History of the legal persecution of mixed-race people

Date: Sat, 10 Apr 1999 00:07:19 -0500
From: A.D. Powell
Subject: History of the legal persecution of mixed-race people

Dear Mr. Landrith:

Here are some references to counter the NAACP's lies that mixed-race
people in the U.S. have never been singled out for persecution and
discrimination:

THE EUGENIC ASSAULT ON AMERICA: SCENES IN RED, WHITE AND BLACK by J. David
Smith (George Mason University Press, 1993)
.

The Melungeon Home Page archives:  http://www.melungeons.org/archive/htm

Walter A. Plecker (1861-1946), was Virginia's chief of Vital Statistics.
He specialized in hunting down "mulattoes" who "passed" as "white" or
"Indian" – in other words, those who dared to defy the "one drop" myth by
exercising some choice in their "racial" classification.  His writing can
be accessed via The Melungeon Homepage.  He was also the author of
Virginia's 1924 Racial Integrity Act (the one used to prosecute Mildred and
Richard Loving), which attempted to banish non-white ancestry from the
"white race."   Plecker was a great admirer of  Nazi Germany's approach to
"race" and refused to condemn them even after the Holocaust was revealed.

The following articles from SEX, LOVE, RACE:  CROSSING BOUNDARIES IN NORTH
AMERICAN HISTORY.  edited by Martha Hodes (New York University Presss, 1999)
:

"'Shameful Matches': The Regulation of  Interracial Sex and Marriage in the
South before 1900" by Peter W. Bardaglio.

"Remapping the Black/White Body:  Sexuality, Nationalism, and Biracial
Antimiscegenation Activism in 1920s Virginia" by Barbara Blair.

"Miscegenation Law, Court Cases, and Ideologies of 'Race' in
Twentieth-Century America" by Peggy Pascoe.

These books can be ordered from www.Amazon.com or other bookstores.

A.D. Powell

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