Country singer Kane Brown grew up thinking he was white until a racist called him the n-word. The 25-year-old Tennessee native is biracial.

Kane's father is mixed with Black and Cherokee Indian and his mother is Caucasian.

Kane opened up about the racism he was exposed to as a biracial singer in the country music world.

"I'm biracial," Kane said in an interview with PEOPLE. "I didn't know that until I was 7 or 8 years old. I thought I was full white, which honestly, I can't even really say because I didn't see colors.”

Kane said he found out he was biracial after someone called him a n---er.

"I found out that I was biracial and I still wasn't thinking anything of it, but then I started getting called the n-word," he said. "I didn't even know what it meant. I learned what it meant and that's when it started affecting me. I got in fights over it when I was little.”

Kane said he struggled to overcome racism as a rising star in country music.

"When I first got into country, I started getting some of those comments like, ‘He's an N-word.' Stuff like that," Brown said. "I used to screenshot it and put it on Twitter, like, 'There's still racism in the world.' But I didn't get into country music just to prove a point. I try to stay away from all negativity."

"Now you can call me whatever you want," he added. "It just brushes off of me."

Kane's sophomore album, Experiment, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the 3rd country music album to earn the top spot in 2018 and the first country sophomore album to reach no. 1 since 2014.

Photos by Jason Davis/Getty Images, Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

  • Yardgirl

    Kane's father is mixed with Black and Cherokee Indian
    ***********************************
    *rolls eyes* I hate when Black people claim to be mixed with "xyz" I cringe every time.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And water is wet.

    There's a dark-skinned Puerto Rican in my office who coons to his white friends and I want to tell him that he'll never be white so damn badly.

  • ohdearme

    His lack of knowledge about his racial background should've gone to the grave with him! I wouldn't want people to know my parents were that F'ing dumb to not talk about their backgrounds and/or celebrate traditions by that time.

  • Navybeans95

    Lol.. in Pensacola Florida growing up I went to an almost all white school, it was maybe 3 of us little black girls...I learned quick that I was different, those kids were brutal to me..it made me stronger..now I take absolutely no shyt..being black is a blessing.

  • ohdearme

    What's funny to me is that you always hear that they're mixed with one of the know Indian tribes "Cherokee"!

  • Dray

    I second that opinion....and its always Indian 95% of the time.

  • Navybeans95

    He will be reminded soon enough...as soon as he makes one mistake..

  • Victorious82

    Who cares. Rachel Dolezal taught us you don’t have to be black to be black. This guy looks like he is fine being racially ambiguous ad/or white presenting. He lets folks call him the n word and doesn’t expose them because he doesn’t want to rock the boat. ??

  • SpillyNillie

    We care because? Trust he ain't got not nan Black problem....

  • chaisun

    Kind of ironic how racist country music fans are, well and most of white america and the world, considering the genre itself was created by us.

  • iWasteTime

    I like his voice

  • TriniHarlem

    To have a such a strong background of a Native aboriginal and still be this damn dumb ?? lawd you can't make this ignorance up. I don't got time for this. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fd1004f8fd7d30b052c57347c49722cf27421c43e26739193c9cb14f79bbe32f.gif

  • hi-liter

    Laugh all the way to the bank when they call you a nigga......plus fawk on they daughters.....I already know them lil white thots be throwing themselves at him.

  • Yardgirl

    Yep while they look like they black mixed with more black. Instagram got these people confuzzled. SMH

  • Coy little wink

    Education starts at home son...

  • Yardgirl

    Right!! Come theee hell aaawn!!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    The harsh truth that noooot too many people want to tell is that Indians..also had SLLLLAVES! Let that cook your noodle as to why we are so quick to side with them..
    https://notevenpast.org/black-slaves-indian-masters-slavery-emancipation-and-citizenship-in-the-native-american-south-by-barbara-krauthamer-2013/

  • Blak

    We are talking about a successful 25 year old, who cares who called him a N word in childhood?? he has nothing to prove, who cares

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Most don't know about the 1842 Slave Revolt FROM the Cherokee Indians that owned slaves...

  • Vonn

    He looks slow to me. ?

  • Yardgirl

    Facts!!! AND most of them aint about claiming none of us!! The self hate is real. Sad.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    what's the point of this story? he said he didn't know until he was "7 or 8 years old" ...it's not like he just figured it out the other day, LOL!

  • Bossy704

    He will never replace Cowboy Troy!

  • Vonn

    and treated their slaves savagely.

  • Judge Mental Will

    Yep, the one drop rule got me too...

    side-bar: I always thought he was a cute funny looking dude.

