Halle Berry on her daughter's race and interracial romance
February 8th, 2011
01:25 PM ET

Halle Berry on her daughter's race and interracial romance

As her custody battle with ex Gabriel Aubry turns ugly, Halle Berry is speaking out to the March issue of Ebony magazine about their daughter Nahla and the role that race plays in her own relationships.

The Oscar winner, whose mother is white and father is black, tells Ebony that she identifies herself as a black woman but plans to let 2 1/2-year-old Nahla — whose dad is white and French Canadian — make her own decision about her race when she's old enough.

"I'm not going to put a label on it," she says. "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."

But, Berry adds, "I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory."

Regardless, the actress acknowledges that being biracial isn't easy.

"If you're of multiple races, you have a different challenge, a unique challenge of embracing all of who you are but still finding a way to identify yourself, and I think that's often hard for us to do," she explains. "I identify as a black woman, but I've always had to embrace my mother and the white side of who I am, too. By choosing, I've often [wondered], ‘Well, would that make her feel like I'm invalidating her by choosing to identify more with the black side of myself?'"

Like Aubry, Berry's current boyfriend, actor Olivier Martinez, is white, but she tells Ebony love has nothing to do with skin color.

"I'm very connected to my community, and I want black people to know that I haven't abandoned them because I've had a child with a man outside of my race and I'm dating someone now outside of my race who is Spanish and French," says Berry, who has romanced men from a variety of ethnic groups.

"I have never been more clear about who I am as a black woman...the people I have dated sort of hold up a mirror to me and help me realize more of who I really am," she said. "And who I really am is a black woman who is struggling to make my race proud of me, who is struggling to move black women forward in the profession I've chosen, and those relationships have actually helped me identify myself more clearly. Not to say that I wasn't able to do that when I was married to two black men, but it certainly hasn't detracted from feeling very connected to my community, and who I really am at my core."

Berry goes on to say that "the truth is that it's taken me a long time to learn how to love myself, and color isn't really a part of what I look at when I'm deciding who I want to spend time with. I look for the soul, the person, the evolution, what he believes in, who [he is as a person] and how does it affect me in a positive way."

Divorced from athlete David Justice and singer Eric Benet, Berry has vowed to never marry again, but now says she might make an exception.

"The only reason I would is if I found somebody who proved to be on-another-level special to me," she says. "And if for some reason I felt like it would be important for Nahla and her sense of family unit. I've been married twice, and [the marriages] didn't work out. They were painful divorces, and I'm not so sure I ever want to subject myself to that kind of pain and heartbreak again. I don't know if I can."

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  6. Mustang Sally

    The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the "One Drop Rule" in 1967. It was a long time coming. I guess some people still haven't gotten the message.

    April 22, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kimber

    Funny there is no one on here but dumb azz Black people embracing the one drop rule, trying to make people Black.

    April 20, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dennis Altman

    Too many people are hung up on the race issue and have been for many years. I agree with Halle Berry that love should not matter on the race of a person. It should strictly matter if the two people really care for each other and in the case of her child, the man must feel the same about her child. It is a package deal. She is a beautiful woman and I hope her personallity is just as beautiful.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ana Vlas

    Black, White, Brown, Red, Yellow...

    There is only one Human race and it doesn't matter what color your skin is or what hand is dominant or what your BMI is – WE ARE ALL HUMAN!

    March 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tony

    OH Please! I am so tired of Halle's incessant pronouncements that she is "Black". Who cares? Like a growing majority of people she is multi-racial and here daughter is evern more so. This typle of self-segregration simply feeds the notion that we are not all part of the human race and promotes racial prejudice....Please shut up!!!

    March 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Line

    When people stop to talk about race and understand that "folkgroups" is what defines people, we can be united and understand eachother. In scandinavia, we are not allowed to use the word "race" in school. It is considered "unintelligent" to use.

    March 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikey

      Race is "unintelligent." It is, however, a uniquely American obsession, and like all obessions, difficult to overcome.

      April 22, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. wellthereitis

    If I had a transfusion, then one drop would kick in.... Get a transfusion, pick a race. Don't care, if I need a transfusion, your blood can be from any race, I just prefer it to be disease free.

    March 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Woof

    There is coming a time when none of this will matter.

    March 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rosie

    I will have to wait until I read the actual magazine since I know how stuff can be misconstrued however; if this is actually what she said then there goes her identifying herself as black since her mother is white and that goes against her whole "one drop theory". If she did say this how ridiculous does she look contradicting her own thoughts and words?

    February 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. PCW


    February 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Sally G.

    Halle claims to be black. But ever notice how she ONLY goes for white sausage? Halle likes big thick long hard WHITE sausages. She does not want any nasty tiny black ones.

    February 26, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Buddy

    She's an idiot saying what she needs to say to pander to her audience because she dates only white guys now. 3/4 white = white. Hey, it works for Asians and Latinos.

    February 26, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jim Nazium

    Attention: ALL BLACK AMERICANS.....its 2011......we have a black President.....we have a black Supreme Court justice.....we have black NFL / College coaches.....we have black CEO's.......we have black Mayors.......yada yada yada. My point? GET OVER IT. You still want to cling to the slavery issue....its OVER....LET IT GO. Why don't you worry about the majority of young black men who are in prison.......more black men in prison than in college. Yes, I guess that is somehow a white person's fault. Or better yet, George W. Bush's fault......white people are SICK of the race card.

    February 26, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  19. Sam Houston

    Hey. I thought we weren't black anymore, that we're African-American. It's just so hard to keep up anymore, isn't it?

    February 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Aaron

    I don't care what race she is....that woman is still fine as frog hair.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  21. martinluther bling

    she sounds very dumb,she is black.

    February 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  22. N Jean

    I just hope one day it won't matter.........

    February 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. RainyAlaska

    I find it interesting that Halle says she was willing to embrace her mother and her mother's side of the family. Well, gee...I would hope so. She's your MOTHER!!!! I never realized how racist Halle is. I'm not drops of anything, I'm a human being. My blood is just plain old red, like everyone else's. I hope Halle's daughter has a happy, healthy future and doesn't pick a "color" to be, I hope she can just be herself.

    February 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. saywhat

    i'm confused, on the one hand she says she wants her daughter to decide for herself, and on the other she says she believes in the "one-drop theory" and hopes her daughter will identify with her mother's choice and therefore consider herself black. of course her daughter will pick up on this, she will eventually see her quotes stating this preference. don't talk bout this publicly anymore halle you're gonna screw it up.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  25. Sc Diva


    February 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Billy Davis

    Come on Halle Berry has relationship issues. If Denzel Washington dated white women their would be a riot at Ebony's headquarters. Stop with the double standards do I care if Halle dates white men? No. Do I care if black men date white women? No. Neither should you.

    February 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  27. bitnar

    She says "I've had a child with a man outside of my race." But if she's half white, he's not outside her race.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Crash Master

    Your daughter is 25% black and 75% white. Call the baby what you want to, but them's the numbers.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  29. sluggo1216

    Stupid RACIST! If a white man (or woman) would have said anything about dating (or marrying) outside their race, the NCAAP, Jesse Jackson, Allan Sharpton and all the others would be yelliing that it was a racist rremark. Yet all you weeping whites take it in stride and let those comments just slip by because they were made by a "minorrity". Look around as to who the real minorities are. Get your head out of your asses. Racism works BOTH ways and you should hold everyone accountable for what they say regardless of their "status" symbol.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy Davis

      Who in the world is Allan Sharpton? You mean Alfred "Al" Sharpton. FYI... most black folks can care less what Sharpton or Jesse Jackson has to say. They are insignificant airbags.

      February 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. gloria camel


    February 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Geri

    Halle is not as smart a woman as I took her for. To make the 1% comment is a bit stupid of her. Her daughter needs to be raised to embrace both genetic sides of her life. Wonder how Halle's mother feels when Halle makes those type of comments. To me it's like living in the south and dealing with Jim Crow all over again. Halle, do you go to Rodeo Drive to shop and enter via the front door?

    February 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Sandra

    Halle Berry should look into the "One Drop Theory" that she believes in. It was a rationale for segregation, stating that if you had one drop of black blood in you, you were considered a beast. Whites could not marry blacks because it would be considered beastiality. This is very offensive to me and I am not even black. So since she considers herself to be black she should not be advertising that she ascribes to the One Drop Theory since it is extremely derogatory to the black race.

    February 14, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  33. B&W

    Why doesn't the one drop theory apply to the white side? My two bi-racial children choose "other." Their parents are black and white, each with a native american a few gens back. Respect is what it's about, for all the ancestors from which they came.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  34. sharlisa2001

    This is unecessary denial. She is not denying who she is or one half of her. No more then Obama. They are being real with themselves and their children. The world sees color and color is apart of who I am and they are. Don't treat me differernt because of the color of my skin, but my skin is beautiful light or dark. Really people if color don't matter why get a tan. So listen up. BLACK PEOPLE LOVE THEIR SKIN COLOR light or dark, just don't treat us different because we are. She is protecting her child like every mother would so she can be ready for the ignorance of this world, and know reguardless she is beautiful. Do you really think she will not encounter it. Not to long if you even try to act like you were not black and get caught you could be lenched. Watch the movie Imitation of Life and it would explain it all. Ignorance is not bliss when it can cost you your life. Their is beauty in all races however you have to know what you are walking into and growing up with so you can embrace and defend with diginity.. if these comments displayed here is anything like what she is going to encounter do you Halle. what is the difference with what she is doing and you raising your children in a certain religion, or belief. I am a christian black woman with a multicultural family and I love it.

    February 14, 2011 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  35. coco

    Halle Berry do yourself your daughter and her father, a big favor GROW UP it's bad enough that she'll lived with out her parents in the same house but know you have to make it tabloid news you 2 need to show some respect for your daughter and not be so selfish and let your egos run wild .
    I hope that judge gives you both 50% each custody rights.Can't belive how you would even go there.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  36. erroronline

    UH, he allegedly called her a Nig***** Nothing like a racial slur to remind you who you are, black white asian indian spanish, whatever! LOL (And who said Halle was black anyway)

    February 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  37. scroo yoo

    Wait,back up a minute

    Halle Berry is BLACK???

    February 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Bob from Montclair

    Does anyone really care what her racial makeup is? If you do then you are a racist. America put this in perspective- we have people who want to destory our way of life and all the freedoms we have and we are worried about what race someone is?
    I dont care what race Halle is, all I know is that she is a beautiful woman.

    February 13, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      Well then she is a racist, cuz she is the one that brought it up! lol

      February 14, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  39. samuel sparks

    the day of the gentile is over. read you bible.

    February 13, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  40. samuel sparks

    i dont hate white people i feel sorry you becase you are sick in head.

    February 13, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  41. samuel sparks

    it true . jf you think i am read history. the bombs was drop in the state of ok.

    February 13, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  42. samuel sparks

    I am old enought to rember those days, i am 71 year olds. but black people must teach the young, if not the white people will lie their way out of it.the way they say salvery was not the couse of the civil war or their was no wounded kee .or that america have never drop bombs on black people.

    February 13, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  43. Erica

    Halle just needs to leave the race thing out of this custody issue. Gabriel is Nahla's Daddy and there is nothing she can do to take the white part out of her. Who cares what color you are as long as you have love from both parents. Stop lying
    about Gabriel and his parenting skills and just share custody. Let her love both races that she represents and let her continue to love her Daddy and grow up well adjusted.

    February 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  44. David

    Halle Berry is doing her best to think clearly in a society that disorients the psyche of people of African descent. Her confusion is in fact only a reflection of the racist ideologies that permeate every aspect of western culture (media, religion, academia etc ).Her conclusions are flawed but her effort to achieve knowledge of herself is sincere.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  45. David

    Halle Berry is doing her best to think clearly in a society that disorients the psyche of people of African descent. Her confusion is in fact only a reflection of the racist ideologies that permeate every aspect of western culture (media, religion, academia etc ).Her conclusions are flawed but her effort to achieve knowledge of herself is sincere.

    February 13, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  46. Raba

    It's too bad that if a black woman dates a white man, she has to apologize for it. I never see any black guys required to apologize to the black community for dating white women. The black community definitely has a double standard going on. It's okay for the men to date whites, but not okay for black women. If she does, she has to go and explain herself how she's still down with the brothers, etc. What a bunch of BS! I never heard Heidi Klum explain herself how she didn't turn her back on the white community when she married that Seal dude.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  47. Nique_mil

    Aside from the one-drop theory, which I think is silly, being multi-racial can in fact invite some annoying comments. But wouldn't that happen to practically everything in life? I am from Brazil and a by-product of white, black, native-American and Moors. Here in the U.S., I heard people asking if I were from Asia (e.g. India, Indonesia, Philippine), Spain, Egypt, Morocco, Jamaica and several countries from Latin America. Now, please tell me how can I identify with one race?! I love being multi-racial and refuse to accept any label that people try to impose on me. They can think whatever they want about me; I couldn't care less.

    February 12, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  48. itsme

    first of all, who did she pay to get this cover ? second of all, everyone knows she is currently on a mission to destroy her kids father. she is just using this as an opportunity to get in all the digs she can against this guy. the phony public relations image that she has been hiding behind all these years is crumbling. the true narcissistic man-hating shrew is now shining brightly!

    February 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Karen

    Why is she Black with a white mother? All these people who have white and black parents all refer to themselves as black. Do the white parents count?

    February 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  50. qev

    Thanks for letting me know that I felt that Hally Berrry had turned her back on us, black folk. I'd no idea that I felt that way...hmm. In anycase, I bid Ms. Berry to feel free to turn her back(side) on me...at her leisure.

