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DarkSkintDostoyevsky @daniecal
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I talked about enslaved ppl using the courts to file suit before but the Hardaway V Robin case was really eye opening for me. Enslaved ppl suing for illegal enslavement on the grounds of having maternal Native American lineage further deepened black/white binaries in courts
So when we talk about anti-blackness it’s important to understand that this is something embedded in America’s fabric, enforcing ones distance from ‘black’ in some cases literally meant freedom from enslavement
As well as increasing opportunity to possibly have access to resources. Reinforcing ones distance from ‘blackness’ has been legally established as asserting ones personhood. That’s this countries foundation
So no you can’t divorce the inception of race from class. Not with our history . It’s not an either or thing they are inextricably linked
And also, historically our black/white binary was not something everyone agreed on initially. Even in the south there was support for designations of other races until it became clear that such designation could disrupt industry & class status
There were confederate soldiers against the 1 drop rule becoming law because they knew they’d be disenfranchised and denied class mobility. Aware they had distant blk relatives. In the end, the upper rung class of white ppl decided even other white ppl were disposable 🤷🏾‍♀️
*confederate generals* I mean.
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