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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.
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.