The discussion around what makes one Black has been ongoing for over a century. Race has also been a headlining topic in Halle Berry’s brutal custody battle with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. In Ebony’s March issue, Halle says her daughter is indeed Black.
“I believe she’s Black,” said Halle. “I’m Black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.”
Are we surprised? Halle has been one of the biracial celebrities in Hollywood who has made no qualms about being a Black woman and actress. The public has never had to doubt what race Halle was because she would proudly let it be known. Go on Halle!
Although the one-drop theory was used as a form of oppression to categorize anyone with one-drop of blood as Black, the rule has never quite left the minds of both Blacks and Whites. The majority of Americans considers public figures mixed with both Black and White, who have brown skin, Black. It’s just the way things are.
As Nahla’s mother, Halle has the right to choose how she will raise her child. And if she feels Nayla is Black more power to her. But the ultimate decision will be Nahla’s once she is of age to decide for herself.
Do you think Halle’s adoption of the one-drop rule is problematic? Is there anything wrong with her raising her daughter as Black even though she’s technically Black, White and French Canadian?