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Unexpected Ancestry at the Crossroads of Identity and Genetics

The Cherokee Paradox

For much of human history the community tradition as related from elders to a new generation was the gospel as to one’s personal as well as group identity, with little other sources of information available to contradict it. Today, new developments in the science of human genetics have led toRead More

How Courts Decided If You Were A Slave

Some people mistakenly think that only Black Americans were slaves, and that all Whites were free. In fact, tens of thousands of White folks were slaves. Two points explain this odd fact. First, Whiteness back then was based on appearance. If you looked White and were accepted as White, thenRead More

The Rise & Triumph of The U.S. Color Line

Brief History of Census “Race”

Presents three topics: How the census has classified people, why they demand your “race,” and what is the penalty for refusing. Session E4 of a series on contemporary “racial” issues discussed in lectures on “The Study of Racialism.” For details including all sources, visit http://essays.backintyme.biz/item/57 .

The Rise & Triumph of The U.S. Color Line

The U.S. Rate of Black-To-White Passing

Shows several ways to compute the 0.10-0.14 percent per year rate at which European-looking youngsters born into the African-American community switch their self-identity from “Black,” to “White” or “Hispanic” after high school. Session C5 of a series of molecular anthropology topics discussed in lectures on “The Study of Racialism.” ForRead More

The History of “Race” in Science

The History of “Race” in Science. Inspired by Linnean biological categories, philosophers and scientists tried for two centuries to classify humans into biological groups. Some proposed as few as three “races”; others saw hundreds. All such schemes failed when subjected to tests of consistency and replicability. DNA reveals that weRead More

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