  • Yardgirl

    whispers *me too*

  • Vonn

    This right here!! They dgaf about black folks.

  • ohdearme

    I think if one person used imagination and came up with a lesser known tribe I might believe them, say Sauk people or Odawa? He better hope he's truthful though because the Cherokee's don't play, they might call him on it.

  • Mielle Downey

    The Ni44a Wake up call is banger.

  • Yardgirl

    THIS!!^^

  • ohdearme

    Like I said none of it is about knowledge they just say "Cherokee", if you notice Navajo is hardly ever used. lol

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    right! slave holding Cherokee tribes routinely denied tribal membership to freed Black slaves and said fugg you And your Cherokee blood! DENIED!

  • ohdearme

    Well telling his story says that he does, as a "mixed" his word not mine, he's claiming discrimination. Frankly I'm not buying what he's selling and would love to hear from his school friends.

  • Blue

    I'm just glad this isn't about Tekashi.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Sounds like maybe his parents could have done a better job preparing him for that type of stuff before they started sending him to school.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    No, our overall supervisor is also Puerto Rican and he's pretty laid back.

    As long as you get your work done he doesn't hassle anyone.

    I am going to miss him when he retires.

  • T Willis

    Mixed race couples don’t typically prepare their kids for racism. They think the best way is to “not see color” or to ignore it. Black couples know better. They know their child is black and do not try to ignore the very real realities that comes with being black/brown in amerikkka. Sadly this young man got his nucca wake up call.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Whew! me too!!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I love it when people on my father's side of the family claim that my paternal grandmother is mixed with Indian as if it's diluting some of the 'evil' blackness.

    Those fools are so stuck on colorism that it's sad.

  • T Willis

    Lol it sure is.

  • T Willis

    The purpose of this “story” is to introduce him to the black community. Nothing says black community camaraderie like a “tragic mulatto” being called the n-word.

  • Trace da Ace

    this is the results of a sheltered child.....

  • T Willis

    We were forced out of country music. And they decided to throw a lock on the gate lol. They’ve decided that we’re not allowed in hockey or country music lol. But we sliding in ... lol

  • T Willis

    They’re trying to rile up black community support. Hence why he’s bringing up the couple of n-word experiences that he’s had.

  • T Willis

    His mama was probably yt. I can’t imagine a black woman being this naive or stupid.

  • Being bad is way more fun

    Thats one hot country singer no matter what his family origin is .. Lord have mercy and that voice makes him even better !!!!

  • T Willis

    Even if/when that happens, he’ll still shuck and jive. Hispanics or foreigners think the that price of amerikka freedom is to endure racism. It’s like a tax that they have to pay - and don’t mind paying - and in return they’ll endure the racist comments and slurs. And they’ll take it with a smile.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ROFL!

  • Dowoop

    Now his dad is mixed with black and Cherokee Indian... None of those are screaming white to me so how did he think he was fully white.

  • T Willis

    You will find more yt ppl mixed with Cherokee than you will black ppl. Cherokees are some self-hating mfers, and embrace mixing with yts

  • Dowoop

    Lmao...let the man continue to live in his delusion.

  • ohdearme

    So you can imagine a black father being this naive and stupid?

  • Solstice
  • Eileen

    His father should have taught him better !

  • ohdearme

    Every bonafide Cherokee that I know are black AND from the south. lol I'm not going to speak negatively about a Native American tribe EVER. You need to read more about Cherokee's if you really believe what you posted.

  • Renee26

    Does he have an album about to drop?

    He didn't see color til he was called a N.... OK that's interesting

  • FukkFolks2018

    He is from TN/GA. The Cherokee (Eastern Band) originates at the NC/TN/GA border. So he kinda cant really say for instance I am Apache mixed. I mean he CAN. But It doesnt add up geographically

  • Vonn

    But they "got Indian in my family" in my Sheneneh voice. ??

  • Renee26

    He's got the funny looking part down packed

  • Vonn

    It's always good to see Prince, even when you're being kicked out.

  • Renee26

    ? we're still not going to take a listen...nope nope nope

  • teather

    He's lying. That's totally impossible with those pepper grains atop his head. HA! this is just too funny.

  • Eileen

    Yep..

  • ohdearme

    He may be from there but where is his pa from? Actually how far does this "mixed" claim go back?

  • FukkFolks2018

    His mother was homeless living in a car with him and his sibs. So Im sure teaching him about how negative and racist this big wide world is, especially to a racial mutt like himself...wasnt high on her list. IJS. We dont know.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Blessings to you young man. I like your voice and I hope your star continues to rise. I dont care if you are purple.

