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Re: Passing
In Response To: Passing ()

: How posing as white became a choice for many black Americans.

In Response To: Passing (Spivey)

My reaction to people who are "passing" is that their physical appearance has to be more of the European phenotype than African. This is only an issue when ones’ identity is validated by Europeans. A maternal uncle of mine was told to in New York and that he didn't have to suffer the indignities of the masses of our people, because he was "light" enough to pass. Of course this was the most African conscious in family and had volunteered to fight for Ethiopia after the invasion by Italy. After being denied the right to fight for an African nation he was later drafted into the U.S. Army. My uncle stated that... "Since you won't let me fight for my people, I won't fight for your people”. He was imprisoned for his stand. Europeans are divided into several phenotypes and that some that are classified as white in one culture are classified differently in others. They are represented by the Nordic, Alpine and Mediterranean. Africans are Niger-Kordofan, Nilotic, (a)Bantu and Twa. Of the types that overlap into both races are the Nilotic and Mediterranean. This overlap would include Khemites (Egyptian), Somalis, Ethiopian Iberian, Latin, Semites and Turks. So in order to become classified as a "White" person one would have to fit the phenotype of the Mediterranean who is just on the borderline. In many parts of the U.S., the Mediterranean type is classified as non-white, but for strategic reasons is utilized by the Nordics as a buffer between the Aryans and the African people. The Mulatto, Quadroon and Octoroon were the offspring of the Slave owner and the enslaved varying with the admixture or and more European blood. For all intents and purposes the Octoroon was more of the European phenotype than the former. Today they are classified variously as Melungeons, Brass Ankles, Cajuns and Creoles etc. As the phenomena of “Passing” have more to do with Euro-Validation than how we view ourselves, I find it simply as a strategy to access the power-grid. For what it’s worth, I find it an acceptable strategy to gain access to the secrets of the powerful and relay it to our people.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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