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- n. The facing of walls with thin slabs of marble or the like, or with stucco or plaster.
“So today we have people who never went to a lynching, never knocked a black child down the stairs for kicks, never practiced placage with their black maid or committed outright rape, and wouldn't even dream of or approve of such things being loathed by blacks who never experienced any of that but believe today's whites are still capable of this.”
“Under the placage system, it was acceptable for a white man to take a colored mistress - who was known as a placee - when she was as young as 12.”
“The whole placage system was created by French speaking Catholics in Saint-Domingue (Santo Domingo) and spread from there to Louisiana where non Catholics were not allowed to lived until the Americans purchased the area in 1803.”
“To tell her story, I have to describe placage, a firmly entrenched, deeply racist system in which Catholic women of mixed race became the mistresses of married white Catholic men and a palpable tension always descends over the room.”
“As for frequency, Coca-Cola, Wendy's, and AT & T are far more common in the language than glyceraldehyde, placage, and skyphos; yet the latter can be found in dictionaries usurping the space properly belonging to the former, which fulfill Landau's criteria of number, distribution in time and geography, and diversity of source.”
“(some of whom were relatives) and for whom, the placage system was a way of life.”
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From the GNU Webster's 1913:
"n. A massive, compact limestone; a variety of calcite, capable of being polished and used for architectural and ornamental purposes. The color varies from white ...
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