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COURTS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT HALLE BERRY’S BABY IS BLACK
February 7 2011
Los Angeles, CA – Though the world in general has come a long way in terms of race relations in the last few years the hard reality is that many issues and hang-ups continue to persist. Despite the best intentions of good people prejudice, both active
and latent, is an issue many people still have to deal with on a regular basis. Particularly in the United States, race is the first thing many people see and the first thing they think of when dealing with other people.
There may never come a point when race is truly irrelevant, where it never enters into a person’s head, thoughts that historically have led to bad things. Further complicating those concerns is the increasingly multi-racial nature of the modern world with racial blending becoming the norm rather than the exception in many places. While still far from commonplace, the growing racial blend has further confused the issue of racial identity both for those who embrace and those who rebel against such notions. In the United States, a country which has been defined by race like no other, such blending is increasingly not only a social concern but also a legal one, particularly in reference to census data. Now though a landmark case involving movie star Halle Berry may help to redefine the way people think about race, and let everyone know whether or not the kid is black or white.
“Apparently Gabriel Aubry, the baby’s daddy, would go nuts whenever someone would refer to his kid as being black and frequently insists that people say she is white. He really seems to have a problem with the race thing,” said an insider close to the custody case between Berry and Aubry. “The accusations of him being racist aren’t confined to just these situations with him apparently using the ‘N word’ a number of times in respect to Berry herself. Obviously if that’s the case it probably isn’t the best thing for him to have a black kid.”
Aubry is white French-Canadian while Berry was born of a white mother and black father. Apparently the ‘N-word’ in Quebec means ‘darling’.
“Obviously it would be an awkward thing for him to have a black baby if he really doesn’t like black people than raising a black person is going to be an issue. I mean he’s going to have that kid for the rest of his life and if it is determined that she is indeed black, well that’s going to be an issue,” said the insider. “Obviously the principle concern here is custody. If the courts are able to determine that she is indeed white than I’m sure Aubry will want to help raise her, but if she is black, well that’s a totally different issue and I’m sure he would probably rather just do without.”
Traditionally race determinations are not made by courts, at least not courts based in California.
“Obviously one would hope that the court will make a colour blind determination in
respect to custody, but if Aubry really does have a problem with black people and they determine definitively that the child is black, then that will most certainly play towards Berry and her retaining full or at least dominant custody,” said Scrape TV Legal analyst Gabe Hawthorne. “Obviously you don’t want to grant custody to someone who will hate the child, that really isn’t good for anyone and so this will be an interesting case. Perhaps it will set in stone to legal determination for all such issues and finally decided whether or not it is skin colour or parentage that determine race because sometimes it’s really hard to tell. Look at someone like Mariah Carey, she’s half and half and looks Gino. Maybe this case will solve this debate forever. Hopefully for the child’s sake she has access to both her parents, which would obviously require her to be white.”
At nearly three years old it’s not clear if Nahla knows what race she is, something the courts will determine for her.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent