Skip to comments.Halle Berry and the Resurgence of the Tragic Mulatto
Posted on 02/24/2011 6:14:06 AM PST by flowerplough
Halle Berry's recent comments in Ebony magazine have brought up the complex subject of racial identity, which still seems to confuse many Americans. Asked if her daughter, Nahla, is African American, the Oscar-winning actress answered, "I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory."
Blogs raged, and suddenly everyone was an expert on dissecting the social construction of race. Even many black websites roared that Nahla wasn't black. It was as if a chapter from an Alex Haley book had come to life on the Web.
Berry has never used the words "mixed" or "biracial" to describe her racial identity. She identifies as a black woman. Similarly, President Barack Obama, Faith Evans, Jasmine Guy and even the late, great Bob Marley all embraced having a white parent -- but didn't identify by degree of blackness. Apparently, they subscribe to the belief that either you are black -- or you are not.
In 2011, black is no longer praised as beautiful; everyone wants to be "multi." People proudly run through their race, ethnicity and nationality as if it's a résumé. "Mixed," "multiethnic," even the deeply offensive word "mulatto," are resurging as the hottest labels around. Here's another new term I recently heard: "double-raced."
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and I believe in the one-drop theory.”
Yeah, me too. Drop everything to do with Halle Berry.
If you are white, you are held to a higher standard.
If you are Black, the standard of behavior you are held to; is much much lower. So, by claiming to be black - they can appear as ‘Superman’, while if claiming to be white, they are merely ‘successful mortals’.
Sounds raaist; but it’s fact - like it or not.
That is a crazy title. Why can’t we just be decent human beings?
Seriously, this identity garbage only ends badly.
Well there’s also Pigford and Pigford II money to be had, special colleges, funds and loans to be had
If your not white...
paid for by whites.
Those crazy Octoroons..../sarc
Notice how this morning all things of the Middle East have fallen off the news? No constant coverage, no more Muslim interviews.
But gay marriage, race articles etc are everywhere...
And where is the media on the outrageous gas prices? Crickets.
Until you posted, I could have told you who Derek Jeter was, but nothing about his race. Isn’t that the way it should be?
Jeter has two excellent parents.I believe Berry’s pappy was
a rolling stone?
I guess someone needs to educate me on why this is. I've never known this word to be "deeply offensive". Why is it? I thought it was just a simple term to define someone of mixed black/white race.
I’m not a Yankees fan, but I have to give Jeter his due. He’s a class act, keeps a low profile, and to be the type of star he is and to never make a huge public mistake in NY... impressive.
Yes, it’s a crazy title, and even crazier is the article. If the truth were known, and it could be with a DNA test, I doubt there would be many of us that don’t have “one drop” of black blood. That attitude, or misguided belief, belongs to the past when people thought races were pure. Or I could be rude and say it’s just plain ignorant.
On the other hand, if racists are going to treat you like a n*gger anyway - you may as well say you are Black.
One of my best friends growing up was half black and half white, he knew nothing of black culture other than faithlessness, and other blacks made fun of him for “acting white” (how the hell else was he supposed to act, watch the ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘Good Time's and model his mannerisms after that?), but he still caught all the potential flack from whites for being black as well.
Archer: Not diverse enough? Lana is Black.....ish.
Archer: Well you went crazy when I called you an Octaroon!
Lana: Well imagine that!
Definitely. 15 years along now, it's safe to say he's a true professional. What a great example he's been for the kiddos. Think about it.
It often does. Didn't the KKK apply the "one-drop" perspective to their crimes?
You have a good point. In the past, I have had black coworkers and friends spout of some well in grained talking point, “if you are black, you have to work twice as hard to prove yourself”. I never can help chuckling and saying, you are joking, right?
That statement was probably correct before 1970, but not now. Just look at dumbo in the White house. If he had taken the job seriously and buckled down for 4 years, he could have done so much for race relations, instead, he is coasting. He is partying it up, golfing nearly every weekend, coming into work several hours after Bush would have been there. Putting his dirty shoes on the oval office desk as he kicks back.
