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Tracing Persons Passing for White

Here lately I notice this in the Afrigeneas forums a lot, how this person and that person seems to be passing for white, and how it is sometimes difficult in locating that relative because that relative will not reveal a lot. I notice even in Shirlee Taylor Haizlip's book "Sweeter the Juice" how it took her so long to locate those missing persons passing for white. She however did become a bit lucky. How then do we become that lucky? So how do we really prove that the white person down the street or across the nation is our Cousin Sue or our Uncle Bud? I have seen in some cases where a white person did have some of the features of some of my relatives, and I do belive that person was a relative. Some folks said that even my grandfather John House looked like a white man. Wonder what would have happened if he had decided to pass for white rather than stay with his family. Then of course I look at it in another fashion. John House was always away working somewhere in Asheville, N.C. and would come home to Gold Hill, N.c. on the weekends.

Wonder if he passed for white somewhere else. One never can tell.

Joseph

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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