Colbey Northcutt Daniels

ONE flyweight Colbey Northcutt Daniels opens up on interracial marriage on The Wiseman Report

"I feel like we have two extreme sides, like opposite ends here in the U.S., specifically. You're either one way or the other."

ONE Championship flyweight Colbey Northcutt Daniels (1-1-0) really didn’t encounter racism much until a relationship with Bellator kickboxing champion Raymond Daniels.

Then, the floodgates opened.

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I’ve been debating on whether or not I should post about what’s been going on in the world today. Although I’m not black and I’ll never know what it’s like to be a person of color, I’m married to one. My husband is black, and he’s told me countless personal stories of racial incidents he’s experienced throughout his lifetime and what it’s like going through life constantly being judged for his skin color. It saddens me that we live in a world full of such hatred. I dread the day we have kids of our own and they experience their first act of racism in school. Having to teach them as young children to stand tall and ignore the racism, and remind them that they’re loved no matter what! Even though I’ll never know what it’s like, I still experience a form of racism for being married to a black man. Every post on social media I make with him, I receive hate messages and comments of people judging me for being with someone outside of my own race – being called such horrible things I wouldn’t dare repeat. I feel bad for those people, and I usually block them and delete their messages/comments… the looks we sometimes receive from people out in public for being an interracial couple speak for themselves – judgement and disgust. God created each and every one of us on this earth and he loves all of us EQUALLY. We are not born in this world with hate in our hearts, it’s something we learn, and it’s frightening. I love my husband for who he is, regardless of skin color, and I pray for those people in the world who cannot see past it. Jesus called us to love one another, and that’s what we all need to do 🙏🏻 ✝️

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Asked about a Instagram post about life with her husband, Northcutt-Daniels shared some of her story on The Wiseman Report TV show earlier today and despite some disheartening comments and actions, the couple remains committed to building a life and family together.

“I am in sort of a unique situation,” Northcutt-Daniels explained. “I am obviously from a conservative White family. I had a good upbringing. My husband is Black and he grew up in the projects and didn’t come from a good neighbourhood, surrounded by drugs, violence, all that. But he was a police officer in Long beach for almost eight years. So he’s on the side of … he understands what its like growing up with difficulties but also being on the side of law enforcement as well. From a personal standpoint, not all cops are bad. So when you see stuff in the news and you see all this stuff in the world right now about defunding the police and all this stuff, he’s like, ‘Well I had great intentions coming into law enforcement.’ He wanted to do good he knew where he grew up and he wanted to help. I had never experienced any kind of racism in my entire life.”

“You could say looking from the outside I grew up sheltered, so to speak. But when I entered into a relationship with my husband, yeah, that’s when stuff started happening” – Colbey Northcutt Daniels

“Every time I did a post or whatever it would be, it would be messages after messages about how I’m ruining my own race, or I’m this or I’m that and how could you be with someone that’s beneath you. I had never experienced that before. That was very hurtful. And then so when I showed him those things, he kind of laughed it off and said ‘Oh, that’s nothing.’ How can you not let it bother you?”

Colbey Northcutt Daniels

Colbey Northcutt Daniels in a file photo. Courtesy ONE Championship.

“But he is obviously is … I don’t want to say used to it … but he’s a bigger person and he’s like, ‘Okay well this people that are saying this all this stuff, none of that really matters.’ If we just treat everybody with love and kindness  – like Jesus loves all of us no matter where we’re from or what color we are or religion we are – If we just treated each other with love and the way you would want to be treated,I fell like the world would be such a better place. I feel like we have two extreme sides like, opposite ends here in the U.S. specifically. You’re either one way or the other.”

“You can be a little bit of both that’s happening where we could all like meet in the middle and love one another.”

Northcutt Daniels also appeared on TKO Countdown and talked about her experience at ONE, her brother Sage, her thoughts on a cross-promotional event between ONE and the UFC, and more.

@kenaiandrews ONE flyweight Colbey Northcutt Daniels opens up on interracial marriage on The Wiseman Report

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.


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