Yeah, the invention of exotic ethnic backgrounds (or the exoticizing of more mundane backgrounds - for example the way my grandmother to this day says we are "French", when our most recent "French" ancestor left Alsace ca. 1715) to compensate for not being able to easily blend into WASP culture is not a new or particularly unusual thing.
adoptions were informal events when one family took the child of another family to raise when
necessary. In some cases, when infidelity is involved, the father may not realize that he is raising
another man's child, but in many cases, the reason is much less sinister such as a child taking a
step-father's name, a family taking an orphan to raise, or an illegitimate birth where the child
takes the mother's surname.
Though tall, dark, and handsome in the movies, in real life Elvis's hair was never that dark (he was really ash blonde).
Maybe it's just because I'm Cajun, but I don't understand why these people are unique or genetically interesting? Hasn't this happened all over the US, especially in parts of the country that have been settled by non-indigenous people for centuries?
Other way 'round. They passed as white because they could plausibly have been European. (Well, fully European.)
I've been hearing the "part Cherokee" thing all my life and it always sounded more like a disclaimer than something to be proud of. Kinda makes sense now.
All them people complaining about casting Katniss Everdeen can still shove it.
One thing that struck me as odd in Europe was that after telling people I was from the U.S., they almost always asked where my parents and grandparents were from. They seemed to want to know if I was a "real" American. It was as though they hadn't heard that the U.S. had slaves for a few centuries.
It is a scientific fact that there is not one full-blooded Caucasian on the floor of this convention. Every member has in him a certain mixture of… colored blood. The pure-blooded white has needed and received a certain infusion of darker blood to give him readiness and purpose. It would be a cruel injustice and the source of endless litigation, of scandal, horror, feud, and bloodshed to undertake to annul or forbid marriage for a remote, perhaps obsolete trace of Negro blood. [link]
Given the factual reality that one-third of White Americans and all Black Americans are of mixed Euro-Afro ancestry...
This identification with something greater — the party, the country, the race, the religion, God — is the search for power. Because you in yourself are empty, dull, weak, you like to identify yourself with something greater. That desire to identify yourself with something greater is the desire for power.
Australian racism is different from American racism. Just because he's a 'wog' doesn't mean he's not 'white'.
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