Re: How an act of 'Loving' destroyed a racist "rule"
- Thanks for this information. It will be great to hand out at the Loving Day celebration I'm planning for June 2012 in DC. I also mention how ridiculous the one drop rule concept is in one of my blog posts "Myths of Being Bi-racial." Check it out at http://www.apriloutloud.com/2007/12/myths-of-being-bi-racial.html
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Subject: [Generation-Mixed] How an act of 'Loving' destroyed a racist "rule"
Ever heard of ...
'Loving VS. Virginia'
(a.k.a. 'The "Loving" Case')?!
The United States Supreme Court case entitled 'Loving Vs. The
State of Virginia' -- or 'The "Loving" Case' -- is what led to
the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that resulted in the
legal-BANNING of the racist-'One-Drop Rule' throughout
the entire United States (U.S.) as well as all of its' territories..
The racist-`One-Drop Rule' was --- the non-scientific (but often
legally-enforced) social-construct that made the false-claim
that the "Black blood" (no matter how small the amount -- even
down to a mere 'one' drop) that was found in a Mixed-Race person's
ancestry was so very `tainted', `filthy' and `contaminated' that
it had quite literally (and eternally) managed to `annihilate'
ALL of their `other' (i.e. non-Black) bloodlines and thus
somehow ("magically", one supposes) rendered that person
as being racially "black" (in spite of any `evidence'
physically visible or otherwise -- to the contrary).
The racist-`One-Drop Rule' was created by Racial-Supremacists with
the open goal of `degrading' and `stigmatizing' the Black ancestry
and bloodlines of full-Black people as well as of the Mixed-Race people
who had ANY amount of Black lineage -- and had the additional intent
of `punishing' any person who's parentage or ancestry indicated that
the social-construct of the "color line" had been "crossed" or "blurred".
[[[Up until the short-lived, spurious, often violent and rather divisive
`Black-Power Movement' (which, very much like the `rap / hip-hop'
music-genre of today, was actually imported to the United States from
the West Indies Islands), of the late 1960s / early 1970s, had managed
to usurp the very progressive, non-violent, empowering and unifying,
`Civil-Rights Movement, of the early 1950s / late 1960s --- the vast
majority of the people of the United States who had been racially
categorized as `Negro' (for those who were of `full-Black' Lineage)
and / or as `Colored' (for those who were of `part-Black' Lineage)
[both groups of which in modern times are often generally noted
as being "black"-categorized] openly despised and worked to
legally and socially fight against the racist-`One-Drop Rule'
along with it's `degradation' and `stigmatization' of Black lineage.
(Magazine Articles -- Jet / September 16. 1954 and Ebony / April, 1952
-- that were written during the progressive 'Civil Rights Movement'
and prior to the divisive 'Black Power Movement' -- commenting
on the preposterous effects of the racist 'One-Drop Rule'')
(Still shots of Mixed-Race Actress, Fredi Washington in her two most famous
anti-'One-Drop Rule' films -- 'Imitation of Life' & 'One Mile From Heaven')Once the `Black-Power Movement' came into effect, however, many
if not most of the "black"-categorized people of the United States were
often subjected to severe bullying and other very strong social-pressures
to simply "accept" and "tolerate" (perhaps even "embrace" and "promote")
the existence of the `black-linage degrading' and openly racist `One-Drop
Rule' (in spite of the fact that it was legally-banned in 1967) --- and all
under the ridiculous guise of so-called "racial pride" and "racial unity".
The reality of the situation was that .. with everyone (no matter
how obviously of Mixed-Race Lineage and / or of Interracial Parentage)
suddenly finding themselves under the `umbrella' (and false)
label of "black" entirely new "issues" (such as a change in the
"look" of "black" beauty, leadership, etc.) arose as "the Mixed-Race
Face" then suddenly became "The Standard" for all-things
"black" (leading to occasional conflict with and a feeling of rejection by
people who were actually-`Black', rather than being technically-"black").
(Black Actress: 'Vanessa Williams' -- and -- Mixed-Race Actress: 'Vanessa L. Williams')
(Black Singer: 'Kelly Rowland' -- and -- Mixed-Race Singer: 'Mariah Carey')(Black Actress: 'Gabriel Union' -- and -- Mixed-Race Actress: 'Lonette McKee')Thus, the forced-"embracing" and resigned-"acceptance" of the
racist-`One-Drop Rule' within the various "black communities"
found throughout the United States actually led to more conflict as
well as sense of confusion, division and feelings of separation and rejection
-- than it did to any true feelings or illusions of "racial-cohesion".
Science has repeatedly proven that "Black blood" is NOT
"filthy", "contaminated" or a "taint" and a non-racist should
NEVER even consider "embracing", "accepting", "promoting"
or even "tolerating" ANY obviously-racist concept (such as the
moronic `One-Drop Rule') that makes the vicious claim that it is
such ... not even in the name of so-called racial "pride" or "unity".
Here are more of THE FACTS on the racist 'One-Drop Rule'
(and on any social misapplication if said "rule" to people who
are of Mixed-Race Lineage that includes any part-Black ancestry).
The racist `one-drop' "rule" was made `illegal' in the U.S. in
1967 by the U.S. Supreme Court via the `Loving vs. VA' case
(i.e. The `Loving' case) where the U.S. Supreme Court ruled ...
