An American Question

In the February 8, 2011 edition of the New York Daily News, Halle Berry’s contentious split with former beau Gabriel Aubry is documented.  More specifically, the article brings to light that one of the points of contention is whether their daughter Nahla is White or Black.

See the article here.

Berry justifies her belief that Nahla is Black by saying:  “I’m black and I’m her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory.”  This “theory,” of course, references the 19th and 20th century notion that if a person has “one drop” of “Negro” blood, then that person is Black by definition.  Aubry, on the other hand, is cited in the article as identifying their daughter as White, even being incensed at any suggestions otherwise.

To be fair, Berry acknowledges that eventually it will be Nahla’s decision to identify who she is.  However, it saddens me that both parents seem to completely miss the point.   Perhaps instead of using Nahla’s race as a custodial football, they should be focused on Nahla.  As a parent, I would suggest that instead of talking about WHAT Nahla is, they should be talking about WHOSE Nahla is.

In all of my travels, and in all of the conversations I’ve had with people from various religions and beliefs, from Orthodox to Agnostic, I’ve never come across someone who has the sense that God cares about what we look like, what color our skin is, or what race we belong to.   Irrespective of what name we call God, or whether or not we even acknowledge Him, the actions we take towards even ONE person have ripple effects that impact multiple people in ways we may not understand.  For instance, if Person A murders Person B, is Person B the only one that’s affected?  I say the answer is clearly “no.”  Anyone with a mother knows what I mean.

It occurs to me that by arguing over what race Nahla belongs to, as parents, both Berry and Aubry pull Nahla away from who she TRULY is.  A human being, a child of God, with a rich family history and tradition on both sides.  She is connected, as we all are…to the human family…part of ONE BODY.

And, just as a side note: isn’t it amazing that none of us actually say “I’m an AMERICAN” unless we’re on foreign soil?  So I ask you the reader…who are YOU?

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1 Response to "An American Question"

  • zoe morton says:

    This is not an uncommon issue to those of us who may be of fair complexion and obvious ethnic characteristics. Unfortunately, Ms. Berry’s situation is high profile because of who she is! Nonetheless, the answer to such a question is usually never thought about until you apply or submit some form or another to obtain a privilege or right.

    I have had to deal with this ‘issue’ as an adult, more so than a child; simply because I had to understand my purpose and destiny.

    It behooves parents to take the responsibility from society and educate their children about ANY and ALL associated blood lines that run through their veins. Especially, back to the third and fourth generation for spiritual assessment.

    The ‘answer’ or at least some indicators, as to who we are, seems to appear in our genes regardless of whether we desire to admit it or not……!


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