Halle Berry on Her Daughter Nahla’s Race: “I Feel Like She’s Black”


By Daniel Gates


Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry‘s bitter custody battle over their young daughter Nahla has now entered even more sensitive territory. Uh Oh. Amid allegations that Aubry (who is white) called Berry the “N word,” Berry discusses Nahla’s racial identity in the new issue of Ebony magazine – and makes a strong statement.

“I feel like she’s black. I’m black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory,” says Berry. Historically speaking, the “one-drop theory” contends that an individual with even “one drop” of African ancestry should be considered black.

“I’m not going to put a label on it,” continues the actress. “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.”

A toddler’s racial makeup wouldn’t usually be discussed quite so publicly, but as Berry and Aubry’s fight becomes more intense, so too has the focus on Aubry’s personal beliefs. According to reports, Aubry “went nuts” whenever someone referred to Nahla as “black.” As long as they’re happy, that’s what truly matters.

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