  • Eileen

    Awe the tragedy of it all...these mixed up chillens. .all due to poor preparation from their parents!

  • Solstice

    Or Blackfoot ?

  • Eileen

    See my comments above ...

  • ohdearme

    Right! lol

  • Eileen

    I love being a bw if I had to come back to a new world i would want to still be a bw without the bowed legged and a little taller..

  • FukkFolks2018

    Since he dropped has been said he is white/black and Cherokee. not sure about that dad. Dad could be from out west. Sure can be.

  • ???TheRider???

    ?????????

  • MsChocCookie

    He is fully full of shit, because nothing about him says HEY I'm a Saltine Cracker and not a Ritz Cracker......

  • Tee-Tee RN

    no interest at all

  • Eileen

    Black people may have come over as slaves but now we know the real deal ...I look at foreigners immigrants and I shake my head cause I am doing just fine in America as a bw I know my value and worth. I know how to navigate the world...I 'm good...God Bless America

  • PrettyMeka08

    He didn’t see color, but thought he was full white? So he really did see color. Anyone can see he’s not full white. Anyway he’s attention seeking, it’s not like he’s the first bi-racial to ever exist. Sing your songs, either people will like what they hear or they won’t

  • Eileen

    Amazing. ...

  • ohdearme

    Yeah he put all of it on his pa, which means where did pa get it from? But hey he wants to be different so I'll let it go. I have a hard time believing his story though, given his age.

  • Eileen

    The Cherokee is the elite version of indians..colorism got everybody crazy...thanks obummer

  • Eileen

    Like I said the Cherokee are the elite indians

  • Renee26

    I can't do country or the blues

  • PrettyMeka08

    Yet when Henry Louis Gates was finding people’s roots, so many Black people’s face we’re broken when he told them they had no Indian blood in them

  • Eileen

    Didn't tiger Woods daddy tell him that Indian mixture crap lineage he got but no tribe ever claimed his silly behind ...colorism ...smh

  • FukkFolks2018

    Well my 10 year old great nephew who is from Chatt. TN was here upset at Thanksgiving about being called names and being bullied. He is biracial too. So its still happening up in them TN mountains. He never thought he was all white tho. But teasing of biracial kids still going on.

  • MsChocolate

    I’ve got one in my office too. Loves to spout off about wyt privilege. Like he’s a beneficiary. Last name like Cortez? He is beyond delusional and a Pocho.

  • dru and neil

    There’s a lot of doubtful people on here in regards to him not realizing he wasn’t like everyone else, since he was raised by white folks, but I understand it. He’s only seven, and I remember being the same age when I was called n—— by kids at my almost entirely white school. Yes I knew I was black, but I didn’t realize just how different the other kids saw me until then, because it was different in my neighborhood where we actually lived, it was more diverse, (were bused to a year round school). I’m glad the wake up happened at a young age.

  • T Willis

    Yup

  • Rayne

    Imma stick to wheeler walker jr. He is my kinda country man. The stuff he sings about whooo lord lmao

  • Ni Ni

    Kane's father is mixed with Black and Cherokee Indian
    ___________________
    Aren't we all?? I want to see a picture of his dad.

  • Ni Ni

    Kane's father is mixed with Black and Cherokee Indian
    ___________________
    Aren't we all?? I want to see a picture of his dad.

  • ohdearme

    I have many friends in TN and the south period, they claim, I have no reason to discount what they say, that they've NEVER seen racism as bad as it's been in the past 3 years. Many feel as though it was far better years ago than it is now.

  • ohdearme

    I have many friends in TN and the south period, they claim, I have no reason to discount what they say, that they've NEVER seen racism as bad as it's been in the past 3 years. Many feel as though it was far better years ago than it is now.

  • dru and neil

    That’s all it is, his white family didn’t talk about race, so he didn’t think anything of it. I remember many years ago, one of my cousins said her daddy was white, and were were like, “white where!?” She’s was only a little girl with the mind of a child, and because he was a very light skinned black man, she saw white. We just had to tell her that black people come in different colors.

  • dru and neil

    That’s all it is, his white family didn’t talk about race, so he didn’t think anything of it. I remember many years ago, one of my cousins said her daddy was white, and were were like, “white where!?” She’s was only a little girl with the mind of a child, and because he was a very light skinned black man, she saw white. We just had to tell her that black people come in different colors.

  • SumthinSweeter

    lol!

  • SumthinSweeter

    lol!

  • Scorpio

    LMAO! A ritz rather than a saltine. He was only 7 or 8 he didn't know that then. But just the analogy, Saltine/Ritz. That's a first for me to hear.

