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Halle Berry and the Resurgence of the Tragic Mulatto
Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 22 Feb | Clay Cane

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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Crazy title, eh?
1 posted on 02/24/2011 6:14:07 AM PST by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough
Here's a NOT-tragic mulatto: Derek Jeter. He'll be getting his 3,000 hit this year and sealing his eventual trip to Cooperstown. His number 2 will be retired by the Yankees one day, and he'll have a plaque in Monument Park. His career has gone by so fast! He's a well-adjusted man who has represented the Yankees well.


2 posted on 02/24/2011 6:19:14 AM PST by Huck (one per-center)
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To: flowerplough

and I believe in the one-drop theory.”


Yeah, me too. Drop everything to do with Halle Berry.


3 posted on 02/24/2011 6:19:49 AM PST by Freddd
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To: flowerplough

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.


4 posted on 02/24/2011 6:19:57 AM PST by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: flowerplough

5 posted on 02/24/2011 6:20:23 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: flowerplough

That is a crazy title. Why can’t we just be decent human beings?

Seriously, this identity garbage only ends badly.


6 posted on 02/24/2011 6:21:02 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: Hodar

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.


7 posted on 02/24/2011 6:21:22 AM PST by Freddd
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To: flowerplough

Those crazy Octoroons..../sarc


8 posted on 02/24/2011 6:21:49 AM PST by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: flowerplough

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.


9 posted on 02/24/2011 6:24:03 AM PST by Freddd
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To: Huck

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?


10 posted on 02/24/2011 6:24:03 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: Huck

Jeter has two excellent parents.I believe Berry’s pappy was
a rolling stone?


11 posted on 02/24/2011 6:24:14 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: flowerplough
even the deeply offensive word "mulatto,"

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.

12 posted on 02/24/2011 6:24:34 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Witty saying TBD.)
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To: Huck

Jeter's parents.

13 posted on 02/24/2011 6:24:34 AM PST by Huck (one per-center)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Yup.


14 posted on 02/24/2011 6:25:32 AM PST by Huck (one per-center)
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To: Huck

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.


15 posted on 02/24/2011 6:27:37 AM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: flowerplough

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.


16 posted on 02/24/2011 6:27:37 AM PST by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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To: flowerplough
On the one hand, self identifying as Black alone seems to deny a large part of one’s heritage.

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.
Lana: “BLACK-ISH?”
Archer: Well you went crazy when I called you an Octaroon!
Lana: Well imagine that!

17 posted on 02/24/2011 6:27:46 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
During the war, I was given an emergency blood transfusion. During the treatment, I was told how fortunate I was to have so many from my team willing to donate blood. The majority of my team happen to be black and I'm a WASP. I guess(according to Halle and her crowd) I am a black man.
18 posted on 02/24/2011 6:28:40 AM PST by shadeaud ("If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." -- George Carlin B)
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To: VA_Gentleman
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.

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.

19 posted on 02/24/2011 6:29:40 AM PST by Huck (one per-center)
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To: FreeAtlanta
Seriously, this identity garbage only ends badly

It often does. Didn't the KKK apply the "one-drop" perspective to their crimes?

20 posted on 02/24/2011 6:30:01 AM PST by glennaro
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To: flowerplough
The true color blind society that Martin Luther King envisioned in his speech, just sees Halle Berry as an attractive actress. Black, white, or in between, what does it matter? It only matters to the true racist who are saying, “she's not one of us”
21 posted on 02/24/2011 6:30:04 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Hodar

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.


22 posted on 02/24/2011 6:30:32 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: flowerplough

One drop rule? I feel like I’m way back in history. Where’s a pic of Nahla, is she passing?


23 posted on 02/24/2011 6:31:31 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: allmendream

faithlessness = FATHERlessness


24 posted on 02/24/2011 6:31:54 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: flowerplough

If you believe anthropologists who study this and you go by the “one drop” theory, then we are ALL black....


25 posted on 02/24/2011 6:32:57 AM PST by matginzac
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To: shadeaud

lol, yeah, that accentuates the ignorance of those who still promote the “one drop” garbage.


