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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

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The Perception of “Race” Traits

Three topics: (1) Why “race” is seen differently in different countries. (2) How U.S. children learn to see “race.” (3) The human instinct to see “otherness.” For details, including all sources, visit http://backintyme.com/essays/item/6 .

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

Why? What Did The Color Line Accomplish?

Part four of a four-part series on the origins of the U.S. color line. The United States is unique in preserving a genetic enclave of mostly African ancestry, resulting from an intermarriage barrier imposed in 1691. This session explains why it happened. For details, including all sources, visit http://backintyme.com/essays/item/22 .

The U.S. Afro-Euro Admixture

About one-third of White Americans have some detectable subsaharan DNA markers from slave ancestors who passed through the color line. Virtually all Black Americans have some Euro DNA markers. For details, including all sources, visit http://backintyme.com/essays/item/5 .  

How U.S. Courts Determine Your “Race”

Over the past four centuries, three hundred appealed court cases have determined disputed “racial” classification of American individuals. Why were they necessary? What yardstick did they use? How is this decided today? For details, including all sources, visit http://backintyme.com/essays/item/14 . Also of interest is http://backintyme.com/essays/item/34 .

The One Drop Rule

The one-drop rule is a U.S. folkloric tradition that someone of European appearance who rejects an African-American self-identity is “really Black,” like it or not, due to having “one drop” of known African ancestry, no matter how ancient. For a text version of this topic, visit http://backintyme.com/essays/item/422 . For theRead More

Essay's on The US Color Line

The Heredity of “Racial Traits”

Examines the heredity of those physical traits that assign Americans to the Black/White color line. Half the children of mixed parents inherit a skin tone between their parents, one-fourth come out darker than both, and one-fourth come out lighter than both. The lecture shows, with family photos, why African-American parentsRead More

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