    As for her child's race, she will learn soon enough that our race is not determined by how we see ourselves, but, instead by how we are seen (and, subsequently, treated) by society at large.

    February 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ND

    I find it very funny that white people are getting so upset about what this woman said! She is speaking the truth! When she was called the N word by her so called "white side" she knew than that she would always be seen as black. She said she is proud to be a black woman and to be seen as uone. I didn't even know she had a white mama until I read this article. Remember white Americans, you started this mess with the Jim Crow laws. Racism is not dead! When the leader of the KKK said in an interview that (N-word) Obama will be killed if elected president we all knew that Obamas white side did not matter. He is seen as a black man and not has a white man or as both, just black. So white people just get over it...she does not want to identify with her white. Who can blame her when being called the N-word by white people while she was growing up made what to stick with her black side. She is a beautiful black woman and will always be!

    February 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Does she also consider herself 3/5ths of a human being?

    I can't wait until 1984 when we can all ignore everything that makes us who we are race will have no meaning culture will have no meaning we are all faceless souless drones and we all come together to serve the greater good.

    February 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ben from Baltimore

    I am a victim of divorce. My parents divorce was finalized 3 days after my 5th birthday, and these custody cases can get ugly. I have seen stories of 2 sided celebrities, where what you see in public is not how they are in private. This kid is mixed, it is neither black or white. I have 2 mixed cousins. I don't believe that Gabriel is a racist, the N-word accusation was just a low blow put out there by a desperate mother trying to hold on to custody of their kid. Remember when Denise Richards made the false claim that Charlie Sheen molested their kids? Desperate mothers, regardless of racial makeup, do these types of things in custody cases all the time.

    February 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  54. josh3654

    Wow a completely racist article published by CNN...shocking.

    February 11, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • denise

      How is this article racist? Nothing in this article is racist! Because she wants to be identified as a black woman that makes her racist! Her calling herself black is an insult to you! She is black and white, but people call her black because she looks black not white. I would have never know she had a white mother until she said she did.

      February 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  55. MEAGAN

    her 'RACE'??? im sorry, i thought she was American.
    so is 'white' a race now, too? or 'brown'?? im just so confused, Halle Berry. I thought you were smarter than that.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  56. GiGi

    What does everyone say about Barack Obama? That he is Black. In spite of his white mother. Halle has heard the same thing her entire life and even though her daughter is more white than Black, her skin color and hair look far more Black than white, so she'll hear the same thing her mother did. Halle has simply been conditioned by how society has treated her. Anyone who tries to pretend otherwise and call Halle a racist, stupid or whatever else is a complete liar.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Lisa D

    Halle says she loves herself? Doubt that seriously. The problems she has with the MEN in her life cannot be totally blamed on the guys ALL THE TIME. Something else going on there.

    February 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Seriously?!

    Marky- I totally agree that this is all idiocy. I also thought that Halle was a little "touched" prior to reading this article. However, racism is alive and well and always will be, esp if we continue to take the time to respond to such ignorant comments being made by what I assume are people of all races. One thing is for sure, opinions are like navels...everyone has one...and some stink!

    February 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  59. jeannie

    Go away Halle! as beautiful as you are ....You are dysfunctional and every man tries to get away from you. That should tell you something!!!

    February 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  60. nonny

    What bothers me more than the article about Halle Barry is the other article listed on the front cover of the magazine. Is Marriage For White People?

    February 10, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  61. Justin Bieber

    I am gonna pump Halle and make her scream. Skip all this racism and one drop talk. All that matters is that Bieber is ready for action. Black, white, yellow...who cares. They are all pink on the inside. Let's booze it up and bang some hos!! -Bieber

    February 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dr. Dawkins

    I predict that the issue of Nahla's public racial identification will become increasingly important to contemporary race-talk. It is easy to see how coverage of this story might follow the usual script where Nahla will play the role of the "tragic mulatto," who is confused about who she is and how she fits in. Or, "naturally," she will play the only other role available—the role of racial healer because of her multiracial background. Either way, it is easy to see how making racial victims or racial healers out of multiracial people really only serves to let everyone else off the hook. When we realize that racial reconciliation is everybody's job, not just a job for multiracials, then we might all be a little more mixed and happy.

    See my full HuffPo post @ http://www.marciadawkins.com/blog

    February 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Upset Voter

    Black, white, Hispanic, etc... It does not matter. We are all 100% human. The rest is just history.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Queen73

    I have had my concerns about Halle for some time now. This article reinforces my concerns. For those of you who can't read between to lines to see what's really going on here, let me tell you. First of all, Halle is an actress through and through. Secondly, Halle used Gabriel because she wanted a child for herself. She wants this child because she needs to feel loved. I do not believe he is this bad guys she is trying to make him out to be. Thirdly, anyone who says I am trying to make my "race" proud of me when she is bi-racial is clearly making a cry for someone to love her. She needs constant reassurance that she is worthy. Fourthly, think about it, she has three failed relationships, whose the common denominator here? She needs some long term therapy before she cripples this child. I hope the father is able to remain constant in this childs life. She deserves at least one stable parent.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Quaintis

    So sick and tired of hearing mixed people denying their white side. Pllllllleeeeeaaassseeee, you are only advocating racism. I'd lo ve for Halle or Beyonce ot admit they are part white and say it with pride, but NNNNNNOOOOOO we have to be black so we can act all oppressed.

    Her daughter is only 1/4 black, give it up.

    So stupid.

    February 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  66. daisy

    Halle is half white and half black. Gabriel is white. So Nahla is 75% white and 25% black....um, she's more white than black to me but if she wants to identify as black then who cares. People should be able to identify themselves as whatever race they want to highlight as their heritage. I am more Danish than Irish but I identify with my Irish heritage more. Nahla should choose for herself so she isn't so conflicted. But considering I don't have to this particular choice to make I can't say much. Just some thoughts.... 🙂

    February 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Penus envy

    Ms Berry is a black woman that wishes she had a white mans C*CK between her legs.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Halle Berry Makes Me Sick

    I read an article a few years ago in which Halle herself said that she didn't consider herself black, because all the black kids teased her for being part white, and that she didn't consider herself white because all the white kids teased her for being black, and now since the oscar win, its all I'm black and this is my heritage blah blah blah.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  69. ProudDad

    Comments like the ones on this board are exactly the reason why I am seriously considering taking my family and leaving America. I want to live in a country where people are not neurotically obsessed with race.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Blog Thugs

    To all the ones who take a opportunity to take a topic and turn it into an attack on a race..Go deep throat one.Space waste!

    February 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humble Horrace


      February 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blog Thugs

      Did that make you angry..good cause you are probably a pro at it! Deep throat that is! Say that loud and proud so you can make headlines somewhere else beside the blog pages.. Blog racism is such a coward way to express your dislike for a race. Grow some balls. Scary sucka!!

      February 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Acaxochitl

    Okay I'm not interested in the "race" issue, but she said she had 2 bad marriages and would not marry again but "might" make an exception. I had 2 bad marriages and was single for 10 years, vowing to never marry again. Then I met the man I ended up marrying 2 years ago and he turned out to be perfect for me. Miracles do happen as long as we don't give up. Never say never... and I'm 55 yrs young!

    February 9, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  72. Justin Bieber

    Cmon ladies. Come to the Bieber. My gay looks fool everyone but I am bi. I will go for the poop-shoot of dudes and chicks. It don't matter to me. they is all brown on the inside – black, yellow, white on the out. It be all cool. I just wanna get bizy. Let's hook up. C'mon ladies. Let's party. Check out the entire Bieber package!!

    February 9, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  73. Justin Bieber

    Jace is right on the money. Anastasia is going to meet my new friend, Ben.....Ben Dover. I am gonna pound that a#* and make her cry. She is gonna love the Biebster. Chloe on the other hand can grab my monster disco stick and take the whole thing down the hatch. We gonna get crazy. The Bieber is here to stay!! Booze it up.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  74. Name*bRry


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  75. Rachel

    People have a problem with her making her own decision about who she thinks she is? The whole world is going to come to an end because the white race isn't being properly represented by someone who has the right to identify the way she wants? Who cares what you think? She is only doing the best she can based on the country, and frankly world, she lives in. This is stupid because at this rate she can't make everyone happy because there are people who have different opinions about how they would classify her racially. So the only person she has to make peace with is herself; she doesn't need your approval. How do you know more about how she identifies than she does? She knows herself better than you do.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  76. Chloe

    She looks black to me. She is not white.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  77. Mind your own

    People are contradictions themselves. How can you tell someone how to self identify? If she identifies as Black, that is her business. How she views her daughter is also her business, and her daughter may or may not agree with her, but that doesn't mean Halle still can't have an opinion. How can people get so mad about how someone views him/herself? Who the fck are you to tell her how she should view herself? Mind your own business; you act like you have something personally vested in how she identifies; it doesn't change how you should choose to identify yourself. A lot of mixed race people hate people defining them, but they don't have a problem telling people that they are wrong for identifying with who they want to identify with. It is like mixed people are afraid to be considered black at all. So sad.

    February 9, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  78. Justin Bieber

    Hey. The bieber wants some action. Don't deny it. I am a fruit and want to play. Dave and David. You iz my boys now. We want to have some fun. Ben Dover!! Let's booze it up.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  79. Justin Bieber

    Hey simplicity. Let's get together. I wanna check out your poop shoot. Come on and check out the Bieber!! You know u want it. Meet my new friend....Ben. Yeah! Ben Dover.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Justin Bieber

    Dave, let's hook up and do some slammin. I want to see your poopshoot. Cmon. U know you want it. Let's get pumpin. Booze it up!

    February 8, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  81. hey mom

    Of course she's bi racial otherwise she'd be all nappy and fugly.

    February 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Karen

    My family is multiracial. We don't waste our time identifying ourselves. There's no shortage of ppl willing to do it for us.

    February 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acaxochitl

      Wow, truer words were never spoken! Somebody's always got something "smart" to say.... 🙂

      February 9, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  83. rabbitt rabbitt

    Shame,Shame Ms Berry I love U But not any more

    February 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Dave

    I think it's great that she put her opinion out there like that. Whenever you touch the hot button racial issue, you're going to open yourself up to criticism.

    Here's my take on it. I don't one needs to make their race proud of them. I don't think someone should have to "identify" them self to the world as a black or white man or woman. Instead of trying to label yourself and fit into some slot that society has designated, one should just be themselves. Don't put a label on it. I'm me, you're you, and that's just fine. I don't need my race to be proud of me any more than I need to be proud of my race. My race is filled with great people, stupid people, caring and loving people, destructive and violent people and so is every other race. The only person that needs to be proud of who I am is me. I would like my parents to be proud of me, my wife and kids to be proud of me, and my family as well, but sometimes that doesn't work. Sometimes your family isn't on board with choices people make. At the end of the day I need to be able to live with myself and the things I've done. What the rest of the world thinks isn't important. I would hope that the person I am in love with isn't in love with me for being a great black or white person, but being a great person. I think that's the case in her situation as well and I'm glad she's found someone that makes her happy. I'm guessing she did not wake up and think hmmm I want to find a man of this race to make me happy and wind up where she is now. She found a man that makes her happy.

    I'd love to see the day when the only time that people identify someone by race is when you are trying to give a physical description of someone in a room and it's just an attribute such as hair color or eye color, which ought to be the only time race matters.

    So for Halle,

    Love some of your movies, and I don't put any thought into it as to what race you are when I watch them anymore than I would put any thought into your color if we were having lunch together. Don't worry about trying to fit into some society defined form of what race you need to be or how you need to act if you are of that race. Just be you.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • renee goudeau

      I agree with you Dave, and I've put my money where my values are. Last year I wrote a novel set in 1922, never dreaming that Halle Berry would open such a wide door for me to talk about it. In it the one-drop law plays a part in blackmail. But the main theme is just what you've said here: people should be judged by whatever criteria they themselves use, not by what the "law" or other people say they have to use.

      If you or anyone else is interested in my novel my website is http://reneegoudeau.webs.com. Thanks.

      February 8, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Lisa

    I'm a White woman, identify myself as a White woman, and am proud to be a White woman!!

    February 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I'm just proud to be me. I just happen to be a white man but neither of those two things has to do with if I am proud of myself or not. There are lots of white men that people are not proud of. It's about how you live your life, not about what package you came in.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mind your own

      As you should be; and to hell with anyone who tries to analyze your every DNA to prove you wrong. You know who you are and you should be proud.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  86. Karam

    "one drop theory" LMAO! some more accepted racism from the other side. Surely the scene in monsters ball made her people proud.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  87. MJ

    It wasn't that long ago when minorities were denied so much because of their race. Children of mixed race were always identified as the minority race unless they could "pass" for white, and then many that could pass would cut ties with family and start anew in another city or state. In todays world race should not matter but in reality race will continue to be controversial for years to come. The past runs deep and is still raw and painful in many areas and families of all races.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  88. marv

    why is this even a story!!!!???? the crayon box melted already! this is just another story about a very hot chick in love! and making us all wish we were there! enough with the race labeling crap already.....halle's about love....nothing to do with color!

    February 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  89. JustWondering

    In the March 2009 issue of Essence, Berry said, "I tried Black men. I tried...I married two black men. You know I tried."
    Sadly (or not), the common denominator in all of these relationships is her. Is this a case of bad luck or bad choices? or is she a psycho who gets her way because of her beauty. I was a fan of Halle but now that her true colors are out...no longer a fan.
    She goes on to say, "I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory." OK, but Berry's mother is white so I guess the only applies when and depending on what magazine she is doing the interview.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      I agree with you completely, her daughter is only 25% black, she needs to face reality.

