[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] Re: blue serge

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 29 21:27:13 UTC 2016

On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 2:17 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> his father was white (a cotton broker, if I recall), and his mother's
> husband (as mentioned above) was dark skinned black.

All right. Now, it all makes sense. Mutatis mutandis, it's the story of my
mother's mother, whose father was her mother's boss-man.


> He was light skinned and took hell from whites and blacks growing up
> because of that.

I've read about this being a problem for a "bright fellow," as my
grandmother would have referred to him, but I've never seen an instance of
it. OTOH, a person really does not want to be "black-and-ugly." Some may
recall that the bright-complexioned Muhammad Ali remarked of a
dark-complexioned opponent, "He's too ugly to represent the colored

> I meant nothing political or otherwise by using the term "mixed race"

I didn't - and don't - think that of you at all. I did give consideration
to the possibility that my political tirade might be both problematic for
you and out of place on the listserv. But then I thought, "I'm going to
die, soon (metaphorically-speaking, perhaps). Fuck it." 🤡

On a more-serious note, please accept my apologies, Bill.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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