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THE ONE DROP RULE: Who is Black and Who is Not.

August 26, 2018 by  
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( Even after the adoption of legalized segregation in the late 19th century, individuals who were as much as one quarter Black were classified as white. According to George Tillman a delegate to the South Carolina constitutional convention in 1895.

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.

The so-called “one drop rule,” mandating that anyone with any Black ancestry no matter how insignificant be viewed as Black, did not become widespread until decades later. It was only adopted when white reactionary rule felt threatened by the “New Negro” stalwarts, the Black veterans of WWI who fought back against the lynch mobs. If given the “one drop” litmus test today how many “whites” would pass muster?

About one-third of white Americans are of between two and twenty percent recent African genetic admixture, as measured by the ancestry-informative markers in their DNA. This comes to about 74 million Americans. Keep in mind that a significant percentage of white Americans are descended from Europeans who entered the country after Emancipation. Thus, this 74 million may comprise the vast majority of those descended from the pre-1860 white population.

Nonetheless, mainstream historians  are comfortable with the assertion that every president before Barack Obama had not one Black ancestor, reminiscent of how, up until the advent of DNA testing, they discounted the possibility that President Thomas Jefferson fathered any of the six children of his constant companion, Sally Hemmings, whom he held in bondage. And, believe it or not, there are still some holdouts in that regard. As for Native American extraction, mainstream historians have not identified one president with any, and they say only one has served as Vice President, Charles Curtiss, Herbert Hoover’s VP.

Keep in mind that in Virginia in the 1930s, officials removed the classification Native American from state records and designated everyone as either Black or white. Also, authorities in New Orleans, for several centuries home to a substantial population of Creoles, individuals of mixed white, Black, and Native American ancestry, around the same time resolutely set about classifying everyone as either Black or white. And Charleston, South Carolina, once possessed a huge mixed race population that today no longer exists. Where did it go? Many doubtless became “white.” What difference does it make, one may ask, how one is racially classified? Is there any legal benefit or detriment to one’s assignment to the Black or white “race?”

Staff Writer; Arthur Lewin

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4 Responses to “THE ONE DROP RULE: Who is Black and Who is Not.”
  1. Salim says:

    Americans need to get rid of hyphenated Americans. You are either American or you are not. Your family background is no ones business.

  2. Trevo Craw says:

    To The Author, please note the FACTS I have stated below.

    It amazes me how many of you are still brainwashed to call yourselves BLACK.
    Black is not an identity and scientifically black is not even a color. It is next to nothing. Black is the “color” of your car tires, not your skin. The white oppressive slave trader called you black and himself white to set up a contrast and to attach negative images and denotations to you based on a lie about color. Look up BLACK in the dictionary.

    Research even shows that blacks are perceived by other groups as very different from African Americans. But we still keep calling ourselves what someone else defined us as, what we are not and what has a negative dictionary denotation in society. WAKE UP. LOOK AT THE REAL COLOR OF YOUR SKIN. YOU ARE NOT BLACK. You are an African American. The lie of calling us black and defining us by color (the wrong color) has been in place so long that our people accept it as truth – but it’s not. Know your colors.

    Native Americans do not allow others to call them red men. Asians do not accept being called yellow men. Hispanics do not answer to “what’s up brown man”. And Caucasians are not white, notebook paper is white. Wake up and see the plan where white racist supremacists plotted to redefine our people from Africa. STOP CALLING YOURSELF SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE NOT!

    Black is the “color” of your car tires, not your skin author. Being called “black” is a lie and it should be offensive. Haitians, Jamaicans and even Africans do not accept being called “black”, Why do you think that is? They are identified by tribes, klans, geographic areas and their respective countries. By using the very term black to describe us, we are doing the following:

    1. Using a term white oppressors and slave masters gave us.
    2. Letting someone else define us other than our own people.
    3. Calling ourselves something we are not.
    4. Buying into thee lie and the negative denotation. Check the dictionary.
    5. Being set apart in a way that no other ethnic group allows. Native Americans are not called Red Man. Asians are not called Yellow Man. Hispanics are not called Brown Man. They do not and will not accept being defined by color and by some other race or ethnic group at that.
    6. Ignoring our actual color (brown) which means brainwashing has worked. Any time someone can get an entire race, ethnic group or culture to ignore what they are and call themselves what they factually are not, THEY HAVE BEEN INDOCTRINATED, ASSIMILATED AND BRAINWASHED.
    7. Playing right into the oppressor’s profiles and stereotypes. Did you know studies show there is a different perception of black people than there is of African Americans? Words create perceptions and perceptions create actions towards us.

    WAKE UP. You know your colors. And even though others around the world equated our ancestors with the color of the soil in Africa or the meaning of negro/negroid, that does not change the fact that WE ARE BROWN – NOT BLACK.
    Facts are facts and YOU ARE BROWN, NOT BLACK. When you receive the revelation of why they keep calling African Americans “black” and Caucasian people “white”, you may just wake up!

    STOP LETTING OTHER GROUPS DEFINE YOU WITH AN OBVIOUS LIE that we have heard and accepted so much that we believe it’s true and forget our colors. The de-programming has to take root or African Americans will forever be defined, limited and oppressed by those who get us to accept a lie.

  3. Arthur says:

    Thank you, Pelvo White, for advancing the discussion. Everything you have said is correct. And you have established a window, an opening to get into a very important issue.

    There is a difference between de jure (discrimination enforced by written law) and de facto (discrimination by unwritten custom). The civil rights laws have eliminated discrimination backed by force of law, but traditions die hard. And that is why, yes, we need to become more politically (and economically and culturally) aware.

    What is also interesting about the present moment is that the idea of “passing for white” is a largely meaningless term. If someone “believed to be white” is discovered to have Black ancestors, there is no legally enforceable action to be taken against them.

  4. Pelvo White, Jr. says:

    There is definitely legal benefits or detriment to one’s assignment to the black or white race. America is a nation that tries to keep track of the race of every inhabitant of this country. This done because white skin matters in America.This belief has poisoned the minds of all of the inhabitants of America. The legal history of the African American screams this very fact. African Americans, as citizens of this country have never been treated fairly by the law. The first thing that practitioners of the law notice when considering the rights of a citizen is the color of their skins. The law, to this date is detrimental to the existence of the African American. Run away chattel slaves were hunted down by law enforcement and returned to slavery. Reverend Nat Turner was hunted down, and killed with the blessings of the law. The abolitionist John Brown was legally hanged by the neck until dead for forcefully freeing chattel slaves. A Civil War was legally prosecuted to free the chattel slave. There were several legal reconstructions after the Civil War before congress was agreed on the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Claude Neal was brutalized, tortured, butchered, and hanged by an angry white mob and no one has ever been tried by a legal court for these violations of this black man’s civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot to death, and his killer, who was caught in England, was comfortable housed in a prison for the rest of his life. The body of the law of America is filled with the detrimental effects of the law on the evolution of the African American citizen.Today the law is being used to fill the prisons with black men and women thereby breaking up their homes and families. Our children walk the streets of America protesting the fact that black lives continue to not matter. African Americans do have the legal right to educate themselves and collectively perceive their contemporary relationship with the law and work to improve this relationship by becoming more politically involved. African Americans should run for offices at the federal, state, and local levels and make a positive difference in the way we are presently perceived by the law in America.

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