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“He's sufficiently hypodescent, is mastering the language, and we're proud of him, yo.”
“The "one-drop rule", also known as hypodescent, dates to a 1662 Virginia law on the treatment of mixed-race individuals.”
“For some African American families, raising a child as “biracial” rather than Black was not seen as a challenge to the rule of hypodescent the idea that children take the status of the partner with the perceived lower financial or social privilege, but as a sign that the relative in the relationship or the child was or could be disloyal to African Americans.”
“Only our silly hypodescent system in the US keeps folks stuck in a socially constructed racial category.”
“For some African American families, raising a child as biracial rather than Black was not seen as a challenge to the rule of hypodescent, but as a sign that the relative in the relationship or the child was or could be disloyal to African Americans.”
“Throughout American history the rule of hypodescent and the tragic mulatto image have shaped views of biracial children.”
“But this much can be said for the folks who wrote such nasty rules: They may have been no better than most other Americans, but they were no worse either, at least in their tendency to apply the hypodescent rule in their own minds, often unconcsiously.”
“Since all humans - and most nonhumans for that matter - identify with their own clan from infancy, you would think all races would show the same hypodescent bias in favor of their own group.”
“To make things simple in a land in which plantation owners were already taking sexual liberties with their slaves, the lawmakers established what they called the "one-drop" rule - also known as hypodescent - declaring that any person with mixed blood who resulted from such a pairing would be assigned the race of the nonwhite parent.”
“The persistence of hypodescent serves to reinforce racial boundaries rather than moving us toward a race-neutral society," Ho said.”
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