  • Scorpio

    LMAO! A ritz rather than a saltine. He was only 7 or 8 he didn't know that then. But just the analogy, Saltine/Ritz. That's a first for me to hear.

  • dru and neil

    All the Tekashi news is almost making feel sorry for the boy.

  • FukkFolks2018

    There’s a lot of doubtful people on here in regards to him not realizing he wasn’t like everyone else
    ^^^^^^^^^
    Which you know is the end of the world. That we arent all alike previous life exp wise. Bc his MAMA should have...or his PARENTS should have...or you know what he is full of schit...or xyz...

    When in reality you dont know anyone's story, path, journey or walk.

    I caint.

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    Lies!!! Being a mixed raced couple myself, I taught my kids plenty about the world and racism. And so have the other mixed raced couples I have encountered. Maybe HIS parents dropped the ball but not all do.

  • dru and neil

    Why do they need black support, he’s highly successful. Country music isn’t really my thing especially this country “pop” but he is a good singer. I think he just told a story. Don’t think they give two shakes about black folks listening in still.

  • T Willis

    I’ll take your word for it. Cherokees have knowingly and purposely tried to separate themselves from black people specifically. They act as if black people are the ones that have committed their almost extinction and separated them from their land. Yet the culprits who have committed those atrocities, they are more than willing to join houses with them and break bread. They are self haters. Not all of them though. I have relatives who actually are native Americans and that specifically come from the Cherokee tribe and yeah they’re cool asf, but their attitudes are not the majority.

  • dru and neil

    Somebody Puerto Rican told me they call those kind of folks “coconuts?” I laughed my a— off!

  • Yardgirl

    OMG yes!!! It irks my soul like being Black is not enough!! FOH!!

  • Yardgirl

    Very sad!! Like being mixed makes you "better"!!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Tuh! Straight up and down!

    We were natives here AND we were natives of other lands and brought here.

  • T Willis

    Why does any successful artist try to crossover? To make *more* money, and to gain *more* exposure. No true artist or business (wo) man wants to be regulated to one specific market. The goal is to raise this guy’s profile and tap into the black community market. This anecdote didn’t just pop up from anywhere - and no other minority (except black ppl) give a fawk about being called a nucca. It’s not relatable to anyone outside the black community. And black ppl have been making noise for a while about the lack of inclusion for country music artists. This story was planted.

  • HIS4EVA

    Kane is my boy!!!!!!!!!!! Brush the haters off. I love his voice!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I saw a clip of him during the Macy’s parade and thought ‘so country singers look like R&B artists huh? ?’ LOL. He’s handsome though.

  • T Willis

    I said it’s not typical. ?????

  • MsChocolate

    Ha! Lol

  • dru and neil

    Plus, he was a kid...people are acting like he was a grown man. Children do not think like adults. Also there’s a lot of comments about him playing the victim or pulling a black card for black support? Black support. For a biracial man raised by white folks, with a white wife. In the country music industry. REALLY. Not to mention he’s already platinum selling artist. But yeah he wants our black a—— support for some reason to stay relevant. The man simply told a story.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    I thought I was full white, which honestly, I can't even really say because I didn't see colors

    Wait what?

    Anywho im going to check him out never heard of him

  • gellie

    It's funny you say that. It has long been a belief in my family that we had Indian blood and all that stuff. Well I did my ancestry DNA....88% Sub-Saharan African, 11.5% European. I still haven't told my brothers because I know at least 2 of them will be highly disappointed. Most of us running around here thinking we're $5 Indians are really just part slave-master.

  • TMW

    Dan + Shay - really like their song “Speechless” - my daughter said if this is not playing at her wedding, she’s not coming LOL!

    This story is a couple of weeks old - other than that, I gots nothing.

  • MsChocolate

    Well, his wife is

  • TMW

    Are you saying a cracker is a cracker? ?

  • dru and neil

    When I think of successful crossover country artists, I still don’t see them reaching out to blacks. I don’t think I can think of even one crossover country artist that has a strong black following, not even Taylor Swift, who is huge. If you know any, tell me because I’m drawing a blank...I can only think of one black girl I knew who even listens to country exclusively in my whole life, and I’m in my late thirties, but I’ve known many white folks who only listen to country, they know who to market to and it ain’t us.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Stop making sense

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Exactly. I guess it's an 'upgrade' from being black.

  • Dasright

    Smh...where was his black dad? I have a 60+ coworker born in Germany to a black servicemember and a German mother. Before they came to the States she said her dad sat her down and explained that he was black and that meant she is black too. She said coming to the south, it helped her assimilate into the culture a lot better with this knowledge. Fella up above obviously had no black adult figure in his life, thus his gross confusion.

