Halle Berry has been in a constant battle with her ex Gabriel Aubry when it comes to raising their 6 year old daughter Nahla. Nahla is half black so she has curly hair, as most of us do, but Gabriel seems the think that consistently straightening it will erase that part of her.
A court ruled this morning that neither Gabriel or Halle can change Nahla’s look from its natural state after Halle found herself arguing with Gabriel about straightening their daughter hair, so that she doesn’t look African American.
The judge has ordered that the child’s hair should grow back in its natural state. The first thing I thought when I saw this story was “aint that some hot mess”. So it is OK to sleep with an ‘exotic’ African American woman, but you don’t want to be reminded about it when you have a child. News flash honey*, you are gonna have to do way more than straighten her hair to get rid of her “African American-ess”.
This is how young children grow up with identity problems and it is much worse when it is your parent who cannot appreciate who you are as their child. We hope Nahla has more sense than her dad, because she will need it in spite of his shallowness.
Gabriel will have to face the fact that his daughter is half black and at some point she will be faced with it as well. We are giving Halle imaginary high fives for winning this court case, now all she has to do is make sure that Nahla’s knows that she is half black and half white and what that means in the world she is about to face.
In a perfect world how her hair grows out of her head should not matter, but we all know that is not the case, not yet and not now. Good job Halle!