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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 11:53 AM
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6. Halle Berry ..
"My mother cleared it up for me when I was very young," she explains. "She said when you look in the minor you're going to see a Black woman. You're going to be discriminated against as a Black woman so ultimately, in this society, that's who you will be. And that's made my life very easy. . . I think if you're an interracial child and you're strong enough to live I'm neither Black nor White but in the middle,' then, more power. But I needed to make a choice and feel part of this culture. I feel a lot of pride in being a Black woman."

and an article on same subject..
Now the London Evening Standard has joined in: "Halle's no black beauty," read the headline, while the (white) journalist helpfully informed us that the star "isn't exactly black". The writer's central point - that those with cafe-au-lait skin fare better in Hollywood than their darker sisters - is unquestionably true.

To claim to be white was to deny your true self; "a drop of midnight" outweighed pints of "white" blood in your veins. Our ancestors catalogued each tiny variation: their categories went as far as octoroon, someone who was one-eighth "negro" (and not, as you might think, seven-eighths white). Mixed-race children learned to embrace the identity once foisted on them. Treated as black, they became black - and proud - identifying with the family most likely to welcome them. Now, it appears, half black is Not Black Enough - not even to whitey. So they are frauds if they pass as black people, too, though none denies white parentage. No wonder Berry sounds so weary of the subject: "No person in my whole life has ever thought that I was white," she told Movieline magazine.
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