly nine minutes. In an attempt to honor the Black Lives Matter Movement, Mowry-Hardrict provided resources on her Instagram page to encourage fans to donate to racial justice organizations. Shortly after, the mother of two revealed in an Instagram post on Wednesday, June 3 that she was going to introduce her children to some amazing movies and television shows with an all black-cast.

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