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  • multiracialbookclub
    ... Article: The One-drop rule -- part of racist past ... It has been called the most evil Rule the U.S. ever devised. It was crafted during one of the
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 21, 2006
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      Article: 'The One-drop rule' --
      part of racist past
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      It has been called the most
      evil "Rule" the U.S. ever devised.


      It was crafted during one of the most shameful periods
      in America's history -- the brutal enslavement of
      African people in the deep South in the 1800s.

      It was later used by hate-filled segregationists during
      much of the 1900s in the South and the West...

      What rule is this?

      The "One-Drop Rule," which essentially states
      that if a person has `even one African ancestor',
      that person must [be categorized] as `Black'.

      Let's take a closer look at it.

      Scientifically, does it make any sense?
      None whatsoever!
      Long ago, the scientific community rejected
      the notion of three distinct racial groupings...

      Lastly, if one employs the common-sense
      test, the 'One-Drop Rule' fails miserably.

      Now that it's been intellectually discredited, one
      might ask how did the rule ever get to this stage?

      In a nutshell, here's how it happened.

      Wealthy Southern slaveholders wanted to increase
      their stable of enslaved Africans, so they mandated
      that anyone with any African blood had to be a slave.

      In the post-slavery era, vicious segregationists in many
      pockets across the U.S. didn't want to live or interact
      with former slaves (or anyone who resembled them).

      Finally, the federal government stepped in
      during the civil rights era of the 1960s and
      1970s to attempt to dismantle segregation.

      Shifting to the federal government's role, the racial
      categories in the U.S. Census that are arbitrarily
      created by a small group of Washington bureaucrats
      have evolved substantially over the decades.

      FOR MOST OF THE U.S.'s HISTORY, A CATEGORY
      CALLED "MULATTO" EXISTED FOR PEOPLE OF
      MIXED RACIAL ANCESTRY, WHICH WAS
      GENERALLY THOUGHT OF AS AFRICAN
      AND ANY OTHER COMBINATION.

      IT WAS DELETED IN THE 1930 CENSUS,
      IN FAVOR OF `THE ONE-DROP RULE'.


      (Let's keep in mind that these same bureaucrat geniuses
      decided in the 1960s that people from the Middle East and
      India, `no matter how dark complexioned', were 'White'.)

      [In addition, these same bureaucratic "geniuses"
      decided in the 1990 Census that anyone of
      `any part "black"-admixture' would be listed
      as being a part of the `Ethnic' grouping known
      as `African-American'  –-- no matter the fact
      that the true `African-Americans' are actually
      a unique "Multi"-Racial `Ethnic' group created
      via a unique `historical experience'.]

      Maybe they're finally getting the message.

      The 2000 census included many different
      race categories, and for the first time said:
      "Check as many boxes as apply".

      It also included a section called "some other race"...

      Clearly, a large segment of our local residents don't want to
      box themselves into one of the conventional race categories.

      Instead, they identify with a combination of the conventional
      categories, or none of the conventional categories.

      In conclusion, Thurgood Marshall, the brilliant
      Supreme Court justice and Civil Rights hero,
      may have been correct when he stated,
      "It is evil for a nation to use `arbitrary'
      racial categories to classify its citizens".


      And I hope that the use of these
      categories eventually fades away.

      But as long as they are still being used,
      we may as well continuously improve them.

      And one huge improvement is in the scrapping of the
      'One-Drop Rule, an evil, ugly relic from a shameful
      period, created many generations ago.

      (---article written by Michel De Luz
      http://www.southcoasttoday.com/daily/12-02/12-18-02/a12op061.htm)

      Michael De Luz is a former college professor
      who has authored numerous research articles.
      He currently teaches math and coaches sports
      at the New Bedford Global Learning Charter School.)

    • tlbaker1
      (Let s keep in mind that these same bureaucrat geniuses decided in the 1960s that people from the Middle East and India, `no matter how dark complexioned ,
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 22, 2006
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        (Let's keep in mind that these same bureaucrat geniuses
        decided in the 1960s that people from the Middle East and
        India , `no matter how dark complexioned' , were 'White'.)

