AfriGeneas World Research Forum
Criminalizng African Ancestry
In Response To: Interracial Voices ()
"Like most foreigners I have pondered the fixation of the United States with making African ancestry into some sort of agent which converts the holder into "100% black", regardless of the percentage of the African ancestry. As A.D. has repeatedly pointed out, exceptions abound, from Caribbean Latinos like myself to Middle Easterners and others. Yet, the U.S. is still in the grips of what I call "a criminalizing appraisal of African ancestry". Why do I say that? I say that because, up to recently, "whites" have been loath to admit to African ancestry, like Indian ancestry, for example. R.P. Stuckert wrote an article back in 1958 called "African Ancestry in the White Population," [Ohio Journal Of Science, 58, no. 3, 155-160]. If African ancestry were not a "criminalizing" element, then those "whites" with African ancestry would have been happy to admit to it. If fact, the word "passing" describes a process whereby this criminalizing African ancestry is hidden."
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