  • bemetoo

    He look like a mf Pokémon

  • T Willis

    Then you dont understand marketing or PR. I can think of two country artists: Brad Paisley (Colman with LL Cool J), Taylor Swift, and the Dixie Chicks. The other point you’re missing is the fact that country music has a successful artist that’s mixed race. Then, factor in the hoopla that some black ppl have raised for decades about the genres lack of inclusion. If you don’t understand the history of this genre, marketing/PR, or even the industry in general, none of this will make sense to you... but it does to me.

  • Shantey

    Im 33 and I have younger siblings 5, 8 and 13 that are mixed with black and white and we share a daddy but i had to let them know they are BLACK JUST like ME. I thought they already knew but NOPE (strange) cause i new i was black but whatever, so no one ever told them they are black so i asked the question...like did yall know you're black cause you are, and the crazy part was they didnt believe me at first and i had to point out simple things like look at dad hes black and look at your mom she is white and some more things like their hair and so on like i had to ask if they think look like their cousins and grandparents or are they brown like me. I could go on and on because i made sure they understand.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Its his white azz mammy fault according to some on this blog.

    He on album 2 and dad aint popped back up in his life yet. His dad is LONG gone like a turkey in the corn.

  • Phillybruh

    I think you want to protect your kids from the world as long as possible. I could see a scenario where this conversation wasn't had until they had to have it.

  • dru and neil

    You can get as condescending as you like, it’s okay, doesn’t mean that you’re right. You know like I know that country hasn’t been marketed to black folks like you are trying to make people believe, hell even Black Country artists, target audience are black folks.

  • isis Osiris

    Biracial is a stupid term. Black, indian, and caucasian describes lineage of every American.

  • Renee26

    I had a similar experience at 5 yrs old.. The yt girls would always try to make me play with the ugly bald head Barbie with missing clothes...kids are bullies and in most cases will be the ones to make others feel insecure or self conscious about whatever they're teased about.

    I wasn't color blind though and whenever people claim their eyes don't see color I call BS... It just sounds good

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    We give too much power to the word. Outside of it being defined as a derogatory word, when I think about it I have no clue what it actually is. There in itself lies its power.

  • T Willis

    Condescending? I’m sorry you feel that way lol. I’m just matter-of-fact ?????. I could have just ignored you, but instead I thought you were worthy of a response. I’ll do better in the future - I’ll just ignore it.

    Take care.

  • Dasright

    And therein lies the problem. I see why he was confused.

  • dru and neil

    And now you’re being passive aggressive... you knew your tone when you said what you said.

  • rayne215

    well his wife is lily white so he not that down

  • LYRICS

    This is correct! Many will come for our necks, but what your mother is, is what "determines race". The messed up part is NO ONE every notices that IT IS ALWAYS "your mother's maiden name",so on and so forth, but somehow we have misguided to believe that our fathers is what used to determine "race". Funny, isn't it?

  • Solstice

    LOLOLOL ??

  • Cheryl10

    SMH saying I can look at dude and tell he has black in him so ummm tell me why he shocked again why he had to be called the N-word for him to embrace the fact that he is half black!!??! I swear some people are so unaware and accepting of who they truly are and its a sad state of mind to be in

  • PrettyMeka08

    lol @ $5 Indians

  • Kanyade

    I agree. His world was obviously very insulated, as is most of the world for very young children.

  • Kanyade

    Maybe he meant "he didn't see [his] color [as "black plus white"]" and thus, thought he was like everybody else---the same---invisible---"no color"?

  • Kanyade

    sheltered and/or oblivious. young children don't focus so closely like skin color and its associations, however negative or positive or moot.

  • Nita Pie

    So he didnt think he was black or mixed?

  • MsVAllDay

    So the fact that your black and cherokee indian father didn't even try to teach you about your true heritage while you were growing up and had you thinking you were white is the real travesty.

  • MsVAllDay

    It really should be about teaching your kids how to be proud of their TRUE ancestry.

  • Judge Mental Will

    When his lips closed they're sexy as hell.

  • Coffee1st

    ...tell me why he shocked again why he had to be called the N-word for him to embrace the fact that he is half black!!??!
    ------------------
    He was only 7-8 yrs old. Children usually are totally oblivious to race until something happens (like being called a n****r) to open their eyes. I remember not really thinking about it until people started asking me what color i was. I was only 6, but I'm light. Hell, i didn't know the correct choices to pick from. I looked at my skin and was like, I guess I'm tan ??

  • Phillybruh

    7 or 8 is where it should begin, unfortunately before parents can have a chance the world intervenes.

