Actress Halle Berry who has a white mother and an African American father considers her daughter Nahla’s heritage to be African American, even though her father – who is French Canadian model Gabriel Aubry – is Caucasian.
However, Berry won’t put a label on her daughter.
“I’m not going to put a label on it,” she said. “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.
“I feel like she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother and I believe in the one-drop theory.”
Berry knows from experience how difficult it can be being identified in the world.
“I identify as a black woman, but I’ve always had to embrace my mother and the white side of who I am, too,” she said.
“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?’ ”
Berry who has had several relationships with non-black men in the past hasn’t diminished her affiliation with black Americans.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
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