Halle Berry Discusses Daughter Nahla’s Race And The “One-Drop Theory”


Arguing about race and undergoing a custody battle seem like the two most unpleasant things imaginable, but it looks like Halle Berry is up to the challenge. The Monster’s Ball actress sat down with Ebony to confirm that Halle Berry considers daughter Nahla Black. Berry, who is biracial herself, discusses how people of mixed race have the right to self-identify, “But I feel like she’s Black. I’m Black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.” Of course, Halle’s comments come after, and seemingly in response to, rumors that ex Gabriel Aubry doesn’t consider Nahla Black, in addition to allegedly calling Halle the N-word during their custody battle, which grows increasingly gruesome. We’re just hoping Nahla is in the other room with Dora the Explorer turned alllllllll the way up during this whole ordeal.

No matter her own feelings on the subject, Berry acknowledges that Nahla will have to come to her own conclusions about her own ethnic make-up. “What I think is that that’s something she’s going to have to decide,” Berry said. “I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself, and that’s what she’s going to have to decide—how she identifies herself in the world. And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself.” Here’s hoping Nahla has the support of both parents as she navigates the tricky subject of race, though the fact they can’t be in the same room without getting into a screaming match isn’t going to be much help.

[Photo: Splash News Online]

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