  • Coffee1st

    True. Nowadays though, we HAVE to...or our children will get misinformation from other children and the streets.
    When explaining sex to my youngest daughter, she was mortified. When i explained homosexuality to her, she was UNDONE. But i knew that she needed to know.

  • PhillyFacts

    I was thinking the same thing at 7-8 it's not his fault.

  • Phillybruh

    My kids are being raised in a same sex household. So my kids had to be talked to very early. For a good year my youngest would introduce us as his roommates until he got comfortable with it outside of the house. My oldest didn't care and would tell anyone who listened.

  • Coffee1st

    Smh...where was his black dad?
    -------------------
    Probably the same place my black brother is now...refusing to acknowledge to his kids ANY shred of blackness they have. Just cuz they're momma is white.
    Yep, they're out there...operating in self loathing and assimilation.

  • PhillyFacts

    I totally agree, and who are we to decide when the time is right for parents to have that talk. Seven or Eight is not that old in my opinion; unfortunately his parents were forced to have this conversation sooner than they anticipated.

  • Coffee1st

    My son thought the same about me. It was hilarious because he finally figured it out on his own. I'm trying to imagine the look on his face when this epiphany happened. He didnt tell me this till he was much older.

  • Coffee1st

    Riiight.

  • PhillyFacts

    His "roommates" too cute like he is paying bills lol.. Children are hilarious, I can see my 12 year old telling someone that he is too cool. Is that ya mom? Naw that's my roommate lol..

  • Coffee1st

    It's better for us to teach them than for someone else to. Some conversations are difficult or awkward but its OUR responsibility. I won't have my kids out here ignorant.

  • Phillybruh

    And it was around 1st and 2nd Grade where kids are right out of daycare and need too adjust.

  • chris

    There's this revisionist narrative out there that since natives had a struggle against the white man that they on our side .Couldn't be further from the truth.. Every opportunity they got they united with whites to elevate themselves and keep us down.

  • MsVAllDay

    You can start teaching your kids about their heritage before they are 7 years old.

  • Phillybruh

    You can but will they grasp it and truly understand what your teaching them.

  • Sojourner’s Truth

    Your family fault that they allowed a stranger to enlighten you.

  • xenaD

    The fact that my 5 year old daughter told me I was “white” and she was “too” brown and wanted to be “white” like me killllled me. Every minute of everyday now I’m in her ear (even subliminally) letting her know how beautiful she is.... mind u we are both of the caramel complexion but, by way of my daddy, I’m a lil lighter ?????

  • MsVAllDay

    Actually that's not true. As we all know the white race feels they are superior so when they are selecting the race of mixed race children they use what is called hypodescendent which basically means they classify mixed race children as their more socially subordinate parent. So basically if the child has a white mother and black father the child is considered black. If the child had a white mother and hispanic father the child would be deemed Hispanic. Not that it's right and this classification has it's roots in discrimination, but this is how they generally classify.

  • MsVAllDay

    BIG FACTS!!!!

  • Renee26

    You wanna know what dat mouf dew huh ?

  • disqus_TrCUDzOzuG

    Lol. This made me think of that meme that says, What's a lie that black people tell? I always see, I'm mixed with Indian, as a reply.

  • Melanated Goddess??

    Wrong! Being classified by your mothers lineage is done so jew-wish people can hide their true lineage and the lies they continue to tell. They live by the whole you are what your mother is non sense. Even though the Torah says you are what your father is. Yet they hold on to their lies and spread it around like it's the truth.
    You said yourself this place is backwards, so that would include being classified as what your mother is being a backwards concept. This whole you are what your mother is , is a fairly new concept. Just like women getting custody of their kids. Men were given custody of their kids way, way, way back in the day. Not women. A woman with kids couldn't remarry and men were the sole providers so they got the custody of their children.

  • the guest

    I’m not buying it. Perhaps his color and features are passable but not his hair. There is no way in heck no one ever thought or said that child was Biracial or Multiracial.

    Perhaps he was raised to identify as only white and others would not accept him as fully white. Likewise, no one is looking at this man as black or African American either.

    He is American white, American black, and Cherokee, therefore he is multiracial and that is exactly what he looks like. He favors biracial Jeremy Meeks although Meeks looks more closer to black than this man.

    I think his record label is using this angle to market him and his music to black people. Not necessary to use this angle of suffering racism to endear him to blacks since many black folks already like country music.

    All they have to say is introducimg mixed race country singer Kane Brown.

  • Dasright

    That is crazy and sad at the same time. Damn..

  • the guest

    She’s not lily white, isn’t she Latino?

  • WutizstillHERE!

    IF I COULD DOUBLE LIKE THIS COMMENT I WOULD!