         

        This is still on the census form even today!!!

         


        From: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
        [mailto: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com ]
        On Behalf Of
        multiracialbookclub
        Sent: Sunday, October 22, 2006 12:57 AM
        To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: The 'One-Drop Rule' -- a
        part of racist past (and present)

         

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        Article: 'The One-drop rule' --
        part of racist past
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        It has been called the most
        evil "Rule" the U.S. ever devised.


        It was crafted during one of the most shameful periods
        in America 's history -- the brutal enslavement of
        African people in the deep South in the 1800s.

        It was later used by hate-filled segregationists during
        much of the 1900s in the South and the West...

        What rule is this?

        The "One-Drop Rule," which essentially states
        that if a person has `even one African ancestor',
        that person must [be categorized] as `Black'.

        Let's take a closer look at it.

        Scientifically, does it make any sense?
        None whatsoever!
        Long ago, the scientific community rejected
        the notion of three distinct racial groupings...

        Lastly, if one employs the common-sense
        test, the 'One-Drop Rule' fails miserably.

        Now that it's been intellectually discredited, one
        might ask how did the rule ever get to this stage?

        In a nutshell, here's how it happened.

        Wealthy Southern slaveholders wanted to increase
        their stable of enslaved Africans, so they mandated
        that anyone with any African blood had to be a slave.

        In the post-slavery era, vicious segregationists in many
        pockets across the U.S. didn't want to live or interact
        with former slaves (or anyone who resembled them).

        Finally, the federal government stepped in
        during the civil rights era of the 1960s and
        1970s to attempt to dismantle segregation.

        Shifting to the federal government's role, the racial
        categories in the U.S. Census that are arbitrarily
        created by a small group of Washington bureaucrats
        have evolved substantially over the decades.

        FOR MOST OF THE U.S. 's HISTORY, A CATEGORY
        CALLED "MULATTO" EXISTED FOR PEOPLE OF
        MIXED RACIAL ANCESTRY, WHICH WAS
        GENERALLY THOUGHT OF AS AFRICAN
        AND ANY OTHER COMBINATION.

        IT WAS DELETED IN THE 1930 CENSUS,
        IN FAVOR OF `THE ONE-DROP RULE'.


        (Let's keep in mind that these same bureaucrat geniuses
        decided in the 1960s that people from the Middle East and
        India , `no matter how dark complexioned' , were 'White'.)

        [In addition, these same bureaucratic "geniuses"
        decided in the 1990 Census that anyone of
        `any part "black"-admixture' would be listed
        as being a part of the `Ethnic' grouping known
        as `African-American'  –-- no matter the fact
        that the true `African-Americans' are actually
        a unique "Multi"-Racial `Ethnic' group created
        via a unique `historical experience'. ]

        Maybe they're finally getting the message.

        The 2000 census included many different
        race categories, and for the first time said:
        "Check as many boxes as apply".

        It also included a section called "some other race"...

        Clearly, a large segment of our local residents don't want to
        box themselves into one of the conventional race categories.

        Instead, they identify with a combination of the conventional
        categories, or none of the conventional categories.

        In conclusion, Thurgood Marshall, the brilliant
        Supreme Court justice and Civil Rights hero,
        may have been correct when he stated,
        "It is evil for a nation to use `arbitrary'
        racial categories to classify its citizens".


        And I hope that the use of these
        categories eventually fades away.

        But as long as they are still being used,
        we may as well continuously improve them.

        And one huge improvement is in the scrapping of the
        'One-Drop Rule, an evil, ugly relic from a shameful
        period, created many generations ago.

        (---article written by Michel De Luz
        http://www.southcoa sttoday.com/ daily/12- 02/12-18- 02/a12op061. htm)

        Michael De Luz is a former college professor
        who has authored numerous research articles.
        He currently teaches math and coaches sports
        at the New Bedford Global Learning Charter School .)

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