      February 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  90. ben colo'n

    Mrs. Berry

    Don't be discouraged. You should marry again if that's what you feel in your heart. I lost my wife soledi on 911 in the wtc tragedy. And let me tell you that I miss her very much. I'll proberly never meet another woman like her but, I can get close to it. Just go with your heart.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  91. QuietStormX

    Wow, She still looks good.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  92. David

    This is exactly why segregation worked ! Berry should never have been allowed to conceive with a white man to begin with.It is so disgusting it make s me puke.Her one drop theory is correct,I hope she makes her kid marry a black and stop polluting the gene pools.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  93. brocker

    You have to squint pretty hard to even tell that Halle Berry is black. Her daughter has no black resemblance at all. One drop? Yikes. That's an old white racist term. How contradicting to her argument.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chloe

      She does not look white. That is a joke right. When I tan, she still doesn't look a damn thing like me. Hell no. She does not look white. This is getting ridiculous. DENIAL.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  94. QuietStormX

    Wow, But she still looks good.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  95. D. Paul

    It is amusing that the only time a black person's mixed ancestry becomes an issue is when they are rich and successful in something besides team sports. Tiger Woods suddenly became part Thai (because of his mother) when he dominated a previously all-white sport. Colin Powell's Carribbean roots were emphasized when he became Ronald Reagan's National Security Advisor. One of my British co-workers even argued that Powell was not really a black man ... while he was in office. Then there's the President of the United States. If Barack Obama was still a community organizer stuck in the borroughs of Chicago, he would be simply a black man and his mixed ancestry would not be worthy of note.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Brianw

    Why is that whites are racial and blacks who all hate whites are not racial. I see it all the time, blacks hates whites but they are not considered racial. At my job all the blacks stay in a group and does not associate with the whites and I am sure the whites do not want to assiciate with the blacks are not considered racial. I hear the blacks talking negative about the whties all the time but no one can say anything to them, but the whites are racial if they say anything negative about the blacks.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chloe

      Strange Brian, how you can judge a whole group based on your minuscule interactions at your job. Very strange indeed. Because you have watched every interaction between whites and blacks and now made an analysis of your data? Interesting. Maybe you are just unlikeable? Why does it always have to be about race?

      February 9, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  97. SandraC

    Anyone that has any black in them is considered black. Obama looks black to me. She looks black and will never be considered whtie.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  98. HeidiG

    She looks black to me

    February 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Lori

    She is lying about the father of here daughter. She is the one who is sick in the head. She cannot keep a man for long becasue she looks as if she would be hell to be around

    February 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  100. SoulTrain1943

    I beleevs id da bumpy nippel thery.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Jerrie

    This woman is a mess. If she considers herself black why did she want to have a child with a great lookin WHITE man. Anyone who has any black are never accepted in the white community, so they have to associate with blacks. She and her daughter look black to me. Her daughter will be a messed up person becasue she is being raised by a woman who is out of her mind.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      I can't believe how stupid your comment is. Can't associate with white people because no white person will do so? Are you insane? I'm white, and I have friends of all races; my children are the same. None of us care what color anyone is; I only care if someone is a nice person with a kind and caring personality. What a loser; I probably wouldn't be friends with your white self.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Joe

    It is Ebony Magazaine. Do you think they would be doing an article on her if she was describing how much she feels like a "white" woman.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Funny

    I'm not much of a fan of Halle but all of you riding her because she sees herself as black need to stuff it. She clearly states that since the world saw her as black she identify herself as black. Maybe her mother didn't embrace the white culture growing up, maybe the white folks shunned her growing up and she was accepted by blacks. There is nothing wrong with wanting to make your race proud! Since she sees herself as black its only nature she wants to advance her race. Human race BS is all toooooo funny you guys. We should ignore the thing that is best in all of us variety. Fyi if you identify yourself as black then anything else is outside your race. 🙂

    February 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Del

    We all bleed red, who cares.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  105. trashlady

    Lots of anger on here for something that was created by white racists. It is suspected that up to 75,000,000. so called white
    people have black ancestry in this country. If we followed the one drop rule, which is still written into law in some states, and
    then added in all the black hispanic who desended from the same slaves african americans decended from....African Americans would be the Majority population in this country.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Mar Mar

    Halle, if life was so hard for you to identify with being Bi-Racial, why in hell would you then inflict the same "pain" and uncertainty on your child.. Stop using race as way to "man" up for people to be on your side. Child custody battles, no matter what race are difficult. I think the real issue's here are not about the child, but you trying to portray yourself in the limelight seeking to be a victim. Just be a great Mom to your daughter.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Amanda

    She'll be white next time it suits her agenda. I love that she is using the race card, didn't like her before and still don't. I hope her ex fights her all the way

    February 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  108. David Aaron

    Why should any one care ? With all the world problems . Why should anyone give a God Dam.
    We have service men and women risking there lives for us,These people are real trash, but hollywood pays them
    good money,,,,, YOUR hard earned cash.... when are people going to get it..................

    February 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  109. ps3chick

    I am half black and half white, but my father is not African-American, he is from East Africa and *he* does not identify himself with what we label "African-American". I identify myself as AMERICAN. My skin is "black", and I accept: because this is what I look like, this is how I will be labelled, but this has never stopped me from identifying with whomever I want. I grew up in a town that's primarily Mexican (not just Hispanic, but on the border with Mexico), so I speak Spanish and English and have friends of all races, white, mexican, black, asian, and mixed of other races. I guess I would identify as white, if I had to choose. I don't feel as if I belong to a race, truly. I have such a diverse mixture of different parts that none of them can be reconciled, but that's what makes me exactly who I am. What people choose to see and stereotype is their own problem. That's what I was taught as a child, and what I still believe.
    I make my own future, my own culture, and it's up to me to either move forward or be held back by how someone perceives me. I can waste time wondering if this or that happened because I'm "black", or I can get on with my life and ignore pointless arguments like this that don't help anyone fix the problem. In my opinion, our country's views on race will only change as we have children who grow up encouraged to view themselves as unique, not just as part of a race that they will spend their lives trying to comply with, and have self-image issues for things like having children outside of their "race". Shame on us all for not having compassion on people who feel torn because we have built our lives on race instead of the celebration of our freedom, diversity, and our bright futures.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • David in Corpus

      Wow! A smart well-adjusted person. Good show! I take back my early comment and amend it: I hate everyone but ps3chick. Now don't post again, you will probably say something stupid next (as I often do) and ruin my current and likely false impression of you.

      February 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelmar10

      Great post! Like yourself, are fortunately many others of your generation and younger.
      You are the one's that will change the world, happy to say for the better. Yes, be yourself!
      Look to the future; and do not let those people stuck in the past and their self pity, dictate to you who you should be.
      YOUR PARENTS, ARE AWESOME! For bringing up, such a lovely person:o)

      February 8, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Chi-Girl

    I love Halle! She is GORGEOUS and Nahla is a cutie. Can't wait for her next movie to come out.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Keepin It Real

    You know it is a sad day when people have to keep arguing over the issue of race. I really do like and respect Ms. Halle Berry and we can't say she is ignorant (about her race, etc.) unless you have walked a mile in her shoes. Listen people, here in the good old USA people considered you black if you had a drop of black blood in you (predominately by most white people) during the times and before that when Ms. Berry grew up. Her mother just assisted her in determining what the people of that generation believed what she was. Now, what she decides to allow her daughter Nahla to do is totally up to her and the child's dad. I'm a black woman but have white, indian, and black all in my family. My entire family considers ourselves black end of story. It has just come about recently that on the census forms you can choose to be biracial. I repeat that has just come about people!! As I go into my work place, my kids schools, or anywhere for that matter, society lets me know that I am black. If you don't understand this, then maybe you should talk to some other people of color to answer your questions. None of us know what went on behind closed doors with Halle and Aubry, but they know the truth and will ultimately come out. GO ON HALLE AND DO YOUR THING! TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR BABY AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  112. kalifah

    I think what ever hallie berry Does is her business and everone shouldnt even have a comment about that cause if it was your child you wouldnt care what anyone would think!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  113. lizzy10

    She is free to identify with whoever she pleases. She is not "disrespecting" her mother by identifying more with her dad, that's just how she feels. The "one drop theory" comment is a little out there, maybe she really didn't understand the history behind it.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Tim

    Does she really think people that are black feel "abandoned" as a community by whatever personal choices she makes, or that they think it's important? I really wouldn't care what race of person decided to do with their life. If someone's decent and doesn't cause harm to anyone else, of any race or whatever, who cares what they do? She acts like she represents the black community somehow. She doesn't anymore than anyone else that's black (or half black). She doesn't need to explain or excuse herself either. As for her and her child, I think it's more than a decision she or her child would make, the facts are they are half white and half black (her child maybe more white in this case). This reminds me of the Dave Chappelle skit where the Whites, Blacks and Asians are doing trades to claim some famous person as their own (race). No one should care, and no one in her situation should feel like they have to make some "choice" about it.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Quebecois

    I don't know but if Berry is 50% black and the father is 100% that makes the kid 75% white. In my opinion the child is white. Berry is one crazy lady.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Bexum

    No BooCat unfortunately the caucasion part of me started the one drop ignorance way back and unfortunately it still is believed and pratice today. Like I said look what they call the president. Not bi racial. they call him Black.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |

    I wouldn't want to admit I was white either.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  118. nordicmetalhead

    So tell me, those who consider themselves the "human race" instead of any specific race, when you fill out an application or any kind of form specifying "ethnic origin", what do you enter?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Shelly

    Wow, I never heard of the "One Drop Theory". So how much is one drop? I think I have a little drop of everything, so does that mean i get to pick whichever one I want to identify with, and if so, what is the point?

    February 8, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • morganlafey

      google it. You'll be surprised by the origins of the "one drop" law and the purpose of it.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Urlin

      Pick something and then shut up. No one will argue with you about it.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  120. Chris = Biracial

    Wow. The one drop theory? Really? Plus she lets the world tell her what race to claim. If I cared enough I would pity her. I identify myself as mixed, biracial, and my fav racialy ambiguous. My wife and there fore my son are multiracial. Who is he going to identify with? All of his races. Cause I won`t let him let the world tell him who or what he is.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Are you a bit slow. The one drop rule is still how people of African heritage are viewed in America. From what I recall, Blacks didn't start it, but us Whites don't like it when it isn't used the way we think it should be. It is not like that is not how a lot of people regard race in this country. So what she dug up an old term for it? Call it what you want, but it is the basis for how race is viewed in America. The history behind it is horrible, but it is reality.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  121. Mixed race woman here

    These are actually the most intelligent words to have ever come out of this crazy, overrated woman's mouth.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Josh

    Most African-Americans have some "white" in them. So even if an African-American and a "white" person have a child together, that child is technically "more white" than they are "black", regardless of their physical appearance.

    I just think as a bi-racial person to have to say you're this, or you're that is ridiculous.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  123. mark in nyc

    really? she's suing for custody, slandering her baby daddy and posing like this on the cover? um....i call her the queen of all things hypocritical and nauseating.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  124. maria williford

    We still talking about racial in 2011? whoooo

    February 8, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark in nyc

      WE are not. SHE and others like her are. gotta blame someone else for your own self hatred issues. she must be a republican.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Bexum

    I am of mixed ancestry caucasion,african and native AMERICAN. I embrace all of them like she should and do not believe in that one drop stupidity even though my mother was subjected to it in her home state of MS she taught us about all of our family. Even though one of the times I was in MS and wanted to go over to Chocta Lake and try ad find some of white relatives my mother said don`t because they don`t want to and will not acknowledge you,but it still does not stop her from telling us about her grand father popa Caine. Another thing i like all of you denouncing Ms Barry the next time you hear President Obama being refered to as a Black president.Raise hell then because it is disrespecting his Caucasion Mother,Grand Mother and grand Father who raised him not his Kenyan father he had little to do with him. What a slap and disrespect it is to them to always hear him refered to as Black!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  126. stephanie

    Let me explain something. Most Black people (women especially) are so sick of the white media putting Halle on a pedistal. Honestly, it's like you saying she is only beautiful BECAUSE she's half white. There are SO many and I mean SO many beautiful black women in this country who never get 1/10 the time as this woman does. And they are far more talented. It's really WHITE AMERICA'S obession with being mixed that has made this tragedy of a woman. Black people have lived with mixed folks since slavery. Ain't NOTHING new about somebody having a white mama and black dady. Why do you all fascinate over this SO DAMN much. Halle is borderline crazy trying to fit into the right box. Personally, I'm sick of hearig about her because it really shows how much this country don't accept true black people.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • 75% of Black Women are single

      Mixed women can get ANY guy. Why do you think that full black women in America are single? Yeah, they get knocked up but the man leaves them. Don't be jealous of their beautiful soft features and nice hair.

      February 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  127. IvanLibya

    I can say in all honesty that I was a huge fan of Halle Berry....in Swordfish... 🙂 That's about it. Well, and perhaps Monster's Ball.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Justin Bieber

    Cmon David in Corpus. I don't care if u iz white, black, yellow. All them poop shoots look the same to me. Gay is gay. Let's make some magic happen. Come on out of the closet and we can get busy. You will just love the Biebster!!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Jen

    So, Aubrey is "white and French-Canadian?" This makes it sound like the two are mutually exclusive.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lennox

      Do you think there aren't any blacks in Canada? LOL... do you know where many of the escaped slaves escaped to? Yes, you can be white, but not French-Canadian... and you can be French-Canadian, and not white. Which can make the two mutually exclusive.

