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Re: “'Kaleidoscope': the story of a discovered African-American ancestry

Scott Staples, thanks for replying. Actually, I'm saying that the racial identities of the Chavis family were NOT predetermined. I read the book, and I know that some of the Chavis descendants are black-identified mulatto elites. I'm not surprised that they knew about the change from "colored" to "white" status since rumors of so-called "passing" are an obsession within the mulatto elite subculture. I hope you get a chance to check out the above links in my first post.

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Posted by Ad Powell on 07/08/2015 at 10:49 PM

Re: “'Kaleidoscope': the story of a discovered African-American ancestry

The Chavis family should be recognized as free mulattoes and/or mixed-race. They
clearly did not see themselves as "African Americans" or "black" and
should not be called that. The line between black and white is clear; the line between
mixed-race and white is not. That's why we should not say that people "passed
for white." They were already genetically white and became socially white.

Melungeon people are nearly all descended from ancestors labeled "free colored" during the antebellum period. Some even had the "Negro" label forced

on them during the Jim Crow era. Yet, nearly all Melungeons are white-identified today.

More reading on this topic:

http://melungeon.ning.com/forum/topics/5th…

http://www.amazon.com/Legal-History-Color-…

http://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Line-Secre…

http://www.amazon.com/Passing-Who-You-Real…

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Posted by Ad Powell on 06/12/2015 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Race doesn't fit in a checkbox

The most important racial identity issue is for the blacks to stop claiming whites and other non-blacks for their "race." There is no such thing as an "African American" who is only "passing for white." Anyone who looks white IS white. We also note that blacks are very polite (cowardly?) to Hispanics and Arabs in not daring to even mention their considerable "drops" (sometimes gallons) of the dreaded "black blood," much less try to force them into their "race."

During the fight for the "Multiracial" census category, it was the black elites (especially the NAACP) who led the fight to keep alive the idea of forced hypodescent and the "one drop" myth that proclaimed them an "inferior" race. They claimed that they would effectively descend into Neanderthal status if they could not kidnap European and other non-Negroid descendants to improve their "race."

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Posted by Ad Powell on 05/07/2013 at 9:23 PM

 

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