Racist relatives “mulatto”. Couldn’t tell them.

Tim Brown,
Millington, TN.

I grew up in a very large Southern white family of absolutely insufferable racists. While researching our family’s genealogy, a cousin of mine found that the US Census listed many of our not-so-distant ancestors as “mulatto”, a term generally reserved to describe people who were half white and half black. We couldn’t tell anyone in the family this- especially my grandparents and thei siblings- as we feared that either it would kill them or that they would disown us. Imagine the irony of a diehard racist going to his grave with no clue that he was a part of the very thing he hated.

 

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