Linda J. Alexander http://www.lindajalexander.net
I agree wholeheartedly that the concept of passing was a case of economics, as well as personal need. The society was such that a black person was treated very badly -- at best. They couldn't do for their family as well as a white person could. They couldn't be seen as a person of any merit because they weren't a white person. It was, I have to believe, a horrible period in time.
And then we have those folks who are already of mixed race. They are black, yet they are white; however, they can't really be either because the fabric of the world in which they live won't allow that to happen. Such a conflicted existence! And then when they become old enough, & if they're light-skinned enough, they find that by playing life by the rules laid out by the dominant leads -- right or wrong -- they can live a better life. Their families can live a better life.
I can't fault anyone who had to make that choice because they were tearing out half their heart to do so.
Blessings -- Linda
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