In a recent interview, actress Halle Berry revealed she experienced bullying in high school due to the color of her skin. Now, some of her old classmates and neighbors are responding to the claims.
Berry was interviewed by People to discuss her new film, "Kidnap." During the interview, the actress opened up about the racism her family faced during high school.
Berry and her family lived in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio, but after her mother realized the problems she and her sister faced at school, the family moved to the suburbs, reports People.
"She was so horrified by what she saw at the school, the violence, and all of a sudden it hit her," Berry recalled. "So, she moved us out of that neighborhood ... and while we got taken out of imminent danger, we also got taken out of what was normal for us, and now all of a sudden, we were in an all-white school with all-white kids, like 3 out of 2500 students."
Berry went on to reveal that at her school in the suburbs, she was bullied "because of the color of my skin."
"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," she said. "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.'"
According to Mad World News, after the interview was published, it began to make the rounds on social media, eventually ending up in a Facebook group for people who grew up in Bedford, Ohio, the town where Berry went to school.
A number of commenters discussed the actress' claims about being bullied and experiencing racism.
"Class of '86 here... I didn't know Halle 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," one Facebook user wrote. "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 she also left out the fact she was elected Prom Queen by the entire student body, black and white."
"Oh please," another user wrote. "When did Bedford become (or was) all white???"
"She's crazy, Bedford wasn't all white," another user responded. "I grew up in Bedford and Bedford heights 35 years, there are plenty of black folks then and still are."