As a biracial woman who grew up with a Black mother and a white father, Tia Mowry knows what white privilege looks like. In a recent Instagram post, the actress recalled some instances in which her mother, Darlene Mowry, was racially profiled, or treated different than her father, Timothy Mowry. Tia, who starred on the 90s sitcom, Sister, Sister, with her twin sister, Tamera Mowry-Housley, explains that these instances made it clear to her that white privilege exists.

“#Tbt This is a photo of my beautiful mother,” Tia began. “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. 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.”

“Another incident that stood out for me was when we were buying our first home as a family,” she continued. “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.”

Tia Mowry Says Seeing Mom Get Racially Profiled Made Her Understand White Privilege
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Despite how heartbreaking this reality is, Tia hopes that a difference can be made so that this is no longer the case. “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.”