[RE-POST] The Urban Myth of Paper-Bag, Blue-Vein & Other Features-Based 'Tests'
. A Commentary on ... The Urban Myth of the Allegations of the Practice of: -- Paper-Bag / Blue-Vein (Skin Color), -- Fine-Toothed Comb (Hair Texture);
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, Nov 14, 2011
A Commentary on ... The 'Urban Myth' of the Allegations of the Practice of: -- 'Paper-Bag' / 'Blue-Vein' (Skin Color), -- 'Fine-Toothed Comb' (Hair Texture); -- 'Ruler-Gauge' (Facial Features) and/or --- other allegedly"Colorism"-Based 'Tests'.
The Long-Discredited (and utterly ridiculous) Urban Legend, that the Mulattoes, (or any other groups that were of a part-Black / Mixed-Race Ancestral Lineageand found on the continental United States) had (as a generally, common or other activity) engaged in the practice of any sort of a 'Paper Bag' / 'Blue Vein' (skin-coloring) or a 'Fine Toothed Comb' (hair-texture) or a 'Ruler-Gauge' (facial-features), etc. "Tests" as 'a-point-of-entry' into familial (ex. dating, marriage, etc.) and / or any social situations (ex. churches, fraternal orders, social clubs, etc.) is quite simply NOT in any way, shape or form SUPPORTED BY any type of objective or verifiable HISTORIC RECORD.
[[[[[ NOTE: Other Common -- and equally-discredited -- Multiracial-Lineage 'Bashing' Myths and Urban Legends include the following ...
--- The "Willie Lynch Letter / Speech' Hoax (the letter has been repeated proven by multiple historians and researchers to have been total fraud);
--- The 'The Darker-Complexioned/Full-Black Enslaved people were Traded at a Lesser-Price (i.e. The "By the Dozens") Lie (when historical record shows that, in reality, the darker-complexioned / full-black enslaved people were looked upon as being of a stronger, longer-lasting, better-'breeding' "thoroughbred" stock -- and thus, like most other "thoroughbreds" were sold at a much higher price at slave-auctions than were chattel-slaves of multiracial-lineage who were generally looked upon as "mongrelized" mutts that were easily produced via 'rape' and, thus, easier to 'replace');
--- The "Most of the Chattel-Slaves of Mulatto / Multiracial Lineage were the offspring of the 'Plantation Owners' and the 'Gentry' Class" Lie (when, in reality, what the historical record actually shows is that the overwhelming vast majority of the Mulatto-lineage chattel-slaves were the result of rapes by the White plantation Overseers --- and were not the offspring of the plantation Owners).
The truth of the matter -- as shown by the historical record (i.e. articles, diaries, books, reports, interviews, etc.) is that -- when certain of the full-Black formerly-enslaved people realized the extent to which most Mixed-Race formerly enslaved people practiced -- much like the majority of the people of the world at that time -- 'Endogamy'* (i.e. the making of the choice to marry / have children with someone who is a part of one's 'own group'), their outrage and feelings of rejection and jealousy caused some of them to engage in the activity of Mulatto-Bashing and anti-Mulatto Rumor-Mongering. And it was often, this very activity that led to the spreading of these urban legends and myths as being "common knowledge" about the people and the communities that were of Mulatto-lineage.
[* Note: The practice of 'Endogamy' (i.e. marrying "one's own kind") was actually very common for people of any lineage or group (including that of Mulatto-lineage) and, generally, no issues were taken with it --- until the late 1960's / early 1970's when the appearance of the very divisive 'Black Power Movement' (which had usurped the very successful 'Civil Rights Movement') suddenly began to target and falsely condemn the practice of 'endogamy' by people of Mulatto-lineage (and Mulatto-lineage, only) as being "racist" and "colorist" against the people who were of a full-Black lineage.]
Once the antebellum (chattel-slavery) era came to an end on the continental United States of America, and numerous communities became established, it then seemed that certain of the various full-Black people & families began to engage in a sharing of spurious "tales" wherein they (or someone they knew) had "heard about" a church, fraternity, sorority, social club, etc. that had both either been founded by or had a number of members who were individuals of a Mulatto-lineage and had also allegedly rejected a full-Black person solely for having had curly hair (rather than straight hair); and/or for having had brown skin (rather than tan, beige, or white skin); and/or for having had either non-visible or visibly 'green' arm veins (rather than 'blue' arm veins).
And yet, no one ever questioned the fact that the very features a person was alleged to have been 'rejected' for having (ex. curly hair texture; brown skin coloring; and either non-visible or 'visibly-green' arm veins; etc.) were the very same features that were common to 'the average' person who was of a Mulatto-lineage (which would have meant that the Mulattoes would have then been the biggest 'rejectees' of such clubs -- rather than the 'rejectors' at such clubs -- and thus, would have also proven that these "clubs" simply and more than likely did not and had never actually existed in reality.)
However, so popular (and quite often even profitable) was the spreading of these urban myths and legends, that a number of well-respected writers who were of Mulatto-lineage (ex. Charles Chestnutt, who was the author of 'The Wife of His Youth and other tales') occasionally even engaged in the spreading of such "yellow journalism" (no pun intended) in some of their writings.
(Hopefully, these writers were just trying to create dialogue and 'pay their bills' and, did not realize the public-relations damage that would impact people of Mulatto-lineage for generations to come as a result of the spreading of these urban legends and myths.)
Thus -- other than the urban legends, racial myths, rumor-mongering and "yellow journalism" about the alleged (and unproven) existence of any type of 'Blue-Vein' Societies or implementation of any type of 'Paper-Bag' or 'Fine-Toothed Comb' Tests -- no actual historical evidence has ever been presented that has convinced most historians that any such actual 'tests' or 'societies' were ever implemented (at least not in any large numbers or as a common or frequent practice) among the people of Mulatto-lineage on the continental United States of America.
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