  • J2PC

    Talk about confusing. Call it transracial I guessing (where you're there is an identity crisis going on). That's his parents fault for not raising him to be accepting of all of his DNA heritage. It is obvious that he is biracial or just a light-skinned ethnic minority.

    He is all that both his parents are made up to produce him.

  • J2PC

    He can only get away with 'pretending' that he is White if he was countries like South America or Puerto Rico. He is not Caucasian.

    Yet, when in America they have to identify in as White with Latino/Hispanic background instead of the box that says Caucasian (White with non-Latino/Hispanic background).

  • J2PC

    Um, nothing about him is passable. -his name on paper got him in the door, but it couldn't keep him there.

    Folks could easily see that he is mixed with something other than White. Skin, nose, lips, hair, body...stance. Says also biracial or minority ethnic group of some sort..

  • the guest

    His name sounds ethnically African American.

  • deanya

    ???? and this why i dont believe in datin outside your race . No kid should be confused about their race

  • dru and neil

    It is kind of funny and cute, it’s innocent.. I think when the singer said he didn’t see color as a kid, he should have said race. The kids do see “color” and they will literally think you are a white person until you explain race or they figure it out like your son did! I’ve heard little kids call their black parents brown people, because that’s the color of their skin, kids are innocent like that. They are not analyzing race like we do until life forces them to.

  • Chicagowise

    I was around 7 years old when my parents explained our racial make-up. My mother concluded the conversation by saying, "most people will consider you black, even though you look white." My sister, who is a year younger than I am, started screaming, "I am not black!," and ran from the room, screaming. I was shocked by her reaction. I didn't understand why anyone WOULDN'T
    want to be black.

    Understanding who you are and where you come from, is an essential part of being a well balanced person.

  • Carla B

    Same here. My 9yo is a couple shades darker than her brother and I. The 1st time she asked why we were light brown and she was dark brown Stunned me. Now I make sure she knows her skin is beautiful all the time.

  • Bea Mack,ThaLiteSkinMissCelie

    ALL OF THIS!!!!!

  • Jennifer

    In less than 20 years, there will be a Biracial category to further separate people of color. Wait to see all the Black people who will claim biracial. On paper, it will look as if the Black race doesn't exist. I wonder what will happen then?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Anybody heard him? Can he sing?
    I've never heard of him. Hope he finds peace with his racial situation.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Agreed. Most of us in America are Bi & Triracial.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I just listened. Sounds good. If I closed my eyes, I would have never thought Black guy.

  • rockstar2142

    I love Kane & his music but shame on his mother for not teaching him about his culture. My daughter is biracial & I will make sure she knows all about her heritage.

  • Maxima

    PROPS

  • Maxima

    Would you say more WM/BF couples don't drop the ball than BM/WF couples with regard to teaching about race/bi-racialism?

  • Desi

    I have a cataract blocking the vision in my left eye, and I can STILL see the negro in him.

  • CookieMobster

    Is it ironic that the word brown is in his name?? Just me??
    Any way speaking of country music, y'all should listen to Rich by Karen Morris. Tis my new JAM!!! I think we all can relate to it ladies!!

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    I have his CD in my car....I love his music....I knew right away he was biracial .......Really sings well and he just was married about two months ago really doing well considering he had a tough up bringing.

  • rockstar2142

    Same here. I’m glad he broke through in country music seeing as he doesn’t fit the mold.

  • rockstar2142

    Maren is nice, even though she is country she has a lot of soul in her voice.

  • rockstar2142

    Yeah he is a great singer. But if you don’t like country might not be your cup of tea then.

  • rockstar2142

    Yep exactly

  • rockstar2142

    No she is just white I believe

  • rockstar2142

    No it isn’t. It’s a great way to include all that you are.

  • rockstar2142

    There both. You shouldn’t just exclude one parent.

  • rockstar2142

    I like that he doesn’t fit the mold. Glad that he broke through the country world.

  • rockstar2142

    Mine to. Love him!!

  • rockstar2142

    I hate that line of thinking. You can’t just exclude one parent & act like they don’t exist. Last I checked it takes two folks to create a child. I find it highly disrespectful just to claim one side of you. My daughter is black & white and will be raised as such.

  • rockstar2142

    Right ????. Though my daughter is to little I will make sure she knows as she gets older.

  • rockstar2142

    Don’t think he is trying to.

  • rockstar2142

    He is actually good but if country ain’t your thing I get it.

  • rockstar2142

    He and Darius Rucker are doing well. So there are some that have broke through. I’m hopeful for Mickey guyton cause her voice is amazing.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Bingo!

