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It's related to the concept of "racial ambiguity." Modern notions of race/racism are rooted in chattel slavery. Modern US society is organized around a racialized gender binary as an outgrowth of social & sexual dynamics on US slave plantations 1/
The binary served to establish a power dynamic between the European male plantation owner and the enslaved woman of African descent on his plantation. That was/is its essential purpose, to establish a hierachry of power, wealth & bodily autonomy. 2/
Other identities were/are then created as people are placed (& place themselves) within the hierarchy of power based on their resemblance to society's internalized image of the top of the power structure (wealthy white man) & bottom of the power structure (poor Black woman). 3/3
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