Also, what is up with that AFL-CIO guy showing up for private meetings 2 or 3 times a week? If he was a women, the media would be all a twitter about some type of an affair.
One drop rule? I feel like I’m way back in history. Where’s a pic of Nahla, is she passing?
faithlessness = FATHERlessness
If you believe anthropologists who study this and you go by the “one drop” theory, then we are ALL black....
lol, yeah, that accentuates the ignorance of those who still promote the “one drop” garbage.
How far we’ve come. Years ago they used to keep the black and white blood supplies separate. That was when whites cared about the one-drop rule. Now it’s the blacks who seem to care.
If you are Black, the standard of behavior you are held to; is much much lower. So, by claiming to be black - they can appear as Superman, while if claiming to be white, they are merely successful mortals.
Sounds racist; but its fact - like it or not.
I've tried pointing out to libtards that blacks in Africa are as culpable as whites in the slave trade. I usually get as a response that "the white guys should have known better"; as if the poor Africans were too primitive to know that selling each other into slavery was wrong.
When Halle Berry won her Oscar and stated that it made her proud to be the first black woman to win an Oscar it showed her ignorance and her disrespect for Hattie McDaniel.
As an Oriole fan his career hasn’t gone by fast enough.
"Oh, put it back in the deck."
The MSM is very powerful. Kinda makes all that silliness here at FR about the MSM being on a deathwatch very ridiculous.
That attitude, or misguided belief, belongs to the past when people thought races were pure.
I’m pure - pure American with a blend of Irish, French and German;)I’m too darn white to have any black blood in me but, who cares, if I do, I do.
Does she feel like her daughter's ugly, too? Because I'm willing to bet that Halle's baby has at least one drop of ugly in her.
Halle Berry says she thinks she's 'ugly'
I didn’t know he was “mulatto”. I thought he was of Cuban or other hispanic/latino heritage. My husband always speaks well of him.
Yes, when did “mestizo” OR “mulatto” become a “deeply offensive word”? Both terms are descriptive, neither is derogatory in and of itself.
And I thought this was just a dig at Alaskans (no pun intended)
It's people like Halle and Barry that push ME towards adopting the one-drop theory.
LOL! How true. Beautiful woman who unfortunately is stone-cold crazy. And a lousy actress to boot!
I DON’T believe in the “one drop” theory.
My religion says that we are all descent from the same two parents. If all it takes is one drop, we are definitely all black.
As opposed to "Uncle Tom" or "Oreo" which is used by African-Americans to define another African-American's "Blackness".
Yeah me too - Jeter killed us in the '96 playoffs and has been doing it ever since.
Leads me to believe I'm not 100%. :)
An interesting non sequitur, perhaps, but were it not for racial laws in Louisiana which put mixed race creoles into the same Jim Crow category as blacks who descended from slaves, then, jazz as we know it might not exist.
At least that is what I take away from Ken Burns’ docu Jazz.
Interesting stuff, really. Not an argument about social policy, just an observation.
She proves the saying once again, "Celebrities, first they seek fame, then they seek relevance, only to fail at the latter."
See Joe Hicks on www.pjtv.com. The video title is “A Message to Halle Berry: Drop-Kick the One-Drop Rule”. Excellent!
Your post brought back a story my grandfather told me about WW2. Toward the end of the war his unit that had fought up through Italy and in France found a very young German officer who was critically wounded. He said the kid looked about 16 y.o. At that point in the war they were recruiting younger and younger men.
My grandfather spoke German so he was the translator. As they started to give him a transfusion he looked alarmed and asked what they were putting into his arm. My grandfather’s reply to him, “This is blood, good Jewish blood from New York City.” The kid looked up and said, “Macht nichts.”
You do know there were thousands of black slave owners in the South, don't you? Some were even slave breeders who sold their own children into slavery.
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