26 posted on 02/24/2011 6:33:39 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: shadeaud

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.


27 posted on 02/24/2011 6:35:00 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: Hodar
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 racist; but it’s 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.

28 posted on 02/24/2011 6:37:49 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: flowerplough

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.


29 posted on 02/24/2011 6:38:19 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Huck

As an Oriole fan his career hasn’t gone by fast enough.

: (


30 posted on 02/24/2011 6:38:44 AM PST by stevecmd
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To: allmendream
Another ARCHER fan on FR! At last I've found you. That whole episode ("Diversity Hire") was hillarious.

"Oh, put it back in the deck."

31 posted on 02/24/2011 6:40:43 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Freddd

The MSM is very powerful. Kinda makes all that silliness here at FR about the MSM being on a deathwatch very ridiculous.


32 posted on 02/24/2011 6:41:19 AM PST by stevecmd
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To: pepperdog

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.


33 posted on 02/24/2011 6:42:49 AM PST by Bitsy ( i)
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To: flowerplough
"I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory."

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'

34 posted on 02/24/2011 6:43:36 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: stevecmd

:-P

35 posted on 02/24/2011 6:43:41 AM PST by Huck (one per-center)
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To: Huck

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.


36 posted on 02/24/2011 6:47:17 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: OB1kNOb

Yes, when did “mestizo” OR “mulatto” become a “deeply offensive word”? Both terms are descriptive, neither is derogatory in and of itself.


37 posted on 02/24/2011 6:50:13 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: trisham
...to all...I guess this is why the 0bambi regime stuck a 10% tax on tanning booths....

And I thought this was just a dig at Alaskans (no pun intended)

38 posted on 02/24/2011 6:50:58 AM PST by spokeshave (WTF....the only thing 0bambi's investments will get us is a bullet train to bankruptcy.)
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To: flowerplough
I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.

It's people like Halle and Barry that push ME towards adopting the one-drop theory.

39 posted on 02/24/2011 6:51:06 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: Hodar

Interesting point


40 posted on 02/24/2011 6:52:07 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Freddd
Yeah, me too. Drop everything to do with Halle Berry.

LOL! How true. Beautiful woman who unfortunately is stone-cold crazy. And a lousy actress to boot!


41 posted on 02/24/2011 6:56:08 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: flowerplough

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.


42 posted on 02/24/2011 6:58:44 AM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: allmendream
Both terms are descriptive, neither is derogatory in and of itself.

As opposed to "Uncle Tom" or "Oreo" which is used by African-Americans to define another African-American's "Blackness".

43 posted on 02/24/2011 6:59:33 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am proclaiming 2011 as the year of ME!)
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To: stevecmd
As an Oriole fan his career hasn’t gone by fast enough. : (

Yeah me too - Jeter killed us in the '96 playoffs and has been doing it ever since.

44 posted on 02/24/2011 7:01:15 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: I cannot think of a name
I am a 5' 9" Caucasian who when. in college could grab a 10 foot high basketball rim with one hand from a one step jump.

Leads me to believe I'm not 100%. :)

45 posted on 02/24/2011 7:03:04 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am proclaiming 2011 as the year of ME!)
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To: flowerplough

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.


46 posted on 02/24/2011 7:05:47 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Rummyfan
Beautiful woman who unfortunately is stone-cold crazy. And a lousy actress to boot!

She proves the saying once again, "Celebrities, first they seek fame, then they seek relevance, only to fail at the latter."

47 posted on 02/24/2011 7:12:54 AM PST by OB1kNOb (Witty saying TBD.)
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To: flowerplough

See Joe Hicks on www.pjtv.com. The video title is “A Message to Halle Berry: Drop-Kick the One-Drop Rule”. Excellent!


48 posted on 02/24/2011 7:17:10 AM PST by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: shadeaud

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.”


49 posted on 02/24/2011 7:19:30 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Sans-Culotte
I've tried pointing out to libtards that blacks in Africa are as culpable as whites in the slave trade.

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.

50 posted on 02/24/2011 7:23:18 AM PST by ladyjane
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