About that time Stebbins decided he was black, "culturally, socially and genetically." Needless to say, his mother, Neta, is supportive but puzzled by her son's claim.To hear her tell it, Mark's racial conversion was like one of Archie Bunker's worst nightmares about the seductiveness of ethnic foods."He came down here," she remembers, "tried some hot soul food and decided, 'Wow, this is for me.' Now he feels he's genetically black." Neither Neta nor her husband, Vern, a retired farm-board employee, has any black ancestors that they're aware of. A musician who played with some of the early greats of jazz, Mezzrow married a black woman, lived in Harlem, and called himself a "voluntary Negro." Unlike some of the others on this list, he doesn't appear to have tried to hide the fact that he wasn't "actually" black—except for the time he was imprisoned after being caught with marijuana at the 1940 World's Fair in Queens.This Just as we were having our pictures taken for the rogues' gallery, along came Mr.Employment on a train helped explain to Ada why he was so well traveled and so frequently absent from home.(Later he would claim to be a clerk and a steelworker too.) (and in other work) Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy suggests that such transformations as King's—and Stebbins', which Kennedy specifically cites—should be allowed so long as a "white" individual's self-identification as "black" is made in "good faith." A well-ordered multiracial society ought to allow its members free entry into and exit from racial categories, even if the choices they make clash with traditional understandings of who is "black" and who is "white" ...
It's an unusual story, but not one without precedent.Many people have asked me what it’s like being an American woman married to an Arab man.Some even ‘warned’ me before making the decision to get married.He slipped me a card with 'Block Six' written on it.I felt like I'd got a reprieve." under the assumed identity of, yes, a female slave.
It's an unusual story, but not one without precedent.
Many people have asked me what it’s like being an American woman married to an Arab man.
Some even ‘warned’ me before making the decision to get married.
He slipped me a card with 'Block Six' written on it.
I felt like I'd got a reprieve." under the assumed identity of, yes, a female slave.
Rather than seeking to bind people forever to the racial classifications into which they are born, we should try both to eradicate the deprivations that make some want to pass and to protect individuals' racial self-determination, including their ability to revise stated racial identities.