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Halle Berry Uses Jim Crow ' One Drop ' Rule of Slavery To Classify Her Dgt As Black (1413 hits)

Halle Berry: Daughter Nahla Is Black From 'One Drop Rule'
A simple split has become a nasty race war, and now, it's going back to the ugliest time in American history. Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, battling for custody of their daughter Nahla, have both thrown some mud, but after word about Aubry's alleged racism got out, Berry is firing back. In a new interview with EBONY Magazine, Berry says (via TMZ), "I feel she's Black. I'm Black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory."

That goes against the wishes of Aubry, who, allegedly, doesn't like when people call Nahla black. That's inconvenient for Berry, who, according to sources, told Aubry he was only good for one thing -- sperm of a different genetic makeup than her own. Berry's people have also leaked out that Nahla is supposedly afraid to go near Aubry, though the truth seems far too elusive to grab at this point.

For more, click over to TMZ.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/08/halle-berry-daughter-nahla-is-black-from-one-drop-rule_n_820071.html
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Tuesday, February 8th 2011 at 12:20PM
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Shouldn't this have been discussed before hand regarding what color Nahla is? Isn't she both White and Black? What about Mixed? Come on Halle & Gabe I sort of expected more than this from you two.
Tuesday, February 8th 2011 at 5:09PM
Jen Fad
Halle has declared her daughter is black... well at least we know Halle's not confused as far as her daughter's race is concerned. Halle knows that even though Nahla was born to a White father, society will still see her as Black, so it's best the child know it now...

Sunday, February 13th 2011 at 4:39PM
Siebra Muhammad
Interesting conversation.

The era of parents and even society deciding for the individual what racial or ethnic group that person should belong to is showing signs of fading away.

The trend among the millenial generation--who are more multi-cultural and multi ethnic than any previous generation in history--is for the individual to decide for himself.

My own two grandkids are being brought up to be proud of the the simple fact that their heritage is biracial. They consider themselves to be BOTH white and black. And who has the authority to contradict that, especially since it is true?

The "one-drop rule" isn't really a rule at all. It is a custom that has stuck in people's minds for several centuries. But that doesn't make it true or legitimate.

One day, when Nahla is old enough to explore her own identity as a human being, she will make her own decision on it as an independent thinker.


Sunday, February 13th 2011 at 4:57PM
Richard Kigel
I belive that the using Jim Crow Slavery Rules is really pathetic and stooping to a level that I would never imagined a woman of Berry's calibre to do. The fact that she has gone this route lets me know that money doesn't necessary exonerate ignorance when it comes to discussions about Race.
Monday, February 14th 2011 at 4:42PM
Jen Fad
I get what you're saying Jen, however Halle has a point and she knows that we still live in a country that is as racist as they come, and who still continues to make us feel ashamed to be proud of our blackness. I don't think her comment was pathetic at all. I know of many people who I attended college with who were mixed and some people can tell they are mixed, but at the end of the day they have to deal with what it's like to be black in America, not what it's like to be white. In an ideal world, we all want to be treated as human, but this is not the case in America and whoever says otherwise is blind.
Monday, February 14th 2011 at 5:28PM
Siebra Muhammad
I realized we have to deal with people, but I don't think that using Jim Crow Rules are what is needed for Halle's dgt. After all isn't it what the ancestors fought hard to free future generations of? The rule makes no sense to me and if anything I think this would be a time to sit back and wait until the subject comes up when her dgt becomes curious about who and what she is. It's child's play at this point and pure nonsense. What if Nahla wants to embrace the White part of her ancestry and be called White like her father Gabe? THe child is mixed, both Black and White and should be encouraged to love all of who she is.
Monday, February 14th 2011 at 7:45PM
Jen Fad
Great point Siebra about how society will view! I think Halle is proving she knows where she comes from and has not forgot. She is smart enough to teach her daughter to avoid pain and confusion in the future! I wish her and family the best.
Monday, February 14th 2011 at 8:56PM
Gosh!! Bi-Racial.... Half- African American.... Half White, Half Black!!! Interesting..... I must ponder on this one.....

I think it's more of a matter of how Nahla (will) view herself and that comes from how her parents view her and what they are teaching her.... you can't take her and split her down the middle like a chicken.... looking for white meat or the dark meat!

Society and it's expectations and labels of who they feel she should be is going to be the biggest obstacle!
Monday, February 14th 2011 at 9:29PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
@ Sister Siebra & Brother Cory,
I see your points, but I don't think teaching a child to deny their biracial ancestry is protecting them. The lesson to teach a child is resilience and how to be couragous in a society where people love less because of preconceived stereotypes and predjudices. That's what I'm teaching my son.

@ Sister Cynthia,
Gabe and Halle are feuding for nothing right now and its a HUGE waste of time trying to fight over white meat or dark meat chicken. Halle would have been better off not even having a child if this is what she calls good parenting.


