Black NFL player and white fiancée toast to 'more light-skinned kids' in Instagram video

NFL player Jahleel Addae, who plays safety for the Los Angeles Chargers, and his fiancée, Lindsey Nelson, made a toast to “more light-skinned kids” and now their Instagram accounts are private, allegedly to circumvent the damage.

Nelson shared the toast between friends, filmed at a restaurant, on her Instagram Stories. “Cheers to more light-skinned kids,” one of the men says. His mantra is repeated by the group as they clink their glasses. Addae sits at the table holding the couple’s 1-year-old, Zion. 

Management for Addae did not respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s interview request.

Yahoo Lifestyle also reached out to one of two people who is tagged in Nelson’s video. The other person, along with Addae and Nelson, have made their Instagram accounts private.

Jahleel Addae and his fiancée, Lindsey Nelson, are taking heat for an Instagram video some people say demonstrates colorism. (Photo: Getty Images)

There were denunciations of colorism and opportunism on Instagram and Twitter. In 1982, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker defined the term as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of same-race people based solely on their color,” according to the Los Angeles Times.  

There was a Twitter thread of people posting pictures of darker-skinned children to show Addae and Nelson “what beauty is.”

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