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22 November 2013 @ 07:44 pm
When I was born, the "mixed" marriage (Jewish/Gentile) that produced me made conventional people have to suppress their gag reflex. That was more than 70 years ago. At Swarthmore in the 60s, there were enough of us Halfies to be a recognizable group, and by now that sort of thing is so ordinary it doesn't even register. We figured the same thing would happen with people of recognizably different "races," and it has. Some of today's Halfies.
fjmfjm on November 23rd, 2013 09:12 am (UTC)
That is a very weird page for a non American to read.

a) several of the people supposedly not visible as bi racial clearly are to someone from a culture where people are less scared of making the "wrong" call.
b) They are black? Because they have a black parent? And what does it mean?

ps, if you go to face book and look up either sarah devorah Mendlesohn or Nik Mendlesohn you'll find my siblings: Jewish, Jamaican, Irish
browngirl on November 23rd, 2013 02:02 pm (UTC)
Hey, fellow Jamaican!

I cringed at the list's title. The US has the weird and awful rule that someone with any discernible Black ancestry is therefore Black (a holdover from slavery which was used to justify enslavement).
fjmfjm on November 23rd, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
I just shuddered. Not saying the UK is not racist you understand, but most of us (particularly in the major cities) have a much blurrier sense of race.

I once had a "white" student (Irish by "blood") who thought of herself as Black. Why? Because when she was about a year old her mother married a black man. She grew up in Brixton, all her friends were Black, she married a Black man and she sounded "Black Brixton" on the phone. She hated going through customs because she got all the same hassle because of her voice.
Kalimackalimac on November 23rd, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I found it terribly unconscientious of them not to define "Black". On checking up on some of these, I find that they mean "Black enough that, if they'd lived in the antebellum South, they'd have been enslaved," which is a fair definition, but only to make a polemical point and only if you use it explicitly. Which they don't.

But racists do go on about this "taint" thing, which is why the eligible-for-slavery rule was written that way in the first place, so it's worth pointing out that, like all the other supposedly rigid dividing lines between people (male v. female, gay v. straight), race is actually fuzzy.