Although some of the questions on the 1930 census illustrated twentieth-century optimism regarding the potential for science to explain society’s ills, others reveal the persistence of older racial views. For example, instructions to census enumerators explained that a person who had both “White and Negro blood was to be returned as a Negro, no matter how small the percentage of Negro blood.” This categorization of mixed race individuals as “Negro” based on the existence of any black ancestry reflected the bureau’s continued reliance on nineteenth-century racial categories.
By contrast, racial guidelines regarding Native Americans were less stringent. Enumerators were told that someone part Native American and part African American should be listed as “Negro” unless the Indian blood predominated and the person was “generally accepted as an Indian in the community.” Someone with both white and Native American ancestry was to be listed as “Indian,” unless the percentage of Indian blood was very small and the person was “regarded as White in the community.” Hence the bureau decreed that Native American ancestry did not preclude an individual from being “white,” while African American ancestry did. The instructions to enumerators thus reflected an acceptance of a racial hierarchy, with white at the top, black at the bottom, and Native Americans occupying a hazy area in the middle. READ MORE
Curated by Jateko Ashanti
the thing is, people don’t lie to their kids about the holocaust of the jewish peoples by the nazis. How is it any harder to explain the holocaust of native people here in america to your kids?
all i’m sayin is, the excuse is up.
tell the real history so we can move forward.