‘Criminal Minds’ Shemar Moore Recalls The Excruciating Pain Of Being Bullied Because Of His Skin Color
April 17, 2019 11:18 By Fabiosa
Shemar Moore is one of the most handsome human beings we’ve ever seen. His natural charm and a heart-stealing smile won’t leave anyone indifferent.
Moore’s striking appearance is a combination of his African American father and white mother’s best features.
However, his skin color is something that, at times, made his life a little bit more difficult.
During one of his recent interviews, Moore recalled the hardships he faced when he just moved to L.A. The actor says that he still remembers the first time he faced racism.
The kids in his new school were exceptionally cruel because Shemar looked different and they made him feel different as well.
The actor remembers:
I was six, and I remember how different everyone made me feel when I was in school. Why does your hair look like that, why is your skin that color, how come your mom is white, how can you be cousins with so-and-so.
The bullying didn’t stop so Moore realized he had to find a way to fight back and that led him to discover new talent. He recalls:
That's how I learned I was good at baseball, because kids would chase me after school, so I started picking up rocks and throwing them to fight back.
Even though his baseball career never turned into something substantial after his college trauma, Moore became interested in acting and it turned out to be the best decision in his life.
However, Shemar says he doesn’t consider himself “a black actor.” He explains that he doesn’t want to put himself into a pigeonhole as he “just as much black as he is white.”
It doesn’t matter what his skin color is. People love Moore for his talent and that should matter the most.