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- n. Alternative spelling of octoroon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See octoroon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as octoroon.
Is this where the word "octaroon" enters the parlance of the nation again?
Ferguson Supreme Court decision, which ushered in the "separate but equal" Jim Crow laws), who was "one-eighth Negro" also called "octaroon") would find that out when he was expelled from a Whites Only car of a train, and because he dared to sue for his rights, we got legal segregation for his efforts.
It was racists like you who coined terms like “octaroon” to make it clear that being even an eigth black made you black.
Heck, in Louisiana there was a whole vocabulary for the different "degrees" of blackness: octaroon, mulatto, etc.
Homer Plessy of Plessy v Ferguson fame, though of fair complexion, was officially an “octaroon” in the eyes of that state.neurodocQuote
Homer Plessy of Plessy v Ferguson fame, though of fair complexion, was officially an “octaroon” in the eyes of thatstate.
Two hundered years later, and we have once again social benefits being handed out differentially on the basis of whether or not one is “pure white” or a “quadroon” or a “octaroon,” or some other fragment of the racist imagination.
If one were to move past the octaroon level to the “one drop” standard, one could keep some kids really busy not to mention well-fed getting in touch with their heritage.
In the antebellum South, when being an “octaroon” could be used to deprive one of the benefits of “whiteness.”
It almost reminds me of the old southern categories of black including “octaroon” and that sort of thing.
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