Monday, March 29, 2010

Nella Larsen, Homer Plessy, and Biraciality

                                                                          Nella Larsen
Mixed Chick and Author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, Heidi Durrow, provides a short biography on Nella Larsen.

Mixed Chicks define the "one-drop rule," which was used to discriminate against people of mixed race, no matter to what degree, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Professor McNair on the history of Plessy vs. Ferguson, the 1896 Supreme Court case in which the justices ruled that the institutional separation of the races--"separate but equal"--was constitutional under the law. This judgment on legal segregation--the most blatant form of institutionalized racism in 20th-century America--was not overturned until the famous Brown vs. Board of Education case in 1954.

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