      February 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Brandie

    i have a biracial child..and i'm white. i don't think my child has to choose what race she is...shes both..black and white.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Some milk with that...


      February 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chloe

      I don't think anyone is saying that they have to choose. Truthfully society already labels them any how, but if they want to choose, why jump down their throat about it? Let them.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  131. duke

    Now that paranoid white people are afraid that its not cool to be white the one drop theory is no good??
    Halle is Beautiful,don't be mad,if she said I'm white you haters would be slobbing over this artical,
    Just like Barack you hate the side they chose!!
    But you love Clarence Thomas??

    February 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Justin Bieber

    Hey David in Corpus. You seem like a perfectly gay male. Let's hook up and pack some fudge. You and I are gonna have some fun. Let's booze it up and bang it out. Help get those aggressions out of the system. You know u want the Biebster!!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  133. David in Corpus

    You are hot though Halle, very hot indeed. Racist white man time --- where do those good looks come from halle? the white half or the black half?
    Do tell dear girl, do tell your opinions on that!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  134. dee from kc

    I dont think its right that people on here are trying to slam hale for being proud of her heritage...i dont see anyone on here talking about nicole richie the one i never see acknownlege part of her race..she talks about being a proud mother..do u ever hear her say she is proud to be blk and white...no..because i bet u some of you didnt know because she changes her appearance to look 100 percent white....at least i can say halle doesnt change the way she look she....put that on the topic

    February 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lennox

      How do you know what race she is? She's the ADOPTED daughter of Lionel Richie.

      Do you maybe have another example?

      February 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  135. ObamaOut

    Isn't her child 3/4 white??? What an idiot!! Halle herself would not look like she does if she wasn't 1/2 white! She's just trying to win back the support of the black population. Unfortunately for her, I think most of us are sick of this wacko!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rene

      Black is black. She looks black to me and so does her daughter. And not only does she look it she actually is black so there you go. She would know.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  136. David in Corpus

    God I hate you all. It never ends does it. If your white you whine about how much it sucks to be blamed for everything bad. If your black you whine about how much it sucks to be blamed for everything. I've lived my whole life (until recently) feeling guilty about being white and growin up with a stable family only to find out that is nothing to feel bad about. You folks can say that people's impressions define who we are and you would be partially correct. But perceptions are not real, no more real than vampires, but that doesn't stop stupid teenage girls from fantasizing about becoming vampires now does it, know why? Because people are stupid and selfish (me included). I really really hate you all. Someday i will die and I won't have to live around any of you ever again. None of you have a color to me, you are all equally contemptuous and vile human beings, always using each other and takin' advantage of whatever you can to get ahead, thank you Al Sharpton and Newt Gingrich for being such good examples of this.
    EAT ME!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Brian

    lol this country has gone retarded. You can't "decide" what race you are lol. They're a bunch of mutts plain and simple.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • morganlafey

      Agreed! We are what we are.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ameera

      Other people can't decide what race you are, but people can identify with one culture/ethnic group over another. Halle is black because she has the ancestry and her identifies as so.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  138. Fight

    I wonder how her white 'half' feels about her black 'half' not letting her vote or have represenation in this matter. What a travesty. Maybe white 'halfs' should fight for equal opportunity in the disclosure of race. America.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  139. RamblinRose

    Just because someone is physically attractive and skilled at their craft (acting/modelling, in this instance) does not necessarily translate to intelligence. If the above article, in any way, accurately reflects Ms. Berry's mindset or what she may have said, it reflects poorly on her. Someone with her track record in the relationship department may have personal problems that cannot be overlooked 'cause she's hot. And some people just get an eternal hall pass because they are easy on the eyes. Pretty on the inside...not so much on the inside.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Seperate and Un-equal

    Never thougt I would see the day when white folks would get up in arms about somebody admitting they were black. Blacks can't even be black in America without the approval of white folk.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • morganlafey

      Your post actually made me laugh out loud. Too funny! "How dare you say that you are black! You should say that you are white!!" My, how times change!

      February 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emma Knight

      Excellent, I really needed that laugh after reading all of these hostile posts. Thanks

      February 11, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  141. Yeah, Sure...

    If Halle Berry said that she was a proud White Woman., I'm sure there would be more inflammatory and ignorant posts than already on this board.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Mare

    As a mother of a mixed race daughter, we are teaching her to embrace both of her ethnicities and be proud of who she is. The only thing that she or anyone else owes society is to be kind, considerate and tolerant of each other differences. If my daugther rejects one of her ethnic background, this means that we would have failed her. HB's daughter is mixed race and she should not be made to chooose. I think HB needs to think before she opens her mouth...HB had a teachable moment here and she blew it – I understand when she was younger it was harder for a child of mixed race but while this country isn't quite there on the equality of the races as yet – it is alot better than it was 20 years ago...but just for the record Halle, your daughter is only 1/4 black!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • morganlafey

      I was with you all the way to the point where you pointed out that HB's daughter is "only" 1/4 black. It shouldn't matter what the percentage is. Children should be taught to be proud of whatever their ethnic background may be. My daughter is 1/4 black, 1/4 asian, and 1/2 white. I will never tell her that she is "only" such and such. That implies that one race should be ignored because "you aren't really black, you are mostly white. So tell people that you are white since that's how you look." Not good. That creates shame.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chloe

      There is reality and then there is fantasy. When I see biracial black/white I consider them black. And I don't know what is so wrong with black that being considered black would be so horrible. Actually, I just see black/white mixed race Americans as African-Americans, because technically most African-Americans have non-black heritage so it kind of covers any technicalities. Simple, they are African-Americans, and that can mean any wide range of mixture.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  143. MKW

    I dont understand how she can say she is a "black woman" when she is also half white...why cant she just identify with both sides and say she is biracial. Being biracial is a beautiful thing, you have the best of both worlds and should never ignore one side which is HALF of you. You cannot be whole if you are only identifying with one side of yourself!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Beautiful Vixen

    Black or white I wish she would grow her hair already. I'm tired of the short hair. Anyway I don't give a rat's a$$ what she wants to call herself. I'm white, proud and happy with myself and that's all that matters to me. Watch some jack*ss is going to have a problem with my comment because I said I'm white and proud..lol.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Justin Bieber

    The Bieber got his eyes on this chick. I am done with these young immature babes. Halle and I gonna hook up and make some waves. Just wait till u see us on the red carpet. Age don't mean nothin. I am gonna wow her with my moves in the bedroom. She is gonna be putty in my hands!! Signing off for now. -the Biebster

    February 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Lisa

    Can I ask a question? and PLEASE I'm not being a racist – I just don't understand this – how do you live your life any differently as a black woman than a white woman or an asian woman or a native american woman? Seriously, I don't get it? Are we not all human beings? What in her daily life does she do any differently than any of the rest of us "non-blacks"?

    February 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • morganlafey

      I'm with you on that one. I'm biracial and I have no idea what people mean when they ask me what I identify with. I'm just me. I live my life and try to be a good person. I try to raise my children the best that I can. I don't "identify" with anything. I am what I am.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Mike Jefferson

    What a divisive, self-indulgent tool. A nice looking tool, yet still a tool.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mind your own

      Why, because she doesn't define herself the way you like. Who made you the fcking authority on all things related to race? She knows who she is and what you think is irrelevant.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  148. WILLIE G

    GOD., the Father Almighty. said " Love thy neighbor as thy self " If you could find in yourself that these are WORDS TO LIVE by......None of these comments would exist

    February 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Maddy

    How many times have we heard Americans refer to Obama as the first BLACK president. He is Bi-racial. Why is he being refered to as black. I am with Halle on this. You've never walked in her shoes so quit hating.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Beautiful Vixen

    Black or white she should just grow her fr*cken hair already. I'm tired of the short hair. I honestly don't give a rat's a$$ what color she is or want to call herself. All I know is I'm white, proud and I am happy with who I am :)!! Watch some jack*ss is going to have a problem with my comment about being white and proud..lol

    February 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  151. TMMT

    This is stupid. Its also stupid that she feels she is black......like our idiot president. You arent black, you are half black and half white. Doesnt matter how you slice and dice it, you are 100% half black and half white. Since her daughter is 3/4 white and 1/4 black, there is a really good chance she will be "labeled" a white girl. Who cares either way, this race stuff has got to stop. So very annoying. How about labeling yourself as an American. Start with that Halle. Your hot, but most people could probably care less how you "label" yourself.

    February 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • morganlafey

      Hi TMMT, I'm half black and half asian. My mom is asian but everyone identifies me as black (including teachers, census reports, etc.) I don't consider myself anything but a human being. If asked, I will tell him/her what my ethnic background is but I don't "identify" or "not" identify with any one race/ethnic group.

      Halle probably identifies as black because being black is inclusive (anyone can be black including light people/dark people etc.) But being white is usually exclusive (if you have a black parent or black grandparent, you are usually not considered to be white).

      I just wish that we could put the race issue to rest and just see people as people.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |

      Your teacher actually denies that you are half asian? I would beat the living stuffing out of my teacher if she tried to lump me into some category. I am MIXED YOU B****!

      February 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  152. One drop!

    If you add black to any other color it changes.. Let it ponder! One drop! Our blood is that powerful! Whether male our female, it is what it is!

    February 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObamaOut

      Taints it you mean? It's so others can identify....lol...ponder that!

      February 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Anne

    If she believes in the one drop theory, wouldn't that make HER white???

    February 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  154. You people are crazy!

    I'm sure the majority of you are white, which intensifies the need for one to identify themself. Get a life! If you no longer like her because she identifies herself as black woman you never really did. The woman is black, if you didn't know her mom was white, you'd consider her black. Any biracial person mixed with black is consider black whether they identifies themselves as black or not so don't hate because she's stating the facts. And whether you like it or no it's the truth!

    February 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • TMMT

      You are a total and complete idiot if you really believe that. Wow, its amazing how stupid some people are. YOU clearly have a giant chip on your shoulder which is why you say that. People that are half white and half black to not always consider themselves black you moron. Technically you are actually supposed to take your mothers race. So when filling out a questionaire and it asks, What is your race, you must check White if your mother is white. So TECHNICALLY halle Berry and your beloved president are in fact WHITE. Sorry to ruin your day.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  155. jj40

    One Drop Theory??? Ridiculous. Don't we all have one drop of something in us? What about the biracial children who look white?
    I find myself oddly offended by this even though it's none of my business how Halle or her daughter see themselves.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Josh

    I don't understand why Halle or her child have to identify themselves as black or white. Why can't they just be human beings?

    February 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  157. paige

    actually for those of you who say that everybody looks at her and obama as black... i dont. i look at them as ppl. the only time the race issue comes up in coversation with me is if somebody brings it up. oh and by the way you dont have to be black mixed with white or asian or native to be biracial. im german norweigan and chippewa/soiux. guess that makes me biracial.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  158. LOL

    "I believe in the one drop theory"..LOL LOL LOL....what an idiot. Thank God she identifies herself as Black and not White....you guys can have her!! LOL

    February 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Gina

    Advice for Halle:

    CLOESE YOUR LEGS, CLOSE YOUR MOUTH AND CLOSE YOUR LITTLE BLACK BOOK. Most of us are just plain exhausted from living on our lives. Thank you. I would consider it a huge favor.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Playing the race card

    So what do you think would happen to a white celebrity's career if she said "I believe in the one-drop theory"??? We all know she would be bombarded with negative publicity and her career would be over! And actually, if Berry is half white/half black and her daughter's father is all white, wouldn't that make little Nahla 3/4 white? So statistically, why categorize her as black? Halle Berry is really stupid. She's already getting some bad publicity because of the nasty custody battle, then she goes and says this. It won't help her in the court of public opinion. And and actress really needs to give some consideration to that.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • morganlafey

      Someone who is 1/4 black is (or was) considered a "quadroon" and is still considered to be black. Keep in mind that it wasn't until 2010 that mixed people were able to mark more than one category on the Census.

      On a final note, it would be nice to live in a country that no longer sees race. But unfortunately, we aren't there yet.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Mr.B.

    I think its awesome that she referenced the 'One Drop' theory as a positive affirmation. Despite what we think we know of her, I'm sure her choice reflects the treatment that she has received throughout her life. Blacks get labeled as black per their appearance, and if her geanology was not universally know, she would be labeled as a Black Woman. Are we to call Obama, Bob Marley crazy for identifying not only with their appearance but primarily with their treament. America still has a problem with race – and opinions of black persons, even regarding themselves, are not acceptable in the delusional PW society we live. Let Obama identify more-so and call himself white (as he upbriging would largely relate to versus a black experience) and see how America responds.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playing the race card

      How is Obama culturally black? He was raised by white people, in white neighborhoods, attended private, elite schools. My guess is that he has much less in common with the average black American than white people of the same socioeconomic group.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow, you are an idiot!

      So, if a irish kid wears hip hop clothing, speaks a certain way and listens to hip hop music he is black? Wow. I cannot believe how stupid you are. Obama was white okay? He is white AND black but culturally he NOT BLACK AT ALL! Are you freaking kidding me? It makes you black people look so desperate when you say Obama is black! What a bunch of dopes!

