‘My daughter is black’

2011-02-09 07:30

Los Angeles – Halle Berry considers her daughter to be black.

The Oscar-winning actress – who has a white mother and an African American father – doesn’t want to put any labels on Nahla but considers her child’s heritage to be African American, even though her father, French Canadian model Gabriel Aubry, is Caucasian.

She said: “I’m not going to put a label on it. I had to decide for myself and that’s what she’s going to have to decide – how she identifies herself in the world.

“And I think, largely, that will be based on how the world identifies her. That’s how I identified myself. But I feel like she’s black.

Mixed heritage“I feel like she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother and I believe in the one-drop theory.”

The one-drop theory refers to the controversial US racial classification system which states that anyone with even “one drop” of black heritage should be classified as black.

However, the 44-year-old actress admitted it was difficult for her to identify with just one race when she was growing up because of her parents’ mixed heritage.

She explained: “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?’”

Proud to be African American Halle also insists her high-profile relationships with several non-black men – including Aubry, whom she is locked in a bitter custody battle with, and French actor Olivier Martinez – have not diminished her affiliation with black Americans.

She said in an interview with Ebony magazine: “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.

“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 realise more of who I really am.”

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