[Ads-l] big apple (UNCLASSIFIED)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 17 15:31:21 UTC 2020

> On Feb 17, 2020, at 3:37 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> That's true. BTW, are people familiar with the Chan sisters, Meg and
> Jennifer? They use their mother's maiden name, Tilly, as their nom du film.
> There are many Websites devoted to the revelation of the "polluted"
> ancestry of more-or-less public figures. You'd think that such Web pages
> would be managed by the KKK. But, in fact, they're run by
> couldn't-possibly-be-mistaken-for-white members of the relevant "race," who
> have heartily embraced the one-drop rule. (More cultural appropriation!
> Won't *nobody* let colored people have *nothing*, just for them!)
> Oddly, some racist sites claim that the one-drop rule is a black thang,
> thought up for the purpose of claiming more-or-less important, more-or-less
> non-black people, e.g.  Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass, Booker T.
> Washington, Lena Horne, Thurgood Marshall, Cab Calloway, Mariah Carey,
> Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali, Johnny Mathis, etc. as "black." However, the
> one-drop rule is a logical extension of the law, originally promulgated in
> the Virginia Colony, that, if the mother is a slave, then the child is a
> slave, regardless of the social and/or the racial status of the father: if
> an ancestor was black, then the descendant is black.
cf. the promulgation of “quadroon” and “octoroon”.  If there’s no finer-grained term I assume it's because those making the rules didn’t know the Latin for 1/16. 


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