In a recent interview with People, actress Halle Berry recalled being bullied at her “all-white” high school, something she says always made her feel “less than.”
The actress said her “desire to achieve” came from trying to prove that she was as good as her white classmates:
“Because my mother was white and my father was black … we got called Oreos and names, and kids just didn’t understand, so we were different. We were the brunt of a lot of jokes. So, I think my need to please and my desire to achieve was because I was constantly trying to prove that I was as good as the other white students. I felt very ‘less than,’ and I thought, ‘If I can beat them at everything, then I can be as good as them.’”
Now some of her purported classmates are speaking out on Facebook — and they seem to remember things a little differently.
As first reported by PJ Media, a private Facebook group called “You know you grew up in Bedford” became a hub for the dissenting opinions. Here are some of the ones PJ Media compiled:
Rachel W.: “Class of ’86 here ….. I didn’t know Halle Berry personally so while I certainly can’t speak to her individual experience I can speak to how I looked at her and how all of my friends looked at her in high school. My female friends (black and white) and I thought she was gorgeous and wanted to look like her while my male friends (black and white) had massive crushes on her and wanted to date her. Curious also that she left out the fact she was elected Prom Queen by the entire student body, black and white.”
Rob C.: “She’s crazy, Bedford wasn’t all white. I grew up in Bedford and Bedford heights 35 years, there are plenty of black folks then and still are.”
Shannon T: “I remember everyone always being in awww of Hallie. She was always gorgeous and everyone seemed to look up to her.”
James D.: “Bullsh*t, She was in my art class at Bedford HS, I talked to her everyday, she was a cheerleader too and treated like a queen! I always had respect for her until now!” […]
Erna B.: “ Halle Berry is not telling truth as she was Prom Queen voted by the entire class. Bedford schools have always been mix and everyone was happy was pretty friendly.”
It’s probably best to let the internet make up its own mind on this one.