Michael Chandler, UFC Athlete, Defends Position on Raising Black Sons Color-Blind, Addresses Backlash on The Pivot Podcast and The Shawn Ryan Show

Michael Chandler, UFC Athlete, Defends Position on Raising Black Sons Color-Blind, Addresses Backlash on The Pivot Podcast and The Shawn Ryan Show

UFC star Michael Chandler reaffirmed his stance on raising his Black sons to disregard color, despite facing criticism for his views on parenting children of different races.

Emphasis on Virtue

Chandler emphasized the significance of virtue in shaping one’s character, asserting that being a “good man” transcends skin color. His comments came amidst scrutiny regarding his approach to parenting his adopted sons, seven-year-old Hap and two-year-old Ace.

Character Over Color

During an interview on the Shawn Ryan Show in April, Chandler underscored the importance of character and integrity, irrespective of race, in defining masculinity and virtue. He defended his position, stating that the essence of being a good man lies in moral principles rather than external factors like skin color.

Addressing Criticism

In response to backlash, Chandler addressed concerns about his remarks in an interview on The Pivot podcast hosted by former NFL players Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor, and Channing Crowder. He clarified that his intention was to highlight the importance of character traits over racial identity.

Future Conversations

While critics questioned his approach, Chandler expressed his intention to engage in discussions about race with his sons as they grow older. He acknowledged the evolving nature of parenting discussions and emphasized the importance of age-appropriate conversations.

Brie Chandler’s Perspective

Chandler also shed light on his wife Brie’s longstanding desire to adopt African-American children. He revealed her passion for adoption, citing her involvement in inner-city mission work and mission trips to Jamaica as early indicators of her commitment to adoption.

Adoption Journey

The Chandlers’ journey to parenthood included the adoption of their first son in 2017 and their second son in 2022. Michael Chandler highlighted his wife’s unwavering dedication to adopting children, a dream she had nurtured since her teenage years.

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