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Who Are The Redbones?


A Redbone is a person of mixed racial heritage who is a member of a group which defines its relationship to the dominant culture in a certain way.

The racial mix may be any combination of two or more of the following: Native American, European Caucasian, Asians (i.e. English, French, Irish, Welsh), or Portuguese, Spanish, Moor, Turk), and any of the various Negroid sub-groups.

Physical characteristics are varied but typically include a dark skin, often with a copper hue, high cheekbones, dark eyes, dark straight hair, and no single body type. Less often they are of lighter skin, blue eyes, and blond hair. In those persons with some Negroid genetics Negroid features may be evident, such as darker skin, curly hair, wide nose, and thick lips.

The cultural milieu is one where the group members band together for protection against a perceived hostile dominant culture. They often, in times past, have isolated themselves from the dominant culture taking a physical stand to protect their territory and discourage intermarriage with members of the dominant culture and prohibit or try to prohibit intermarriage with persons of African heritage.

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Who Are The Redbones?
A Range of Complexions

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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