      February 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Christie

    The "one drop rule" was created by racist whites. They had so much hatred that they any trace of black blood would be viewed as inferior. It was only fifty years ago that blacks and whites could not legally marry or even eat together. So its not hard to understand why Halle would identify with her skin tone and a race that is accepting. No white person would look at a mixed person and say, there is my white sister.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim from Toledo

      You're right – I would simnply refer to her as my sister, without referring to her race at all......because it does not matter.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Kevin

    Why should she have to pick one?

    February 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DANA

      Exactly! I am multiracial and I call myself that. It is not that difficult, in fact its great! I get compliments all the time on my exotic looks and men from all races come up to me! Its actually not difficult at all to be mixed, that is a lie.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Tim from Toledo

    Not sure why she feels the need to identify herself as a "black woman"......Why not identify yourself as bi-racial and be happy with it? Based on the speech she gave after she won the Oscar a few years ago, I think she prefers to be considered a "black woman" because it makes her success seem more impressive, as though she had to overcome more abstacles.....Frankly, I think it strokes her ego.....
    Also not sure why she sees her daughter, who is 3/4 caucasion, as a "black person"...Why label her at all? She is a person, why does it matter what race she "chooses"?
    I'm sorry, but Ms. Berry strikes me as someone that could use her popularity to take the focus OFF of race (much like President Obama tries to do), and place it more on the person under the skin. She seem to be doing the opposite.....

    February 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  165. GetReal

    One-drop theory? Egads!!! If that's true, then we're all black, including me, a fair-skinned, green-eyed, freckled-faced brunette. I've been passing as white for half a century! Shame on me, I guess. Seriously, I don't think Halle should explain her choice of color, but she needs to be more particular about the character of the men she dates.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  166. nat

    No matter how much that golddigging rent boy Gabriel wants to deny this kid's black heritage she will always be mixed. She doesn't look white; she looks mixed. That's how society judges you–based on your looks.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Alexander Tzamburakis

    I am an immigrant from a third world country(Tanzania)while I love the US,I have realized it is a country that is divided by race,I came from an interesting background and was taught to embrace and be proud of my family regardless of race.In Tanzania we are all human beings and not referred by our race but names.It is sad that I can't be a bad driver but a bad black driver.who cares?peace

    February 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  168. redmonde

    Okay, I'm biracial and didn't have a problem with defining myself. I embrace both culture and is trying to instill that into my child. She contradicted herself in two instances here. She is going to let Nahla (who is a cutie) define herself and she's not going to put a label on her; but turns around and says I see her as black for her mom is black. Then she says she doesn't want to go through the pains of another divorce, but you are willing to subject your child to all of this bickering and fighting to make sure Her father is not to act as her father... I'm confused... wait she's confused... I don't understand this woman...

    February 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simplicity 34

      What is there not to understand? My son is biracial and I'm black. While I consider him to be black, I'm not going to push that down his throat. He may want to identify with his other race, my race or both. Ultimately, it will be his decision. I think that is where Halle stands. As for the custody issue, I really dont care.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shut up Simplicity

      You are a walking contradiction. You have a mixed child and you consider him BLACK? WHY? You stupid self-hating idiot! Teach your child they he/she is mixed and be happy with that! You blacks are more racist than whites I swear.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  169. kia

    All she sayings is that the world decided that she was black so to her she is a black woman. Yeah she's mixed but as soon as she fu##s up y'all be calling her a ni##a! So on that note I pray that her new relationship will be better than the last.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  170. a dog named snooks

    Hey Steph, only your opinion counts? You're a moron!

    February 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  171. nps

    Halle, please just stop talking. She always plays the victim, just like with her new custody battle. Every relationship she has ends badly. What's the common denominator? Her! If she wanted a kid that badly, and to have everything her way, she should have adopted. There are so many children in need.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  172. malsings07

    Louis....everybody has issues what would you do if you were famous? how would you act?

    February 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Denise

    My son, of Black, Italian, with a little German and Jewish thrown in for good measure, descent, read this article with me, and he identifies with all of his heritage, although the Black and Italian moreso. I am of English, German and Scottish descent. My husband is Black. I am scare-me lily white; my husband a nice cherry cola; and our son a nice carmel color, all live together quite harmoneously and identify with all of our parts. I am quite surprised to hear Halle validate the one-drop theory – that's a little disturbing b/c we consider that a very antiquated way of categorizing human beings. We like to celebrate the diversity in us all – the diversity is what makes us all unique and special.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  174. a dog named snooks

    why would her mother care that she identifies with the black race! She's a nugget lover.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Carmella M

    I wonder how her mother feels about all that...how ironic

    February 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  176. malsings07

    Not to worry I'm half black and half mexican and I'm fine with it I identify with being mixed people talk about all races the best thing about being mixed is that 99% of the time you will draw attention because people will notice you, usually attractive it's great you don't look like everybody else!!

    February 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • redmonde

      Very true... I get stared at a lot, shoot I stare and try to figure other biracial people out....LOL...

      We are quite different 🙂 I love it.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Mary

    She is fault and wants his baby.... Do not blame him...

    February 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Steph

    Black or white, who cares? I like Halle, but according to that one-drop theory, she is white (since her mother is white...) The truth is, it should not matter...America seems to have this problem that even if someone is 1/16th black, then they are automatically African-American, regardless of their phenotype...For everyone's sake, let's not publish race-related stories or opinions on here!!

    February 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  179. M Lynnet

    considering the "racial rants" Ive seen on this site...are you surprised White people that mixed race people are still having this conversation.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |

    Did she really say that the one drop lie is something she believes in? Does she even know that it implies that if you are TAINTED with black then you have to be fully black? What a complete MORON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is fricking biracial herself and saying that she IDENTIFIES with something does not make it so. What a self-hating idiot. She is setting back this country's already ignorance when it comes to accepting biracial and multiracial people. There are MILLIONS of us and this dolt said this about herself.. and her child? Her child is barely black !! What a complete idiot. OMG

    February 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  181. gwestdallas

    If she wasn't a famous actress and you saw her walking with her daughter down any street in American,99 out of 100 of you would say she was Black. And you all know this.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ObamaOut

      No, actually, I would say she has some white as well. Her features are white.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  182. rico

    I have never seen obama as US black or US white cause he looks like he is from Kenya, his place of birth

    February 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  183. louis

    Now Now Ms. Hit and Run Halle Berry. We see you hiding in them bushes, cowering from taking responsibility for your actions. Oscar or not, me and my fellow crew members who worked "around" you on that feline film we should all be embarrassed about know the truth about you and your kid glove ways. This woman is not stable and I speak that truth from personal working experience.

    Halle Berry is a NNL (Not Nice Lady)

    February 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  184. gizmo

    Just more racist ramblings from a racist magazine in a racist country. Give Halle credit because she heard all kinds of racist things growing up ina black community, the furnace of racism.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simplicity 34

      The black community is the furnace of racism? You are truly a fool..

      February 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jace

      Since so many people, to include biracials themselves, are clamoring to re-write history and now want to separate biracials from the "black" group, what is the new racial categorization for us regular old blacks who, ostensibly, are lighter than or as light as Halle with similar or even more aquiline features and so-called "good hair" but have two "black parents" of various shades of black? And, what about the pitch black African American that appears to have no "white" genes but has a light skin mother and a darker skin father? Should he be excluded from this new categorization because he "does not look the part?"

      Halle's coloring and features are not unique to the black community. It is only because we know that she is the product of an interracial union, that both races want to be acknowledged by her. If you listened to Halle's racial history, she was ostracized and villifed by some because she lived in an area and attended schools with a dearth of people who looked like her. She even credited an African American teacher for providing mentorship and moral support to her at that time.

      So, for everyone who wants her to categorize her self as biracial, would you be just as adamant and welcoming of the overwhelming majority of black people in this country with white genes who lack the interest, the will or geneaological confirmation to prove it? Some how, I don't think so!!!

      Race still matters in this country and it always will. That is why people love those who look more "mainstream" and those that do have and will use this to their advantage. Halle is the ultimate "tragic mulatto." She is torn between two worlds and wishes that she did not have to make a choice. To her, the choice was made for her based on her outward appearance. She has played the interracial card so well that she has reached the pinnacle of Hollywood success and took home the coveted Oscar as a "black first." But, again that is nothing new since many of the coveted "black firsts" were biracials or of multiracial ancestry.

      All praises to the "tragic mulatto" – loved and coveted by blacks, elevated and used by whites to drive a wedge between blacks and to utilize the "token strategy" and now fast forward to 2011 and we act like it is a new day.

      Dream On.

      February 9, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  185. M Lynnet

    Many people of Caucasian ancestry don't understand this topic and its relevance to those that consider themself Black. Most African-American have at least "one drop" in them thereby can classify themself as mixed race. Most will say "massa was slippin in the cabin at night". Race is more relevat to one when you arent the advantaged party. You tend to notice it more because its either brought up more or your reminded of it constantly. What Halle (and Nahla) for that matter choose to call or identify themself as is their business. Im a mixed race person. I identify as African-American as well. Im conformtable with it. History has pointed to the fact that many Whites belittled Blacks to the point that we hated ourself therefore "self hatred" amondst Blacks was born. It created a longing in us to get as far away from our ancestry as possible. We sought to look White by chemically processing our hair, purchasing contacts to change our eye color, having children with White or other raced people to "water down" our blood. There has been a movement to change that and move back to Black pride so many of us rather than pointing out our Whiteness now point out our Blackness very proudly. Show some regard for this topic if you are White. You may not be able to understand it but believe me...what you don't unsderstand is a daily topic amongst Blacks as we attempt to recapture our ethnic pride. Thanks Halle...you may not be lucky in love but that has very little to do with your race and more to do with your personality and who you have choosen as a partner.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Lynnet

      Hmmm...ok thats nice. Now help yourself and forget pseudo intelligencia crap-ola as its worth about 2 *POOT*s.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetReal

      I realize it's a big deal to black people how they define themselves. Unfortunately, Halle grew up with a lot of self-hatred and is still dealing with it, as gorgeous and successful as she is. She's dealing with the stupidity and ignorance of a lot of people, all colors. I feel sorry for her, and I wish she'd just tell everyone to stuff it.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  186. morganlafey

    I understand why when people assumed that she was 100% black, she didn't correct them or walk around saying, "I look black but I'm actually mixed." It's not as if she hid the fact that she was mixed. The problem that I have is how much stock she seems to put into race. Saying that she "identifies" as a race and that her daughter's race is her own "choice." What does that mean? If her daughter says that she is black, does that mean that she listens to a certain type of music, uses a certain vernacular, and dates a certain kind of guy? If she says that she is white, does that mean that she hangs out with certain people and wear certain clothes? I hope that one day, skin color will be like hair color and not determine how you are viewed, who you can date, etc.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Lynnet

      and again this topic has far less relevance tothe advantaged race...White people have been able to afford to ignore the race questions...not so for Blacks....if a Black is around truly Afro-centric concious Blacks then this topic is bound to come up and has relevance ones entire life......Many mixed race kids grow up with "what are you" being the pre-dominate question....it is what it is.....don't ignore us, embrace us and understand that the only reason Blacks have placed so much emphasis on it is because so many Whites won't let us forget it....you may not predicate the ignorance yourself but believe me theres a white man, woman or child down the block that makes up for what you dont resound!

      February 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  187. M S

    It's amazing some of the comments posted here. I'm a black man and my great grandfather was white and native American. Guess what I'm black. What most races fail to realize about African Americans is that non of us are all African anymore thanks to slavery. That's why we come in all shades no one looking at me would say I'm mixed. Now Halle President Obama and many others aren't moved by this reclassification of what it means to be black they just look in the mirror.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • random dog

      Mr. Obama is as much Irish as he is Kenyan. Not too many irish groups celebrated his victory. Sad how divided society is.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Simplicity 34

    All of you are stupid. A long time ago in an interview, Halle stated that as a child, her mother told her that society would only look upon her as a BLACK WOMAN although she is biracial. It's true! How many of you think of Obama as a biracial man? NONE OF YOU! You all think of him as a black man. What makes her psycho? The fact that she identifies herself as being black? What a bunch of bigots and self hating mixed people. Get a clue then a life!

    February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      She's the bigot for denying her heritage and her daughter's white heritage and because you agree with her, that makes you a bigot too. If she was soooo concerned with having a daughter who is black, then what is she doing with a white man and having a child with him?

      February 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simplicity 34

      Bigot? Me? Stfu! Your argument is baseless! As a child no one accepted her white side so it's only natural for her to fully identify with her black roots! They were more accepting of her! As for her daughter, I dont care about that issue. I care about the disparaging remarks you are making because she considers herself black.

      Btw, the one drop rule came from whites NOT blacks!

