[lit-ideas] Re: The One Drop Rule Lives

  • From: Thomas Hart <tehart@xxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 03 May 2012 22:23:35 -0400

Given the Eve hypothesis, that one woman who lived in Africa some 150-250,000 
years ago is the multi-great-grandmother of us all, everyone on the planet is 
of African origin.

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Thomas Hart

On May 3, 2012, at 10:19 PM, David Ritchie wrote:

> On May 3, 2012, at 6:35 PM, Thomas Hart wrote:
>> 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 
>> Cherokee.
>> 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."
> Imagine what DNA testing is going to do to our categories.  Last week's news 
> on the BBC was that farmers from the Mediterranean arrived in Norway at some 
> early point, to live alongside local hunter-gatherers.  Thus my red-haired 
> Norwegian student Leah Rebecca might want at some stage to think of herself 
> as Italian or Hispanic or, as you suggest, African.
> David Ritchie,
> probably not from the Chinese Celts

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