Actress Tamara Mowry-Housley offered words of comfort and support to a biracial elementary student who suffered burns around his neck caused by acts of bullying from teenage boys. The “Sister, Sister” star told Quincy Chivers that God created him as a mixed race, similar to her, which should not be seen as a mistake.
Nine-year-old Chivers was talked into a hanging himself from a rope by teenage boys who spew racial slurs at him. Chivers had been playing on a playground last August when he said the teenagers began putting a tire swing rope around their own necks before coaxing Chivers to place the rope around his own neck because it was his turn to do so.
According to Newsweek, when Chivers began to put the rope on his neck, the teenage boys kicked him off of a table, leaving the child hanging from a tree while they shouted racial slurs at him.
After being left with severe rope burns around his neck, Chivers was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hichcock Medical Center, as noted by NH1 News. He, together with his sister Ayanna and his mother, Cassandra Merlin, made an appearance on the talk show, “The Real,” to recall his experience of being bullied.
During their guesting, co-host Mowry-Housley offered her sympathy towards Chivers, who told her that his classmates and other children at school had been asking him about the near-lynching incident. The attack is currently being investigated by the authorities.
"The kids at school, they keep asking me what happened. It brings me back to the day, and makes me live through the day that it happened," Chivers said while tears streamed down his face. "I told my counselor to tell the kids to stop."
The boy’s mother has also been vocal about the need to highlight such incidents to avoid future bullying, including racist attacks.
"Racism is real and it's a problem," Merlin said.
As a biracial woman, Mowry-Housley showed empathy towards Chivers and assured him that God made him exactly the way that he should be.
"Quincy, I am of mixed-race, and my children are of mixed-race. Unfortunately, there are people in this world who have a problem with that," the actress said. "But you remember, God created you exactly as you should be, God does not make mistakes."
Mowry-Housley’s mixed heritage can be attributed to her and twin sister Tia Mowry’s white father and black mother. She tied the knot with Fox News correspondent Adam Housley in 2011.