      February 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |

      You are a complete moron. So, you should cater to what bigots think of you? Should all black people stay in the ghetto and not educate yourself because that is what bigots may think of you? SCREW WHAT THEY THINK! She needs to have the balls to admit that she is mixed. I Bet you black people would be up in arms if she said she considers herself WHITE. Black people have become more racist than ever before. Pathetic.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simplicity 34 is a MORON

      I bet you are a black woman aren't you? Don't you see how racist and ignorant you are? If you had a child with a chinese man, and your child only called herself chinese.. how would you feel? How would you feel that she denied YOU being a part of HER? Oh I see.. black people cant be racist right? WRONG. It makes you look PATHETIC to claim mixed girls that have black in them as fully black. She is half white end of story. Oh and guess what, I am mixed and that whole idea of being accepted is BULLS***! I have no problems whatsoever finding friends. That is a BS lie made up to make you bigots feel comfortable with claiming mixed people. You are pathetic.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  189. jessi

    Come on now people. Halle clearly looks black. If she was strutting around town saying that she'd rather people referring to her as a white woman, don't you think people would make a big deal about that? Let's be fair to her. Millions or bi-racial people feel this way. People tend to grasp onto the race they most likely resemble. Halle looks more black so she's sticking more towards the black side. I'm sure her mom understands.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |

      No moron, most mixed people gladly call ourselves just that MIXED. Get it right. I don't know where you are getting this MISinformation but you are dead wrong. You can tell by looking at her slim nose, naturally wavy hair, and softer features in general that she is biracial. The ONLY reason why you think she is fully black is because the media has BRAINWASHED you into thinking that by lumping people that are half black into being fully black. They always put the black guy in the commercial with a mixed girl. Don't kid yourself. Watch next time and see. I have seen this for DECADES. Congratulations on being a brainwashed racist idiot.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  190. boocat

    This article convinced me that Halle Berry is a head case extraordinaire. She should have gone to a sperm bank if she's that concerned about her offspring being black. And using her same stupid "logic" she has one drop of white blood in her....guess that makes her white. I feel sorry for her WHITE mother.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • morganlafey

      Actually, it was her white mother who told her (when she was a little girl) that she was black and that was how our society would view her.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Marina

    I get Halle's point. My response to you haters is you have to walk in our shoes to understand the complexities of being bi-racial in America.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marina? LMAO

      maybe you're so confused due to your name. A marina is where one stores or parks a boat. Be glad you arent known as Latrina.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Seriously, Halle?

    I dont agree with Halle Berry has said at all. Being biracial myself,Asian and Black, i never and will never say i identify with one or the other race.. I am BOTH. How can one say ""I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory" just doesnt make sense in my head. How do you feel black? please explain to me how one can feel black.. and one drop theory?? really?? If i was her, I'd be embarassed.. they should have people proofreading these interviews lol

    February 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Lynnet

      Its becasue your Asian and Black...not White and Black. The white/black history in the US is much more volitile than that of the Asian/Black.....not the same thereby a different argument by a priviledged person that never had to deal with "mixed". Im mixed race (black/white)...you are??????? In America...whatever you look like!

      February 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Shani

    Give me a break in the US one drop equals BLACK she is speaking the truth get over it

    February 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Yeah – who decided that? A bunch of black people??? If she has one drop of white blood, using your/her same stupid logic, that makes her white. What it comes down to is this – her comment makes her look stupid and you look stupider. How's that?

      February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shani

      Mixed ppl are beautiful as are All ppl ao all races but realistically in the US they are seen as black. Go ask a cop if President Obama or Halle is black...they are only white in your "foofoo" world...any yes they are mixed but how are they seen?

      February 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shani

      Mixed ppl are beautiful as are All ppl all races but realistically in the US they are seen as black. Go ask a cop if President Obama or Halle is black...they are only white in your "foofoo" world...and yes they are mixed but how are they seen? be real

      February 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  194. brownee

    Wow..I see we have the 2011 Hater Convention going on here. This is an article in Ebony magazine, first of all, so it isn't like she is shouting this from the rooftops or making statements that were not more than likely asked of her by the interviewer. I love the fact that – depending on who it is – people love to take credit for or not take credit for certain people and apply racial labels to them. Halle Berry is half white and half black, but Obama is just black even though they have the same thing going on (white mom, black dad). You cannot pick and choose. Since when do ANY biracial people get identified as white by anyone? It doesn't happen. You guys are really over the top with the jealousy and hate today.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Esoteric

    There are numerous studies that render the concept of race as a bogus construct. Why are people still stuck on stupid?

    February 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shani

      b/c we live in the real world where race does matter pretend it doesn't but it does in every country in the world

      February 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Esoteric

      It's amazing how only 3 out the billions of letters in the human genome causes so much strife in the world. Wake up people, you are asleep at the wheel. Emancipate your minds.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Realist

    Halle said she identifies herself as black because that is what people see. If you didn't know she was bi-racial then you wouldn't be able to tell. Seh didn't say she denied being bi-racial. Her mother, as a white woman who had a black child in the 60's, knows that is how her OWN white family and peers identified Halle. Only a pollyanna would believe that the world is colorblind! The issue is NOT color it is how people deal with you based on your color! As a black woman of african, native american, and irish descent I do not judge people's merit based on color but their actions!! If you make a choice to have children of mixed races you should be emotionally prepared to raise them with enough self-steem so they don't turn into emotional wrecks because they don't know where they "belong".

    February 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • You are an IDIOT and a disgrace

      'her white mother gave birth to a black child'

      Are you hearing yourself? She gave birth to a MIXED CHILD you stupid pr ick! You and her are both disgraces to mixed people. I readily call myself multiracial because that is what the freak I am !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is wrong with you? Are you really this stupid? It shows how ignorant and truly racist alot of black people are because they have no problems claiming mixed people even thoug it DEFIES LOGIC yet if the Halle Berry said she 'identifies' as white, black people would flip the freak out! She is HALF WHITE HALF WHITE HALF WHITE ..end of story. Her child is multiracial. Why don't you grow a pair and admit that you are mixed you bigoted loser.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |

      Ok ima throw this out here... Fact, the black man is the original man. Two black people can make any shade of child, two white cannot. Darker skin is dominant, lighter skin is recessive. In essence all white people came from black ancestors. Evolution and adaptation to environment is why we look different. And this my burst your bubble but Jesus was black also. He sure wasn't that blond haired blue eyed dude painted in your church. Fact!

      February 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Barbara

    W O W. I always suspected she may be a bit psycho, but this proves it. This must make her mom so proud for her daughter to basically completely deny her. The dad took off but her mom raised her and this is the thanks she gets. And the "one drop" theory. I'm stunned. She has committed career suicide.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Cole

    Not good response by Halle! I'm sure the Interviewer was pretty confused!I'm pretty sure“BI-RATIAL”covers one from two cultures. My sons are bi-racial i.e. Lakota,French,Jewish and German sooo Iam Lakota N hubby is Jewish but! His Ancesters R of thoes cultures. I will still purchase ur parfume!

    February 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Meh

    You just KNOW that has to be tasty...all she needs to do is stay quiet apparently

    February 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Brian

    The Woman is clearly conflicted. If Halle wasn't so beautiful no one would care less about Her.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  201. D F Matthews

    Appalled that Ms Berry attribute the racist one drop rule She is biracial and Nahla is a beautiful baby with a biracial mom and white dad and hopefully she jusy be a beautiful loved human being Halle grow up your white mom raised you love her you were lucky trust me

    February 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  202. AmericanGrrrl

    I am bi-racial and identify as mixed. My sister identifies as Black. We did not grow up together and I that know her decision was strongly influenced by the adults who raised her (as was mine). How Halle Berry chooses to identify racially is her perogative, but her daughter should have a choice. She claims her daughter will have that choice when she gets older, but labelling the kid's dad a racist and screaming from the pages of Ebony magazine that she's a Black woman does not a level playing field make. I'm honestly disgusted by Ms Berry's behavior at this point and my choice is to never support anything else she's involved with.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  203. MsMc

    All of a sudden white people identify mixed people as... what? White? Mixed? Get over yourselves. How many of you identify Obama as mixed? You all think of him as a black man. She's right. You begin to identify yourself from birth the way people categorize you. It's a sad truth. I'm a mixed woman – all my life. You put me in a category with a group that ACCEPTS me and I'm proud to be black and to represent black people positively. One more reminder, when Tiger Woods decided not to play into the race debate, he was vilified for it by all races!!

    February 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • G Gordon Liddy

      We call them mulattos where I come from.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      And they can be hot as hell too – Im a big fan myself, but I find beauty in all corners of the planet

      February 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Lynnet

      right on! -from another mixed chick

      February 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      I think most people see him as mixed, thats why he was elected president. Black people see him as black. I see him as white. whos right? Has anyone ever tried to image search his parents. Its not very easy to find a picture.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Nice post. You bring up some very good points, food for thought for some of us who just don't get it (at least, for those of us prone to thinking). Wouldn't it be nice if it just didn't matter? Perhaps that's something to look forward to, even to work towards.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim from Toledo

      Personally I am a "caucasion man", and I view Obama as the President, with no regard to his race – because it doesn't matter. I would do the same with Halle Berry, but she chooses to insist that she is black, as do you apparently.
      I like people based on their personality, their character, and their decency. I don't care if you are black, white, yellow, albino, or green...and frankly, I think most people feel the same way.
      Yes – there are still a lot of idiots out there that can't look past the color of a person's skin, but as time goes on, they will be vilified and exposed for their ignorance.
      In my opinion, if you are of a so-called "mixed" origin, you are the trendsetters for the future. I'm guessing that in a couple hundred years, races will be difficult to differentiate......

      February 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  204. citizenUSA

    Don't cleberties know by know that with few exceptions, that marrying each other ususally doesn't work? Like when she was with David Justice. Don't you think there were plenty of women who just wanted him but some may also have had the mindset that she might be able to sway him away from Halle? What street creds would you get for that? When one is up the other is down or both are up or both are down. When one or both are up, they hardly see each other always off for something relating to their careers. If they're both down they don't want to see each other. Nowdays when you hear about celeberties breaking up, the next romance is usually with an unknown, (except for guys, (I think some thrive on controversy). And Halle, the pain and heartache from just breaking up with someone you're not married to can be as strong.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Victor

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

    The one-drop rule is a historical colloquial term in the United States for the social classification as black of individuals with any African ancestry; it is an example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status.[1] The one-drop rule was put into law in the twentieth century, for instance in Virginia under the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 (following the passage of similar laws in numerous other states). Despite the strictures of slavery, in the antebellum years free people could have up to one-eighth to one-quarter African ancestry (depending on the state) and be considered legally white.[2] Community acceptance, carrying out community responsibilities, and appearance were often the most important factors if a person's racial status were questioned.

    This is a blatantly stupid rule made up by people who still want to separate human beings according to the color of their skin. Black, white, red, brown, yellow. It doesn't matter what pigmentation your skin has, what matters is that you are a member of the human race. We are all one same species, but we still try to dfferentiate according to race or color. Why must we be so stupid????

    For shame Halle.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  206. kathy

    My grand daughter is a beautiful. baby. People literally stop and stare at her in public.
    But I can't help, but feel sorry for her, because she is half black and half Mexican; and both races are looked
    down upon by SOME...NOT all; in America.
    I worry about her as an adult, how she will handle racism
    I set in my office and listen to all the Mexican jokes they tell; co-workers forgetting that my grand daughter is Mexican,
    because I am black.
    I can't help but wonder what they say about blacks, when I am not in the office.
    I understand what Halle Berry is saying....but she has to learn that she can't make EVERYONE accept her.
    Although she is beautiful, she will have a life long struggle to feel that way inside and that is sad.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  207. holly

    Disgusting how she goes from man to man. Get some self-respect.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      Double standard. Why is it that when an attractive, healthy woman "goes from man to man" it's disgusting? No one seems to make the same comments about attractive men who go from woman to woman.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  208. @ Mike

    So you are saying she is not only dumb but also stupid? I agree! And I think she is TRASH.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Misty

      You're trash, and probably white trash at that....

      February 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      So, Misty, are you less of a racist than any white person you are slinging insults at? JKust sayin'... you don't exactly sound like someone without issues.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      I meant Just, not JKust.....

      February 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Misty

    She can say whatever she wants. How she feels is how she feels. She's successful so she can't be too dumb and anyone who has something negative to say about her MUST have issues with themselves....PAALEEASE...jealousy gets you no where real fast kids!!! LOL

    February 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      What is with you? Just because people bash this dimwit's comments it makes us "haters." I'll tell you what I hate – people like you that make assumptions about other people that because they disagree with you are immediately "haters." Grow up and stop whining!!!!!

      February 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Misty

      Did I say "hater" ANYWHERE in my comment? Ok, didn't think so dumb dumb!!! And besides that what are you doing right now?? The same thing!!! I can just imagine what you look like and what race you are...go back to LOSERVILLE....loser!!!! LOL

      February 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim from Toledo

      Did you really imply that all successful people are at least somewhat smart??
      I could easily list 50 "successful" people that are as dumb as a rock......Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Half of the NBA, NFL, and MLB......it would be easy to continue.
      Money and fame do not always equal intelligance. In many cases, it means you have big boobs and a pretty face, or you can run fast and jump high.......Please don't kid yourself.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Mike

    Wow, thanks for that riveting story of how you might marry against someday! The suspense was killing me!

    You see, this is the problem with hot chicks: they get so used to guys pretending to listen to their vapid, inane ideas in order to get some that they start thinking everything they say is brilliant and fascinating.

    Let's face it, Halle Berry could be describing her plan to harvest my organs and sell them on the Chinese black market, and I'd probably just nod and smile and occasionally say "wow, that's so interesting!" while trying to get a better look at her chest.

    If Halle Berry looked like that chick from Precious, somehow I doubt anyone would be listening to her oh-so-stimulating tale of how she learned to love herself.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      @Mike..... I am at work cracking up. LMAO. The reference to the chick from Precious is spot on. I am still cracking up.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Mike

    Did Halle contradict herself? Yes she did. If she applied her drop down theory to herself she would consider herself white. Get it straight Halle.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • lunar

      What? No, the "drop down" theory is if you have a DROP of african american blood, then you are considered black. How would she be considered white?

      February 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  212. chris

    Ok so she felt the need to explain why she had a child by a man of a different race? Do black people fail to see this for what it is, proof that racism is prevalent in their community? or do they even care?

