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

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

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.

This reminds me of how conflicted I am about seeing Birth of a Nation. He may be a great filmmaker but I’m NOT here for Nate Parker the man

— Conor (@conorb1990) August 5, 2016

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

I’m dumb. This whole time I thought Nate Parker’s wife was just light-skinned ?

— Tanya Targaryen (@T_Dot_Lane) August 5, 2016

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

Nate Parker has a clear wife?

— Meira-Morenike (@BooksNHipsLegit) August 5, 2016

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.

Ppl r seriously upset Nate Parker has white wife? Meanwhile, Ben Carson, Allen West, Herman Cain have black wives & mean Blacks no good.

— (((Magic & Real))) (@DarlingEbony) August 5, 2016

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.

Y’all know nothing abt Nate Parker or his wife. 30 years from now, one of their children could deliver a @iJesseWilliams speech. DUMB!

— (((Magic & Real))) (@DarlingEbony) August 5, 2016

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

RE: The Nate Parker thing… Did people NOT know his wife was White? He never once tried to hide it even if it wasn’t common knowledge…

— Dart_Adams (@Dart_Adams) August 5, 2016

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

Ppl are really pressed that Nate Parker’s wife is white as if this invalidates all of his work and activism. Y’all are annoying.

— Ruthless (@RuthOhanu) August 5, 2016

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

Wait wait, y’all mad because Nate Parker’s wife is white???? Everything he’s done for the black community is STILL valid.

— Kaleshay❣ (@FearlessBellaxx) August 5, 2016

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