    Choctaw/Chahta too. They were/are black skinned tribes. Arawak, Taino, Caribs, etc.

  • Coffee1st

    Yeah it is but I've learned to not let it stress me like it used to. The damage is done. Those kids' heart and soul are white. That's the way he wanted it. I shake my head now instead of being angry. There's so much richness, strength, power and deep spiritual roots in our "blackness" - why would you want to be anything else ???
    He cheated his kids.

  • Malcom Flex

    Naw I don't believe dude. Why are the black males swirl kids so danggone CONFUSED and ignorant about race, why do they lie about it. He's down south of course wp gonna be reminding him of this. He's playing the N card and the race card to get black fans riled up to support.

  • ~~eb

    VERY unattractive.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    He is so talented! I recently saw him perform live, and knew I would buy his CD! I get how he didn't know [he wasn't all-white], it's very easy, depending on your upbringing, where he's lived, and how family members have treated him.

    I know he's had a rough time, but in spite of it, has made it big, not just in Country Music, but as an recording and performing artist!

  • SpiceGirl

    Shame on his Mother!!

  • ALLMINE?

    They should be separated. Causes too many issues.. asians and white folks don't claim mixed race kids. They're usually just black kids in the family etc.

  • ALLMINE?

    All we talk about is "RACE". you're bi racial bro. Get over it. We understand

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I listened to him! He's heavy country, but I liked him!

  • PhillyFacts

    Cthu

  • HIS4EVA

    after hearing his voice i had to see his face. u should here his song heaven. so sweet

  • Sircaput

    Love is song Sober on his EP

  • Sircaput

    Love his music After I heard Sober in his EP me and the wife has been hooked.

  • Sircaput

    He's awesome, he has that deep voice that you couldn't tell he had just by looking at him.

  • Sircaput

    Check out Sober.

  • Sunshine ///

    A lot you are missing his point. Not surprised at all. Compression is lost on most. A kid isn't going to automatically know everything about race. You can notice something different but not know why until you're taught why. If his mother didn't tell him he wasn't white why would he automatically know he's biracial? His black father isn't around so I can see his point. Racism is taught. Kids are oblivious to things like this unless there is someone (an adult) in their ear spewing ignorance.

  • ThisIsWhat43LooksLike

    From my experience it’s seems to be equal. I come from a very diverse family with all kinds of race/ethnicity’s in the mix. My family is large. My mom is one of 14 and my dad is one of 6. I have aunts, uncles and cousins with spouses and kids of all colors. These folks have taught their kids about racism and about how others and the world will view,talk and treat them all while still embracing and loving which ever race they happen to be mixed with.

  • MistaO

    Excellent kid and great music!!

  • kekeb

    Idk why his parent(s) didn't prepare h for this as a kid smh. But he's talented and I love country music!!

  • J2PC

    Kane is an Irish surname. Brown can go either way. On paper he would be considered of Irish background. The name is passable. It would make great for pushing job apps to get interviews or be considered for a bank loan until it is time.

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    aint no way that nicca did not know he was a nicca

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    wat black fans

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    umm no anyone with african heritage is black period!!! puerto ricans and some south americans are afro latinos key word afro. my grandma is half black and half mexican and any one ask her what she is she say black!!

  • Malcom Flex

    reread what I wrote

  • Malcom Flex

    Oh come ON he's got a whole black father mixed with indian my butt this is all for show!

  • Malcom Flex

    Exactly. Even though he got a jacked up nosejob...

  • Malcom Flex

    Parent. His dad is black, so, absentee.

  • Malcom Flex

    The reason why many BLACK males breed out is they want white looking kids they won't teach them about race, same as Tiger Wood's ignorant father black as hell.

  • Malcom Flex

    Because he's LYING for show biz shine/coins. It's always some drama they use to get PR.

  • Sunshine ///

    You think his family prepared him for being called a n$&&er?

  • Malcom Flex

    NOPE and that is the fault of many swirling black males as they buck and run from their mixed kids, they don't prepare their mixed sons for reality. Racism is a reality in the usa.

  • Sunshine ///

    That's true.

  • Malcom Flex

    And it's unfortunate.

  • J2PC

    I am aware that they are Black. But the lighter skinned ones in those countries often deny that & say they are 'white dominican or white puerto rican, etc.,' although they have whole line of close Blacks/Africans mixed in their immediate families. lol

    In the US, Central & South America countries the gov't, employers & medical offices have created those boxes on applications that ask whether a person is White/non-hispanic or White/hispanic (or Latino). -usually, the boxes for Latino or Black when being a minority benefits them for scholarships, certain jobs, etc.