    February 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |

      Of course we do. Racism goes on in all communities and to pretend as if whites are the only people to hold such bias views would be ignorant. I will say this though ... in the span of history it was not long ago when crosses were being burned and water fountains segregated these bi-racial adults and children would have been referred to as n's. Its amusing to me when people try to ignore the reality of recent history and pretend that we live in a post racial nation. I am a blue collar machinist in Cincinnati. I am also a black man and u wouldn't believe some of the comments I hear and subliminal racist speech that goes on at my workplace. The watermelon and 40's jokes, u people statements, "can't believe my daughter's dating a colored guy" discussions. It's frustrating to deal with but I gotta play the game, bills don't pay themselves. Its gotten worse since the election of our president by the way. One last thing while I'm thinking about it..naah too deep get into that in another conversation

      February 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky

      "Iluveverybody", I'm one person who is worn out with talk about how crosses used to be burned or someone said something, and all white people being lumped into a bag of racist twits. I've raised a houseful of kids to be non-racists and after doing geneological research, have found that no one in my family had slaves, so, what would it take for you to accept me as a decent human being and not assuming from the moment we met that I was a racist? Honestly, for some people of any color, it just never, ever stops. There needs to be a time when history is history, and not the way we view everyone we meet. If Michael Vick can get the key to the city of Dallas because he is such an example for young kids and a "hero", what in the world are you complaining about? This whole race discussion is an amazing bunch of idiocy. The people who keep this up are people who don't even want to try to have a real life and certainly don't want to try to give their children one.

      Halle Berry is trying to keep her daughter away from a very attentive father because, like some women, she thinks the child is hers and hers only. Ridiculous, he has been there 100% from day one, and she only came out with this crap when she started dating someone else. Pathetic, period, I don't care what color anyone is.

      February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emma Knight

      Marky, Did you not read ILUVEVERYBODY statement? Racism is NOT HISTORY he still has to live with it at work, daily. Thank-you for raising a non-racist family that is good you are doing your part. But, when you refuse to acknowledge that racism is still very prevalent, that is called denial. We all want this to be over, we all want to go to work without racist slurs, we all want our kids to have better things to worry about than their skin color. But our society is just not there yet and expecting non-white people to shut up about their experiences because you are tired or hearing it is just not going to get us there. ILUVEVERYBODY is correct it has actually gotten worse since the election of Obama. It is as if the dam has broken and all of the silent, hidden sentiments are poring out. If you feel frustrated by the noise, imagine how frustrating it is for the people who's daily lives are actually negatively effected by it.

      February 11, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  213. Jess

    "outside of her race"...um Halle, you are BI-racial. And, apparently, an idiot.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  214. baby daddy

    This woman is BatSHYT crazy...just sit back and watch.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  215. DDSilks

    Go where you will, to the uttermost part
    of Earth. You will find that each man has a heart.
    No matter what tongue or the color of skin,
    it's the wame kind of heart that is beating within.
    The same kind of heart feels the swordthrust of sorrow.
    The same kind of heart bursts new hope for tomorrow.
    All people will glisten in multiple fashion
    and feel the same pain, and the sorrow, the passion.
    So, go where you will, to the uttermost part
    of Earth. You will find that each man has a heart.
    And the language of heartbeats to all hearts is known–
    to yours an to mine, for no heart beats alone.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  216. s

    It's 2011 and we are still having a discussion about race. Will this ever end? Race is a social construct; something that has meaning only because the society gives it meaning. We are all human period.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  217. NDK

    Halle Berry has just confirmed what a twit she is. One black parent and one white parent does not a black person make. She's totally ignoring half of who she is when she says she's black. And to say her daughter is black when she is 3 parts white and 1 part black just shows that she doesn't understand basic math. Can someone please teach this woman some sense.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • denise

      If you didn't know she had a white mother you would look at her as black. People see her as black because she does not look white. You can thank the Jim Crow laws for that. If she lived back in those time during the civil rights era she would only be allowed to use the colored folks bathroom, water fountain and give up her seat for a white person on public transit. You will never ever understand this.

      February 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  218. It's her kid

    It's her kid so she can call her whatever she likes race or otherwise. I'm sure her mom didn't correct her in going thru life as a black person so maybe her mom has issues with her own white upbringings. We call our kids other names fat, cross eye, crazy, lazy, and some other stuff I don't care to mention. So don't worry about Berry's kid it's her kid o and the guy who probably like most dads rarely spend time with the kid anyways. Nothing like motherly love! geesh!

    February 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Gibson42

    ... I am a black woman ... my race ... If you flipped all references to white, this artical would be considered racist. Why are minorities always bring up this? And as far a the one drop theory, I guess that makes about 99% on americans black! My skini is as white as it gets, but know that I have german, english, native american and african blood in me. I am an AMERICAN. As long as we continue to divide ourselves, we will never be ONE NATION.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • M Lynnet

      Honey....we will never be one nation...that a fairy tale world....We are a mixed nation...the only country in the world beside Canada that can claim melting pot status...rather than "muttanizing" us why not celebrate our differences. God knows I love me some Italian and Chinese food. I don't want y'all to go NOWHERE...stay Italian and stay Chinese......Caucasian and Asian....your beautiful the way you are.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • RM

      To M Lynnet:
      "(....) We are a mixed nation...the only country in the world beside Canada that can claim melting pot status (...)"
      You are such a ignorant!... And what about Brazil? And Cuba? You americans really have to travel more and see the world...

      February 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      @ M Lynett – Canada is not a melting pot – it is a country with seperate and distinct societies. Here Chinese communities, Native, East Indian, Phillippino etc all stay together – its called collective barganning -and let me tell you it is terrible. In the greater Metropolitan Vancouver Area there are 2.2 million people, and over half are persons whos first language is not english. We have created a country where people cannot talk to each other, there is no sense of community whatsoever. We value immigrants more than we value the people who bulit the country.

      February 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Gibson – how can almost all Americans be black? I know my family came from Russia and Hungary in the late 1800s – early 1900s – there were no blacks in those countries – since then, there has been no mixing of races in our family. I know tons of Americans who can say the same – families came from Europe where there were no blacks (especially Scandanavian countries) and have been here, not having mixed babies, ever since.

      February 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Keith

    The only thing going for her is that she is gorgeous. That's whats gotten her to where she is.
    Hi gorgeous!!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  221. DDSilks

    What should she have to say? Isn't she the product of an interracial marriage? Who says that a half black/half white person is labelled BLACK?
    We are all one race–the human race. A person's color should not dictate who they are, how they should act, or what roles they have to play in life.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say What

      DDsilks.... She is labeled black.. If she never said she was interracial, everyone would look at her skin colour and say she is black... I am not saying that it is right, but that is how people in society will catagorize her. You are right, a persons skin colour should not dictate who they are but you and I know that it does... I think she was fair in the article. If she chooses to identify herself as black then good for her, if she identified with white, I am sure that people would think she is nuts... I also think it is good that she is going to let her daughter decide for herself....

      February 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Courtney

      I totally agree with SayWhat. You must realise the woman appears to be black, I've seen her in the mall, she looked like a black woman. She doesn't really have a choice, much like the president but to identify as black.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  222. FRAN

    But she is not Black she is Black and White? Thought that was a slap in the face to her mother.
    Not a big fan of Barry after this article.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • denise

      Yeah....but she looks more black then white. People see her has black and not white. Remember when she won the oscar for best actress? Do you remember when someone hacked her fansite web page and wrote KKK all over it and called her the N word! That is why she calls herself a black woman.

      February 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  223. mercedes

    Amazing how she doesn't see color but feels the need to identify with a specific race. How about just admitting you are human? We are all humans? By making a "choice" you divide yourself.. What an idiot.

    February 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      That was the bizarre thing about her quotes. In one aspect she's stating she's "colorless" but then she immediately mentions shes "bi-racial" or "black" or "white" in the following sentence. She sounds confused.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Lez in waiting

    Just watch...sooner then later she will come out and announce here attraction to fems...guaranteed. This Bytch is too crazy not to go G A Y!

    February 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Wonderin

      So, you're saying lezzes are all crazy bytches? You must be a man.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  225. figureIt

    ..there is only one RACE.. the human race. You are talking about ethnicity which is altogether different. We'd be alot better off in this world if people didn't feel the need to label themselves or others by skin color.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soldier Of Truth!

      I totally Concur!! Excellent point!

      February 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan


      When will we learn to look at people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. That was MLK's message that has been infinitely lost by these pariah figures looking to make big bucks off of race.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mi Corazon

      I am white, but mi corazon es latina. I identify with a culture other than my own (a culture that has many verying skin tones). If she chooses to identify with a specific culture then that is great. But the color of a person's skin has nothing to do with that. To identify oneself with a group of people based on skin color is not possible, there are many cultures and lifestyles that share skin colors and tones. By identifying herself with "black women" is she identifying herself with a tribal woman in Africa or is it now fashionable to associate with black women like Michelle Obama? Or should she really just accept herself as a product of different skin colors, and identify herself with a culture of talented beautiful successful women?... And teach her daughter that people that only see skin color as an identifier are not worth the explaination.

      February 10, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • jennabear

      i'm a little over a quarter native american. my mother is half–in that both of her parents were half native american. she has pale skin and blue eyes and blonde hair, whereas i have olive skin and blue eyes and dark hair. all in all, looking at me you'll say "she is white."

      but that's only PART of the story. i'm both native american and white of european descent. on official paperwork i tend to only indicate the white oval because i look white and it feels disingenuous to say I'm native because I haven't had to endure all of the struggles and the poverty and so on. however, i FEEL in my heart that i'm both european and indian. i'm proud of both sides of my heritage but I identify as a white person.

      maybe halle's daughter will feel similarly. i hope she does, because with a rich mixture of heritage, she's got a lot to be proud of.

      February 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Starlos

      All of you.. Do "labels" define who you are ? Skin and skin colors are only labels... there is no way you can date "outside" of your race BECAUSE THERE IS KNOWN. regardless of how any of you feel about Halle... the fact is that none of us know her personally. She's beautiful and she's rich...shes sucessful as far as "society's standards" Black White etc. you can not put the colors of the world on skin it doesnt exist No one is 25% this that that doesnt even make sense really think about it THINK!! . If you believe in the bible or even if you don't ....no where it mentions black white or RACE ANYWHERE. Color is something made up by some extremists way back when just so you can be identified in society. it doesnt define you or where you came from... so stop acting like it...just be a good person and be good to other people. So what that Halle calls herself what she calls herself ?? She can because... well she can... She's rich she's beautiful and so is Nahla

      February 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  226. kwazegirl

    How can she make a comment that she is dating "outside" her race when she herself is bi-racial. When she dates a black or white guy she is not out of her race or culture. Date a mexican or latino then say you are out of your race?????? This proves that she does not have a very intellectual mind just as I thought. And we wonder why she cannot keep a relationship. My daughters are bi-racial I am white and their father is black. If they ever say to me they are dating "outside" their race when dating a white man I will be upset. I do let teach them that the world sees them as black women but they are also white. They learn and accept both sides of their history and culture and they say they are bi-racial. Please Holly learn better you are a disgrace saying that to your mother and other bi-racial children.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Halle mother should be ashamed

      Halle if this guy was such a racist...why you have a child with him...in my dealings with people the ones yelling racism are the biggest racists...I feel sorry for baby

      February 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debra

      Kwazegirl – just because you are the mother of bi-racial children that doesn't mean you get it! When people see you they see a white woman – THAT'S ALL. Just by looking at you no one would know that you have bi-racial children or a black significant other unless they people see you with them. You have no idea what's it like to be treated differently because of your color but I can guarantee you that your children will. So until you've walked a mile in someone shoes and know what it's like to be any thing other but white you might want to shut up. The one drop rule is all I ever heard as a child growing up. My mother was Italian and my father was mixed. His mother was Native American and his father was Creole (Black, Indian and French). My father's complexion was very light enough so that he could pass but he never did or tried. He was very proud of being a black man (that's what's on his birth certificate born in 1920). I relate to my black side than anything else (that's what's on my birth certificate) and I have to say it mostly because of both the white and black. Some black people didn't like me because I was mixed. I actually get mistaken all the time for either being Latin or Hawaiian but when I look in the mirror I see a very beautiful and strong black woman who is very proud of her heritage. When I was a child I use to wish I was all black or at least darker. I have read all of these comments and there is so much hate. If Halle was trying to pass herself and her child for being white the whites would be all over this. The comments from them seem to say how she's not proud of her mother, etc. and I don't get that from the article at all. And the same comments from the blacks. It is very hard being bi-racial in this world because you can't win for losing. You shouldn't have to take sides but unfortunately society has made it so. I heard a great quote from a white woman on Oprah's show that was about racism on Martin Luther's Kings Birthday. One man in the audience stated that "God created races" and her response was "God created races but MAN created racism".

      February 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Crazy

    So she is trying to make her race proud, but that only includes the people who are black. Really?! That is so disrespectful to her mother and the rest of her white family. This is the problem with society we are not allowed to be proud to be caucasian. How about you just try to be a good PERSON and a role model for ALL of society. I used to be a fan of Ms. Barry, but after this article, not so much

    February 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MzMic

      Somehow, I doubt you were ever a fan of "Ms Barry".