--- 1) All `Anti-Miscegenation' Laws found throughout the U.S.;
--- 2) The racist `VA Racial Integrity Act'(upon which most
of the anti-miscegenation `laws' were founded); and
--- 3) The ('black-lineage mocking' and exceedingly) racist
`One-Drop Rule' (upon which the `Act' was based.)
as being `UN-Constitutional' (i.e. illegal, banned, etc.)
due to the fact that it was both 'racist' and 'unscientific'.]
(The 'Lovings' sitting with their attorney)
(The 'Lovings' after their victorious court case decision)
(A copy of the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court 'Loving' decision)
(Virginia was the first state (in 1662) to make it illegal
for any "colored" person to marry any White person.
(Between 1913-1947 a total of 30 states had laws against
interracial marriage and as late as 1966 such laws
were still 'valid' in 17 states, including Virginia.
In 1967 the Supreme Court struck down any
remaining laws prohibiting interracial marriage.
The 'Loving v. Virginia' case challenged AND defeated
BOTH Virginia's anti-miscegenation statute AND it's
"Racial Integrity Act of 1924 " (as well as the racist
'One-Drop Rule' upon which BOTH had been based).
"The Racial Integrity Act of 1924 " had required
that a racial description of every person be recorded
at birth (even going so far as to change the birth
records of people who were adults or even those
that were deceased) -- AND -- it ALSO held as
a 'Felonious' Offense any 'marriage' between
White persons and "non-white" persons (with
the penalties** going so far as to include the
possibility of prison terms and even loss
of one's children as 'wards of the State').[**Virginia Statue 1942 / Sec. 4546.
Marriage of a White person with a colored person; how punished.
If any White person intermarry with a colored person, or any
colored person intermarry with a White person, he shall be guilty
of a felony and shall be punished by confinement in the
penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years.].~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Here are THE FACTS on Mixed-Race Linage:
1) It is often a surprise for people to learn
that, in reality, there is actually No Such
Thing as a "Light Skinned Black" person.
2) Very few people seem to be aware of the fact
that the very term of "Light Skinned Black"
is simply a racist-oxymoron that was created
by Racial Supremacists in an effort to forcibly deny
Mixed-Race individuals and groups (who are either the
First-Generation Multiracially-Mixed (FGM-Mixed)
offspring of interracial-Parentage and/orwho are the
Multi-Generational Multiracially-Mixed (MGM-Mixed)
descendants of admixed-Ancestors) the right to fully embrace
and to receive public support in choosing to acknowledge
the truth regarding their full ancestral heritage and lineage.
3) The people who have been slapped with the false
label and oxymoronic misnomer of "Light Skinned
Black" person are simply Mixed-Race individuals.
(Richard Loving with his
Mixed-Race son, Donald)
(Mixed-Race Actress 'Karyn
Parsons' with her children)
.A Side-Note on MGM-Mixed / Mixed- Race Lineage.
A) The racist-label of "Light Skinned Black" is (more
often than not) commonly thrown in the face of the
Mixed-Race individuals and people groupings that are
Multi-Generational Multiracially-Mixed (MGM-Mixed)
(In order for a person or grouping to be considered as
Multi-Generational Multiracially-Mixed (MGM-Mixed)
-- they must be descendants of the families that have been
"of a CONTINUALLY Mixed-Race Lineage (that includes
at least 25% `other' admixture') THROUGHOUT all of
the multiple generations" --- starting with the very first
generation of racial-admixing up to the present generation.
And merely having a singular 'ancient-ancestor', or two, of
some 'other' admixture -- with all of one's other ancestors
having been of the same "race" category -- does NOT make
anyone of MGM-Mixed Lineage -- otherwise, nearly every
person on the planet could (falsely) claim to be MGM-Mixed.)
C) Seeing that every other Mixed-Race group is allowed
the dignity of receiving support in having itself referred to
by the term that it most prefers the question becomes
"Why should the situation be any different for
those Mixed-Race individuals who are of an
(MGM-Mixed) / Mixed-Race Lineage?".
D) If an MGM-Mixed / Mixed-Race individual would like
to be referred to by the term `Mixed-Race' (which is what
they actually are) -- rather than by that of "Light-Skinned
Black" (a term, which, once again, has the racist-origin of
being nothing more than an oxymoronic-phrase that was
both created and coined by Racial Supremacists in an
effort to try to deny these Mixed-Race people their
right to and support in publicly acknowledging and
also embracing their FULL-Lineage) --- there is no
reason that they (like every other group on the
planet, whether Mixed-Race or not) should not
be allowed the right to choose the term that
society uses in referring to them (and to have
their full-lineage acknowledged within that term).
(MGM-Mixed Actress: 'Nicole Ari Parker') (MGM-Mixed Actor: Brian Stokes Mitchel with wife and child)
(MGM-Mixed Actress: 'Vanessa L. Williams' & Family) (MGM-Mixed Actress: Jayne Overton)
Historical TRUTH VS. MYTH & Urban Legend
Listed below are links to data on the Historical MYTH
of a Color-Based / Slave-Role HIERARCHY as well
as the Urban LEGEND of Paper-Bag, Blue-Vein and
Other Allegations of Features-Based Entry `TESTS':
If there are any questions regarding the information
presented, I can be reached anytime at the email
address and / or websites noted below.
Thank you and have a good day.
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