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Identity Crisis and the Name Game

How does a race of people lose their identity?  I’m sure the Racial Integrity Laws passed in Virginia, in the 1920s, had something to do with it.  During that time, the Africans were mixing in with the copper-colored Indians and the Europeans didn’t like it.  So, laws were passed that reclassified the races down to only two categories – white or black.

The copper-colored Indians, along with the Africans, were labeled as “Black” on vital statistic records.  From there, they took on all of the other names given to this new combined group of people (colored, negro and African American).

Know Better:
Encyclopedia Virginia website:  Racial Integrity Laws of the 1920s

Do Better:
Stop excepting titles given to you and find out who you are by researching your ancestry.