[lit-ideas] The One Drop Rule Lives

  • From: Thomas Hart <tehart@xxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 03 May 2012 21:35:29 -0400

The old principle that one drop of colored blood determines one's ethnicity 
seems to be alive and well. a candidate for Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat 
apparently got AA benefits because her great-great-great-grandmother was 
Cherokee. That's 3.125%, and it was sufficient for her to call herself a 

Given our origins in Africa, birth in the US, and immigration from various 
parts of Europe, and sundry other places, I've always felt it only appropriate 
to label myself as Afro-Slovenian-German-Irish-Native-American. You could also 
say "Other" on the form, and comment "None of your damned business."

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Thomas Hart

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