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28 October 2016 @ 06:43 am
Just the other day on Facebook, John Clute, who definitely knows more words than anybody else now that Bill Buckley is gone, mentioned hypodescent: a system of racial classification where even "one drop" of blood defines a person born of mixed parentage as belonging to the subordinate (in socioeconomic terms) group. Today, we have an example: a Republican saying on television that Tammy Duckworth doesn’t look white enough to have ancestors who fought in the American Revolution.

ETA: And someone with a Spanish name is accused of Extreme Cultural Appropriation for attempting to make off with the obviously Caucasian word hence.
Kalimackalimac on October 29th, 2016 07:44 am (UTC)
Have you read Robert Silverberg's Dying Inside? It's about a man who ghostwrites term papers for college students. He uses his mild telepathic ability to poke around in their minds to figure out what would be plausible for them to write, but he's losing it (hence the novel's title), and is stumped when trying to find an appropriate voice to write a paper on Greek drama for a 1970s-era black activist.
Elenbarathielenbarathi on October 29th, 2016 08:14 am (UTC)
No, I never heard of that one, but I love Silverberg, and will have to get a copy! I ghost-wrote papers all through high school and college in the late 70's - a couple of them for black friends, who may or may not have been activists. Nobody looks too closely at your basic Comp 101 theme paper.