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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Parents of two different races arguing over which race their child belongs to-- with implications for their impending custody battle.

    No, it's not racist. I will reserve my other thoughts for what it really is.

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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Though true, it is a racist statement by today's standard.
    From what I have read, it was infact the Father who has refused to say his daughter was Black and didn't like anyone referring to her as such and would refer to her as only White.

    She claims to identify herself as black so she says her daughter is black. The father identifies himself as white and thus calls his child White. It is ultimately the daughter's decision in the end what she wishes to classify herself as.

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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    In the context I read, I don't think it was truly racist. However, considering the emotional roller-coaster of being in a bitter custody battle, and given that the child's father is white, I think she's trying to wrap her child in the cocoon of being black to decrease the chances that her child would be raised by a white father. She's publicly playing the culture card. As a mother, I understand. I'd play every card in the deck to keep custody of my child.
    I think you are right. They are saying he called her the N word so what you are saying makes sense she would try to do that. I agree: anything to keep my child! But I just cringed when I read/heard she used that one drop thing. I was like damn we back in the slave days

    Wow. Kinda shocked that Finally some folks do agree with me on race relations based on the poll seems others do think it racist. Most times everybody thinks I am overreacting.
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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    American society as a whole believes in the one drop rule. Just look at Obama. We'll never hear people say 'Kill Obama the cracker!' We'll hear 'Kill Obama the nigger!' even though he is 50-50. Black people affirm that Obama is black and so do white people. It's not racist and more of a cultural issue. We tend to refer to people who are mixed by their other. Whether this was inherited from racist practices is debatable but it's not racist to believe in the 'one drop rule' by today's cultural context.
    I get this but must we still use terms like black drop rule? I mean when are we gonna move past this nonsense? I guess never?

    Again I have no proble her tossing the label of black on her child as I understand people will probably judge that child based on her skin tone. I did like her saying it will be her daugthers choice to make once she is old enough.

    My problem was the one drop thing as it shocked me she used it. I mean people still use that term? Makes me sad. That is all and yes I find it racist.
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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    From what I have read, it was infact the Father who has refused to say his daughter was Black and didn't like anyone referring to her as such and would refer to her as only White.

    She claims to identify herself as black so she says her daughter is black. The father identifies himself as white and thus calls his child White. It is ultimately the daughter's decision in the end what she wishes to classify herself as.
    "Classify" her as a human being.
    Why is that so difficult for so many ???
    I do not care for the word "classify", this refers to animals, things, not humans.

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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I do not care for the word "classify", this refers to animals, things, not humans.
    I like the box. It's comfortable thinking inside here.

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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kali View Post
    Halle Berry has came out and said her that her daughter is black because of the one-drop theory. Meaning you got one black drop of blood in you that makes you black. Do you feel this is racist to think this way during this day and time?

    I have no problem with her saying her child is black as that is probably gonna be how the world at large may label her child. My problem is her use of the term the one-drop theory.

    Does that not go back to like the slave days and is it really necessary to have that kind of thinking when it is the year 2011?

    Halle Berry to Ebony magazine: My daughter Nahla is black because of the 'one-drop theory'

    Imo each individual has the absolute right to choose his or her identity. Halle Berry is half white and half black. She has chosen an African American identity. No problem.

    Halle Berry's daughter is three fourths white and one quarter black. Halle Berry will influence her daughter's choice of identity; however, in the final analysis her daughter will choose her own identity.

    I can tell you from first hand experience that parents do not have the final say on identity. Moreover, factors outside the parents' control influence the child's choice.

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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    This is why we refer to the once great Thai golfer Tiger Woods.
    I thought he was only 1/4 Thai...
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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    So many people are of mixed derivation that we shouldn't even really be talking about this anymore. I am mostly Norman/Breton French with some Canadian First-Nations and my wife is primarily Minnan/Han Chinese with some Taiwanese aboriginal ancestry... What does that make my children? A human mix of many ethnicities and races... that something that is becoming more and more common and something that societies around the world are coming to grip with in different ways, including here in Taiwan.
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    Re: Is Halle Berrys Comment Racist?

    Is there anyone on the planet these days that doesnt have some mixed race in them? Anywhere?

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