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Former Head of Bureau of Very important Statistics in New Orleans, Naomi Drake, modified the race on 1000’s of beginning certs from “white” to black” from 1949-1965 in her quest to “catch” anybody with Black heritage

I solely heard about this for the primary time at the moment. I knew a little bit concerning the Jim Crow South, however not so much. I had no concept there was such a “gotcha” perspective to individuals who have been even famous as white on their beginning certificates.



The story actually affected me on a private stage at the moment. My nice gram Lola left Louisiana within the Thirties as a girl of shade and raised us in NY as “French”. I used to be researching for a documentary collection Ive been releasing on youtube known as “Discovering Lola” ( I will not hyperlink so this submit is not eliminated for spam)–where Im working by the historical past of white-passing in my household and the circumstances round that in each Louisiana and NY. To be trustworthy, I began the challenge indignant at my Gram Lola for mendacity to the entire household about our heritage, however now I really feel….shocked. Unhappy for her and the way a lot she tried to guard the entire household one of the best she might. The article notes that the “one drop rule” (1/32 African) was nonetheless in impact till 1983. Solely THREE years earlier than I used to be born. In NY, we have been white. In Louisiana, we have been Black—and in peril. This was not that way back.

Comments ( 3 )

  1. That’s absolutely nuts. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I can only imagine its a similar case, here in Australia, which led to indigeneity to be supressed out of fear of economic and violent oppression.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. This is crazy! I’ve seen my dad’s birth certificate from Louisiana, it says “colored”, same thing for my cousin born in 1989, she’s blonde, blue eyed and could pass if she wanted to. I was shocked to see it. I was born in London, UK, no race on my birth certificate.

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