      February 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelmar10

      Agreed. I always like Halle, but this takes the cake! I think is outrageous for her to disrespect her mother in this manner and her child too.
      A child has the right to get to know their father and anyone with any class, who happens to be biracial or has a father and mother of different cultures, should acknowledge and be proud of their heritage.
      It Is no secret that many men(all races), sometimes failed to step up to the plate and take responsibility for the children, they help to bring to this world. Here is a man, who is eager and willing to do so; and he gets treated in this manner? Time to grow up ms. Berry, is not about you! is about, THE CHILD, yours and the FATHER.
      If a woman, does not want a man to play any part in the up-bringing of a child they helped to conceive; perhaps they need to go another route, such as using a fertility clinic or such. Sorry, but I hope that the father, will get justice in court.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      I am starting to believe some of you are not capable of reading. Kelmar for one stating 'It's not about YOU, it's about the CHILD'. Well no kidding Sherlock. Read the article again. She stated quite plainly she would leave such direction on the child to decide for herself and not such decisions for her daughter on what part of herself to embrace.

      Most of you are busy calling her names for really no reason. There is nothing bad in this article. Unless you have walked in her shoes you have little to speak of. Bi-racial children have a different view and standpoint that you simply can not understand. They can be half white and half black but 9 times out of 10...actually more like 10 out of 10...the world will see only one side and one side only. Even if they have knowledge of the other they still will see the color upon the skin that is present to the world's view.

      So get off your high horses as if you actually know what she is speaking of. She easily is stating that it's for every person to figure and decide their path. Since when is that so idiotic and evil as you all keep stating? Since when letting a person decide for themself the direction they seek a bad thing? If you don't like her then simply leave it at that. But making more out of this article than there really is makes you look foolish and ignorant.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anastasia Sokolov

      How is this disrespectful. That is like saying that a child should identify with the religion or personal beliefs as their parents. People take what they want and adapt that to their lives. Her mother didn't seem to have a problem with black people so I am sure she won't be too bothered that her daughter is black either.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Anastasia Sokolov

      How is this disrespectful? That is like saying that a child should identify with the religion or personal beliefs as their parents. People take what they want and adapt that to their lives. Her mother didn't seem to have a problem with black people so I am sure she won't be too bothered that her daughter is black either.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Neenah

      What if you were too light to be accepted by black people, and too dark to be accepted by white people, how would you identify your ethnicity? The answer giving by Halle...society decided her ethnicity for her and so she accepts the fact that society calls her black.

      February 10, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  228. EricLr

    Wow, the one-drop theory referenced as a positive thing. Just wow.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  229. drat

    Anon online hate. You folks are sad.Berry said nothing wrong here.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      what if Heidi Klum discussed how to justify dating a black man like it was something that seriously needed to be addressed? Career-ending article...

      February 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anastasia Sokolov

      I don't think she said anything wrong either, but I think the offspring of some of the slave owners are trying to define race again. They started it and now want to change the playing field again.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • ProudDad

      EXACTLY, Anastasia. I find it ridiculously funny that it always takes a non-American (i.e., unbiased) person to see the racism in this country for what it really is. Thank you.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Precy

      Of course she said something wrong. She said that she's a racist and that she feels black people are better than white people. How is that not wrong? Reverse everything she said and then tell me that she isn't a racist. If she proclaimed the baby white and tried to justify dating black men since she's white, would that be ok? She's absolutely sickening.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  230. Idiocracy

    Just proof that beauty and brains dont go hand in hand. What a psycho BYTCH.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      How is she crazy? Because she doesn't say she is white? I bet you are one of those people who are quick to say the N word too!

      February 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  231. kat

    did this psycho idiot just reference the drop theory????? wow.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      I think she just did......lmao! who still cites that as a legitimate theory.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue Jones

      Does this woman even think before she speaks... She needs to grow up and be a parent not use her daughter to pursue her own agendas.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GMUGrad512

      I'm mortified that she used the "one drop rule" comment. Just like the N word there is NOTHING redeeming in the historically oppressive phrase and it's ridiculous to proudly tout that's how you identify yourself. I wouldn't consider myself sensitive about race (I'm a black woman) but I just have to roll my eyes at that absurdity.

      February 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • wes

      I'm a white male married to a African America female and I agree with Halle, the one drop rule applies and should never be dismissed. It's important you learn your history because that's your future. Halle is a great woman and admitt to have been exposed to racism, she is protecting her daughter just as I would want my wife to protect our family..

      February 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Absolutely stunning that this otherwise intelligent woman would use the one drop "theory"...

      February 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      It's NOT A "THEORY" People...
      It was how YOU ALL used to "classify" us "Black-folk" from the non-black folk...it gave your great grand daddies some sense of superiority.... and like the Jews hate for you to "diminish" their "Holocaust" ,....WE REMEMBER IT VERY DISTINCTLY....Some of our relatives are even still alive and can remember what it was like TO BE TOLD "YOU CAN'T GO IN THIS BATHROOM, EAT AT THIS TABLE, OR GO IN THIS THEATRE"...OH YEAH.."OR VOTE..."
      But white people like to "down-play it"..by telling us "to get over it.."

      February 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LJ

      Yep...she did. I have thought Halle Berry was an ignorant person for quite some time since she consistently claims, or "embraces", only part of who she is. She clearly has no back-bone to stand up to the world and be proud of both of her races. How idiotic of her to hold to the "one drop rule" when it was crafted by racism FOR racism. As a biracial woman, I would stand my ground when confronted by others to "choose" a side. I still do. This blissfully ignorant Halle needs to grow up and do the same.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoeicide

      @Kevin, THANK YOU!

      February 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam99999

      H3ll I don't blame her; her 25%-maximum 'black' child will reap much greater benefits in this day and age by proclaiming herself black rather than white. Use whatcha got.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      halle, baby, with that one-drop comment, you showed the world just how white you are

      February 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh yeah

      And that 25% black child, wealthy from birth, will have to remember, like her mother, to talk about how she's struggling for her race.

      February 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • trashlady

      Yes idiot...it is still in the laws of some southern states...why? are you passing for whit?

      February 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anastasia Sokolov

      That is right. In America, it is better to keep unflattering history buried. How dare she bring up a term that was used and applied so frequently. How dare she air your country's sad history and dirty laundry.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Lara

      Her and the ex are really stupid. Their daughter is black. Black people (or those that "identify" as black lol) need to stop trying to pass their kids off as anything other than what they really are. You don't see Tiger Woods trying to pass his kids off as 100% asian.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Kevin- get over it. Every group has been oppressed at one time or another. EVERY group, without exception. Very few of them hang on to this for generation after generation. Let it go. It was 60 years ago. Now you're just oppressing yourself, and there is no one else to blame no matter how hard you wish there was. No one is oppressing you now. Sorry.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Trashlady- you are unspeakably ignorant. This laws were struck down in the 50s. Whatever rock you've been under since then misses you. Go back to it.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Neenah

      You are wrong to call Halle an idiot for referencing the one drop rule. It is a fact, like she said...that society helped her to identify her ethnicity. A bi-racial person has it harder than any black or white person because they experience racism from both sides. she's either not black enough to be accepted by black people or not light enough to be accepted by white people. Apparently the black community accepted her and therefore, this is why she identifies herself as black though she still struggles with the idea that she is hurting her mother by not acknowledging that she is white. You are wrong on this one and maybe you should check out Jennifer Beales parents and see why she identifies herself as white.

      February 10, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  232. Formica

    Good for them.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBS

      The one drop theory means that Queen Elizabeth is Black (Google Queen Caroline). In fact we probably all are Black. But it's not llike religion or politics. It's only a colour – a colour that sometimes shows and sometimes doesn't. People would say to me 'oh, you're half Jewish.' Well no, actually, not even half of me believes Jesus was God.' Black isn't a belief. White isn't a belief. What are you going to say, "I can't date you because I follow the White belief?" or "I identify with the Black side of my family (or the green eyed side)?" I remember some interviewer once asking Berry if she would ever date a dark skinned Black man. Can you imagine an interviewer saying, 'Would you date someone who was obese, blonde, tall, hairy-chested?"

      February 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janna Bishop

      Get real people!!!! The 'one drop' theory is very real; every black person in america who is a decendant from slaves is bi-racial, multi-racial thanks to white slave masters and we still consider ourselves black, even the light skin blue eyed ones that can pass for white like my aunts and uncles still consider themselves black. Bi-racial just became a buzz in the last decade or so; white people have always judged you by what they see and what they see is black that is why it is called color. So if Halle baby is light enough to pass she can say white, but if she has a hint of color they will 'label' her as black. So stop trying to be 'pc' and let the reality of racial relationships in america seep into your consciousness.

      February 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ProudDad

      What Janna said - LOL! No, but seriously, a lot of people these days don't really understand the history behind why black people believe in the "one drop" theory. It is based upon Jim Crow laws (created by whites), which stated that any part of you being black made you black. It is ludicrous, but this is the way that it was, and racism has never been the most logical social phenomenon anyway.

      My son is biracial, and he is one of those that could "pass for white," as he has brown hair, white skin, and blue eyes. As I am dark-skinned, I was surprised at his lightness, even though his mom is a very fair-skinned redhead. However, I never could deny he's mine, because his body shape, bushy hair and facial features all came from me. But after I thought about it, I remembered that I am the product of two dark grandparents and two very light grandparents, one of whom could "pass for white" and had blue eyes herself! Sometimes we get strange looks, especially when my wife's not around, but to me it just shows how ignorant people are, because you cannot judge based upon only me. You must also see others in my family tree to understand the bigger picture. My family contains people of all shades, so between my wife and me, it's like shuffling a deck of cards to see what comes up. It's probably just a matter of a few genes being switched off or on anyway, which in my opinion adds even more credence to the idea that race is pretty irrelevant.

      Like Halle, I want my son to grow up to identify with whatever makes him feel most comfortable, although I have to admit that I do sometimes worry that when he grows up he may feel pressure to deny me. That would hurt my feelings, but don't worry - I won't let him forget I'm the guy that dried his tears and wiped his hindparts. LOL

      February 9, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Step back and take the speaker away from the phrase. Now, assign it to someone else and see if it is okay to say for that new speaker. Try pretending, oh, say, Sarah Palin said it…. would it be okay then?

      February 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Unfortunately, it isn't surprising to hear this kind of racism from a black woman. Over the years I have found them to be the most racist group by far. Date any race you want, Halle, this isn't 1811- it's 2011. And nice to slap your white relatives in the face by saying you aren't white. After your black father and his family abandoned you and your white relatives raised you and scrimped and saved to send you to the best schools they could, I'm sure they love hearing that you identify more with the father who abandoned you. Great job. Very enlightened and intelligent.

      February 10, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • D. Tel

      Sorry, race is not a choice. You are what you are. Halle, you are not Black. You are not white. You are biracial. I am not german. I am not French. I am not english. I am a mix of all three. That's like people saying, "Tiger Woods was the first Black man to do such-and-such in golf." What?? Tiger isn't even half-Black.

      February 12, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ang

      There is no such thing as different races anyway. We're all the human race – skin color is not a race. There's only different ethnic backgrounds and cultures. If people would realize this, we could all get on with life and be a lot happier.

      February 13, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • FrCanad

      Wow. She also displays ignorance about that child's father's heritage....the French Canadians are very proud of their heritage too. No wonder there's a battle going on over custody. Her father's folks have been in Canada since the early 1600's, longer than most but the native Americans....and some of Nahla's ancestors could very possibly be native American too (read North American history and you'll see). Such a slap in the face for Nahla's father's heritage too.

      February 16, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Macker

      This "one drop" theory was used to relegate colored persons to a lesser class. Her comment is why the degree of racism persists no matter how much we fight it. Reverse discrimination is still discrimination. If they had white actress awards would she be exclude for "one drop? How about her daughter or her daughters daughter? As long as black "leaders" spout this crap we will always be generating racism no matter how sympathetic we can convince some whites to be.

      February 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Macker

      I hate to say this, but recent research has shown that black women are the most opposed of all groups to inter-racial relationships by a large differential. They feel that the "best black men" marry white but are still adamant that they don't want relationships out side of their race. I've often had friends who refused to date a white man, in spite of how wonderful the person was, yet stayed in abusive relationships because a guy was black thus empowering inappropriate behavior and perpetuating stereotypes.

      February 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BLackBeauty

      Black only means that you have an African Ancester, it never meant race–there is no such thing as race. We are all humans. The one drop thing is true. You have African in you, you are black. It just means you have an African Ancester. I really do not know what is so hard about that. All BLACK AMERICANS nomatter how African you may look are mixed with something. Show me a black person who is 100% African. Iwouldliketo meet them. If any exist, other than Ethiopeans and Somalians or are from AFRICA. It creates confusion when people think race is about color of skin and features of the face. Non-sense! BE black and be proud!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • frizzle

      two gorgeous parents – i feel bad for the little girl because she didn't turn out that well. she's kind of fugly but maybe she will be good at math.

      February 26, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      If i am a white male and am offended by her comments, what does that make me? Yeah let's just pretend the white part of you doesn't exist... then you wouldn't exist. I am half Ukrainian and half English by ethnicity...I don't take sides because i prefer one over the other. I AM WHAT I AM and proud of it. Everyone should be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • seashell

      Whatever happened to accepting people for who they are? I have many friends of diffierent races and colors. I amof Irish decent but many of my cousins are of multi nationalities. They are proud of them. I think biracial people and multi nationality people should be proud of who they are. I do find it appalling how bi-racial people diss their white parent. I would be extremely hurt by this. AND BY LETTING THE BLACK "COMMUNITY" DECIDE ON WHO YOU ARE – YOU ARE NOT, I REPEAT, NOT BEING TRUE TO YOURSELF. By constanting blaming the past , you keep showing ignorance and the need to become educated. Because if you do look around, those who are bi or black are very educated people.

      March 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |

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