Actress Sydney Tamiia Poitier is the daughter of the great African American actor Sydney Poitier. Poitier’s mother is a caucasian woman named Joanna Shimkus, who is also a famous Canadian actress. Poitier is a multiracial woman who has a light skin complexion. Many people assume that she is a black woman because of her appearance.
Multiracial actors in Hollywood sometimes find it difficult to land roles because of their multicultural make-up. In America, most light skin people are considered black, which sometimes creates a lot of resentment and confusion, because many of them don’t label themselves as African-Americans.
The one drop rule is a controversial racial identifier that has been around since the days of slavery. This rule simply states that if a black and white person has a baby then the child is considered a black person within society. A lot of multiracial children find this rule to be unfair and in some cases demeaning.
Poitier does not seem to mind being cast into roles that have been designed for African American women. Even though she is a mixed woman, many people would naturally have a hard time seeing her as white. Audiences and fans enjoy seeing Poitier in the roles that she has been selected to play. That’s because she’s a very decent actress who can keep a person’s attention with her talent and beauty.