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beaconess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-09-07 06:04 PM
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44. That's where this gets ridiculous
Edited on Fri Feb-09-07 06:07 PM by beaconess
To some people, the one drop that you have has so "tainted" you that you can never remove the stain of your blackness. To others, its a wonderful flavoring that God gave you to richen and sweeten your blood. :-)

I have a lot of mixed marriages in my family and as children we were always confused about why the cousins who looked white were considered black, while the ones who actually had more white blood than they did but had darker skin were also considered black. And to outsiders who didn't know we were related, and who were just judging based on appearance, our lighter cousins were white and we were black. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out why we were treated differently because of skin color, even when it conflicted with our actual genetic makeup. My lighter-skinned cousins probably had a harder time because, although they were usually treated better because they were assumed to be white, they often felt guilty if someone assumed they were white - and felt obligated to announce their "blackness" so that whites didn't think they were trying to fool them and blacks didn't think they were trying to "pass."

We finally just realized that the country was screwed up and then went right on about our business . . .

So, my vaguely nubian brother/sister . . . you're not alone in your confusion.
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