First: ALWAYS tell us the version number. It is very frustrating trying to answer a question without knowing what version, thus what tools and options, you have in front of you. Would you walk into a garage and ask for a carburetor without telling the mechanic the make and model of your car?
Second, it is often helpful to provide a screen grab of your file. Turn on the transparency grid, select the paths is question so we can see them clearly, and save a screen shot. Add it to a reply using the camera icon above the text entry field. If you can put your Illustrator file online somewhere, possibly ZIP compressed, you can add a link to it so we can download and open it.
If possible in 9, you may click each of the white paths, and either
1) Object>Path>Divide Objects below and delete the severed black path that appears,
2) Find it in the Layers palette, drag it down just above the bottom black path in the stacking order, and Pathfinder>Subtract from shape area, holding down Alt/Option.
I stil cant get it to work, and I think the options you gave me are for a version other than illustrator 9, because I cant
Is there another way?
Jason's approach should work.
Wat might be confusing is that you only select the white shape nothing else then use the commandObject>Path>Divide Objects below.
Just the white shape perhaps doing this one by one is the way.
Remember once divided you have to select the shape the white path left when you invoked the command and delete that shape you get this I did this one at a time.