Mariah Carey says a white supremacist bullied her son.
In Trump’s America, it seems like everything goes – especially if you’re racist. And no matter whether you’re a celebrity, politician, or any other person of status, if you’re Black, then you’re Black, and you will be treated as such by racist America. According to PEOPLE, that was the circumstance for Carey and her 9-year-old son Moroccan, who she says a white supremacist bullied him.
During an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live!” Carey opened up about the traumatic incident. “Rocky just got bullied the other day by a white supremacist person that he thought was his friend,” said Carey to talk show host Andy Cohen. “It’s like, insane. This is the world we live in.” Carey just finished her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, and it the singer talks about the #BlackLivesMatter. However, Carey had written the memoir prior to the movement. While coincidental, Carey says the memoir ended up being “so timely.”
Talking to your children about race at an early age is a move most Black homes are used to. Carey, who is reading the portions of her memoir that involve racism to her children, says her home is no different. “I’m reading chapters to them that are helping to illustrate my encounters with racism, and how they can then have a greater understanding, and ultimately a greater reservoir with which to deal with the situation itself,” Carey said.
The singer then opened up about a time when she experienced racism from her teacher in school. She says she was traumatized after her teacher insisted that she was using the wrong color in a drawing of her father, who is Black. She also said that a friend of hers “burst into tears” after meeting her father. “It’s been a struggle for me since I was aware that there was such a thing as race,” she said. “And the only reason I was aware so early on was because it became a subject of humiliation for me as a child.”
Carey says that when she read a portion of her memoir to her daughter that included a “traumatic moment,” her daughter responded in support of the singer. “I let her hear that, and it was really sweet, she goes, ‘Mommy, those girls, they feel so bad now. I bet they wish they could be your friend,’” Carey said.