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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.
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.