@ Sister Irma,
I don't want to ignore you, but I fail to see your point. Please clarify.
Tuesday, February 15th 2011 at 10:28AM
Jen Fad
Well... Jen u do have a valid point.... That should be the one thing a couple of any diversity or culture should have discussed.. How the children would be raised!Halle can't say her daughter is "Black because of a one- drop rule..
Gabe can't say she is white...

society is going to say... oh she looks like she's this.... because of her hair texture, color, eys, nose.....

self worth.... self dignity.... self respect.... self pride
allow her to embrace all diverese races, traditions and cultures...

honestly the whole thing baffles me....
Tuesday, February 15th 2011 at 1:21PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
oooh and they said..thought it was over. Come to Florida, Volusia County and hear see these god ole boys in action. But I still luvem doe...Luv u to Hallie
Tuesday, February 15th 2011 at 1:58PM
Halle loves her daughter and I don't think she meant any harm in what was said. Halle herself is biracial and is called Black 99.9% of the time because her father is black so why can't she call her daughter black? The people who are outright slamming Halle for what she said regarding her daughter's race need to stop making a mount out of a molehill...
Tuesday, February 15th 2011 at 2:12PM
Siebra Muhammad
I think adults should learn how to be mature when they pass a certain stage in life and Gabe and Halle have really shown their immaturity.

@ Brother Rich,
I like that your grandkids are being encouraged to embrace their biracial ancestry becuase its healthy for them and good parenting without fear for what may or may not happen to them by society. The children in this generation are less stigmatized than people back were back in the day so embracing their mutlicutural ethnicities is something to be proud of.

See (Brother Rich's) blog post regarding this new generation who are proud of ALL of who they are.
..."At one meeting of the Multiracial and Biracial Student Association, Over dinner with Ms. López-Mullins one night, she wondered: “What if Obama had checked white? There would have been an uproar because he’s the first ‘black president,’ even though he’s mixed. I would like to have a conversation with him about why he did that.”

Absent that opportunity, Ms. Wood took her concerns about what Mr. Obama checked to a meeting of the campus chapter of the N.A.A.C.P.last year. Vicky Key, a past president of the Multiracial and Biracial Student Association, who is Greek and black, joined her. The question for discussion was whether Mr. Obama is the first black president or the first multiracial president.

Ms. Key, a senior, remembered someone answering the question without much discussion: “One-drop rule, he’s black.”

“But we were like, ‘Wait!’ ” she said. “That’s offensive to us. We sat there and tried to advocate, but they said, ‘No, he’s black and that’s it.’ Then someone said, ‘Stop taking away our black president.’ I didn’t understand where they were coming from, and they didn’t understand me.” ...


http://blackinamerica.com/cgi-bin/blog.cgi?cid=10&blog_id=193828
Tuesday, February 15th 2011 at 7:24PM
Jen Fad
she's bi-racial...... and that's that! I will say this in my opinion "one drop rule" was used as a stigma against whites who had relations" with blacks!

Mulatto is their father was white and their mother black/maids/servants/slaves.

Personally.... I would not call my child black because of the negativity the word brings... just like I wouldn't call him "Tom" "Boy" "colored" or any term I deem as negative and damaging!

Now that's my talk (NUP).... I don't feel at all that this child is more loved by one parent over the other.... My niece is Hispanic/Native/African/Black American... she looks Hispanic... but she is comfortable embracing African American as her race... her culture....

President Obama is African-American.... His father was not a slave.... his mother was not the owner of this man's father.... His white mother... hooked up with an African man...
Tuesday, February 15th 2011 at 7:50PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Nahla is a communion of Aubry and Halle.

Halle says Aubry is a Racialist, her opinion.

Halle won an Oscar for performing on an eternal screen a woman who is sodomized. Fact.

Nahla is to go with Aubry, her Father.


Tuesday, February 15th 2011 at 8:25PM
powell robert
Robert she only played the part... she's an actress....
Tuesday, February 15th 2011 at 10:11PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
I don't see anything wrong with the word KID.... I think when it comes to the youngns' we have to be careful with the messages we send... I had to learn one thing.... and my oldest son taught this to me.... I spent my adolesence years inNew York..... But I spent my young aduth life in Florida, Georgia, Texas....

So I knew the two sides of the railroad! Well my son being a military brat he was more used to the diversity.... I wasn't.... but because of his friendships he developed during our different location stations.... I had become used to different cultures....
and the bi-racial couples/children...

children are taught prejudices ... from adults
I have self pride and a pride of my diversity within my family....
My mother would not dare tell me I am black not Native.... and the same thing with my dad... I myself embrace both my identities.... My oldest doesn't lable himself as part Native... But it's his choice... I taught him that he comes from powerful/descendants... My younger son knows that his grandfather and great aunts are Native... but he's not into claiming the rule.. He's 10... his social awareness is already forming... But I do believe he too will embrace his grandfathers ancestry! It is what it is.... pont blank
Wednesday, February 16th 2011 at 2:56AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Halles' lifestyle is sodomy.........

