Subject: The Problem With Gregory Howard Williams
The Problem With Gregory Howard Williams:
Poster Child For The "One-Drop"
myth Of White Racial Purity
--- by A.D. Powell
It is no accident that Gregory Howard
Williams, a very white man who proclaims
himself to be "black," has received far
more television and newspaper publicity
that all the people in the Multi-Racial
Identity Movement put together.
Williams, Dean and Professor of Law at
the Ohio State University College of Law,
is being lionized by [racial ] elites who
are presenting his autobiography, Life on the
Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy
Who Discovered He Was Black, as the
ultimate statement on "race" and racial
intermixture in the United States.
Williams has appeared on national television
programs such as "Larry King Live,"
"The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dateline
NBC" and ABC's "Nightline. "
His book has even been made into a motion
picture for Fox-TV and will soon enter the
homes of millions of Americans to preach the
gospel of Hypo-descent and the "One Drop of
black blood" Myth of White racial-purity.
No one who challenges the Hypo-descent
mythology comes close to gaining
this kind of extensive publicity.
No books that seriously explore the variety
of the Multi-Racial experience, such
as the anthologies of Maria Root and
Naomi Zack, have been promoted by national
bookstore chains and reviewed in
almost every newspaper in the country.
Williams is a polished orator with
an emotional, dramatic delivery.
Every guilt-ridden liberal in the audience
is moved to tears as he vividly describes:
1- His idyllic "white" childhood in Virginia
and the day his "light mulatto" father
took Williams and his brother on a bus to
Muncie, Indiana and told them that they
were really "Colored [i.e. Mixed-Race]
2- How his [mono-racially] "White"
grandmother called him "n***er".
3- How Williams and his brother were beaten
and rejected [by others] ... after they
dutifully followed their father's instructions
to identify themselves as "Negroes
4- How his father never made more than a
thousand dollars a year after returning
to Muncie [allegedly] because he was "black
5- How Williams swore he would become an
attorney and "make something of himself"
to prove that Blacks are not "inferior.
6- How society forced him to be Black and
he "had no choice" once his [full lineage
which included] Black blood was revealed.
But ... here's what Williams and
his supporters won't mention:
1- Latinos and other partially-African
descended minorities and how they openly
"get away" with refusing a Black
[categorization] in a nation where
most "whites" are supposedly obsessed
with [the myth of] white racial "purity.
Williams also describes his
father, Tony Williams, as
"passing for" Italian or Greek
because of the darkness of
these "white" Wthnicities.
But why are these "white"
Ethnic groups so dark?
Could it be because of their geographical
closeness to Africa and their ancestors'
intermixture with Africans?
These are questions that Williams
and his supporters don't want
anyone to bring before the public.
2- His father's self-destruction.
Why did Tony Williams choose to return
to Muncie (the only city where he had
left a "colored" reputation) when he had
the entire United States to choose from?
Wasn't Williams' father typical of
"black-identified" non-Blacks in that
he policed himself and his family to
enforce the "One Drop" myth when no
outside force or person could have done it?
Williams loves to tell his audiences
that his father was wealthy in Virginia
because he was "white" there but never
made more than a thousand dollars a
year in Muncie [allegedly] because
he was [viewed as] "black".
Tony Williams was a drunk, a wife beater
(which is why Williams' "white" mother
took the two younger children and left),
a poor businessman (who didn't know what
to do when a nearby military base closed
and his tavern began to lose money), a
child abuser who took his sons from their
home and deposited them in a slum with his
alcoholic mother, and a lazy bum who
just decided to stop working
and wallow in self-pity.
The senior Williams was a "white" man in
the 50s when there were plenty of jobs.
[Even] coal-Black men were making
good money in the auto factories
and other unionized industries.
Tony Williams was not [a] "black"
[man] - he was [simply] a sick SOB.
3- Williams ignores the role of social
identification as opposed to genetics.
He called his mother a racist for abandoning
him and his elder brother, but doesn't explain
why this "racist" married Tony Williams with
full awareness of his Mixed[-race] ancestry
and produced four children with him.
Williams doesn't explain why his mother
raised his two younger siblings as
"white" even though they had the same
paternity and [so-called] "black blood
Williams delights in telling of the
privileged summers he spent with his
maternal grandparents in Muncie,
describing to a tearful audience h
ow his grandparents later rejected
him when he became Colored
If the problem had been Greg's "black blood,"
he wouldn't have been acceptable before.
By promoting the "One Drop" Myth of "no
choice," Williams has done far more than
any self-described racist to oppress people
of Mixed Racial ancestry who have
... traceable black ancestry
but [are not] Latinos.
It is extremely hard to point out the racist
nature of the Hypo-Descent myth when people
who paint themselves as opponents of racism
are the biggest supporters of the myth...
Williams has a right to tell his story or
call himself what he pleases, but he has
a moral obligation to cease using his
story to [force others to be categorized
as black] when they don't want to
be there and don't HAVE to be there.
Williams has a moral obligation to
make the following points in all his
interviews and personal appearances:
1- No [Multi-Racial person] is legally or
socially required to call themselves [by a
Mono-Racial terminology or categorization].
The presence of Latinos in this nation is
proof that Black blood does not preclude
identification with other racial labels
including Multi-Racial, Indian, Asian,
mestizo or even ... "white"...
2- Williams should cease ...referring to
his Mulatto or Multi-Racial father as a
"light-skinned black" (that [term] is an oxymoron).
Williams is not simply
selling his autobiography.
He is promoting the "One Drop" Myth and that
is why he has received so much publicity.
If Williams had lived the same tragic
childhood but ended up calling himself
"white," "Multi-Racial," or any label other
than Black, do you believe for a moment that
he would have received even a tiny fraction of
the publicity with which he has been showered?...