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
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.
"'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.