Nahla belongs to her father.
Wednesday, February 16th 2011 at 8:25AM
powell robert
Thanks for weighing in Brother Rob, but there is one major thing I must point out here on this blog:

Gabe is Canadian and the One Drop RUle isn't something they he would be privy to because Canada wasn't into slavery except for those few who were loyal to England who fled the American Colonies before the American Revolution taking their slaves with them into Canada.

Hopefully this will shed some light on this matter.....
[A minority of about 50,000 to 75,000 Loyalists relocated to Canada, Britain or the West Indies. When the Loyalists left the South in 1783, they took about 75,000 of their slaves with them ...]
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/American_Revolution


[In this article, inhabitants of the Thirteen Colonies of British America that supported the American Revolution are primarily referred to as "Americans," with occasional references to "Patriots", "Whigs," "Rebels" or "Revolutionaries". Colonists who supported the British in opposing the Revolution are usually referred to as "Loyalists" or "Tories". The geographical area of the thirteen colonies is often referred to simply as "America".]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution

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Wednesday, February 16th 2011 at 10:15AM
Jen Fad
Just for the record and disrespect intended it is my personal belief that most Americans both Black & White have serious Issues when it comes to Race. There are many lessons that we could learn from our Neighbors to the North of us in Canada about Diversity.

I love Halle yes I do, but I truly believe she's got some serious issues.
Wednesday, February 16th 2011 at 10:20AM
Jen Fad
@Jen, what race do you say our president is in...Black American,,,black African or White...and, why do you do this? example, was it society that deemed him to be Black and not a'*****' or colored, ect or was it jim crow taht caused you to define even your own race for you or the rules of society at this time?!?

I asked these questions, because everyone is talking about this innocent child as if she was not human, but a thing for each and everyone's personal opinion to define her without one word of input from the child...

As, for me, I believe this child should be taken into protective custady for her own long term mental health concerns and to protect her long term self-worth!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let her parents fight it out which one is abusing her the most by doing this to her present and her future...this is america is it not where we tend to not be concerned past fame, forturne and public opinion as related to the latest public scandal with dep pockets at stake...oh and lets thrown in a movey of the week into the mix...even moe money at the expense of this innocent child...

thanks for allwoin gme to vent on this matter which has me so ashamed. (NUP)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
@jEN, "i" FULLY UNDERSTAND THE NOT BEING ABLE TO STEP INTO ANOTHER'S SHOES BIT... SO DOES THIS HELP ANY...

"I" BELIEVE A MOTHER'S LOVE AND NEEDS TO PROTECT THEIR CHILD(REN) IS RELATED TO BEING ABLE TO LOVE THE CHILD(REN) MORE THAN THEY CAN HATE THE PERSON THEY HAD THE CHILD WITH. (SMILE)...as in putting their welfare first and formost intheir lives...

MY COMMENT TO YOU WAS RELATED TO ONE CAN STEP BEYOND JIM CROW TO BE ABLE TO DEEFINE THEMSELVES AS AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND REJECT BEING DEIFNED AS 'COLORED' AS A PART OF HOW THE SOCIAL ATTITUDES HAVE CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHERE BEING CALLED B-L-A-C-K IN NOT A LIFE OR DEATH TO THOSE WHO SAY IT( like the word ***** and not the 'n' word) IS NOT 'JIM CROW' ..

BUT BECAUSE WE NOW O-W-N THE WORD BLACK IN TODAY'S SOCIETY.(SMILE)...again our choice and not dictated by jim crow..we do have working brain powers to do these things on our own...(FAR TOO MANY BLOGGERS DENY THIS AS A FACT)

Or we can just say this is Black history month and tHis is good for us to be dialoguing on as related to OUR BLACK SINGLE MOTHERS as worthy of respect. (SMILE)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
...PLUS FOR hALLE TO NOT HAVE HAD THIS CHILD WOULD NOT abortion have to come into her life...

or is it like Egypt, hALLE haS no rights to determine HER own life's paths???

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ABOVE AND BEYOND PERSONAL, SUBJECTIVE PUBLIC OUT BURST VIA THE MEDIA...IN NOT ALLOWING OTHERS FREEDOM OR FREE...(SMILE)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
...now if all of the above does not help then try this one on for size...

Halle OWNS THE WORDS ONE DROP OF BLACK BLOOD...AND HAS ENOUGH SELF ESTEEM TO USE HER FREEDOMOF SPEECH AND HER CHOICES...AND REFUSE TO DENY A PART OF HER BIA HISTORY...HER PRIDE AND POWERS IN BEING A MEMBER OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY...WILL NOT BE DICTATED BY THE POWERS OUT SIDE OF HER BEING HUMAN WITH HUMAN BEHAVIORS...ECT.

i GUESS MUCH LIKE "I" O-W-N THE WORD ***** AS A PART OF OUR PROUD BIA HISTORY . (SMILE)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
@Doc. my pet peeve is to call our children "KID". "I" am not positive if it was William Shakespear who coined the word "kid" but in one of his plays/ stories the way I was to end up with it being read in one of my BIA study classes from our culture point of view in teh story he called the Black children, KID and the adults Canniable...since then I have never used the label of KID. (smile)
Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:47PM
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