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19 July 2017 @ 08:12 am
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Reading about the subprime scandal, I learned that Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide Financial, is a dark-skinned Italian who was once refused service at a Southern restaurant because of his pigmentation. When he told them he was Italian, the reply was, “That’s what they all say.”

The confusion remains:

* Mike Tirico

* Vivian Liberto (Johnny Cash’s first wife): Maybe Yes / Maybe No
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Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on July 19th, 2017 01:34 pm (UTC)
Ever read Pudd'nhead Wilson?
El Coyote Gordo: booksupergee on July 19th, 2017 03:08 pm (UTC)
I did, back in the 50s. Seemed like everyone else considered it a wonderful story and I though it was "Blood will tell."
Kalimackalimac on July 19th, 2017 03:21 pm (UTC)
The problem is that it can be read that way. And that is a problem. But I don't think that was Twain's intention. What he was trying to say was that breeding doesn't tell. Which was worth pointing out. And he was also pointing out the absurdity of the system that classified people as White or Black regardless of the existence of mixed ancestry.