So, writing everyday is going to be difficult. I’m not ashamed to modify my New Year’s Resolution (what choice do I have?). I’ll work my way up to that daily thing. The weekend. Once a week for now, because I’m going to keep arriving at the end of the week and realizing that I haven’t written everyday. And I’ll write on the weekend to make up for it; until I work my way up to it.
At any rate, welcome to Neo-Black History Month! This year highlighting mulattoes. Mulattoes are an important part of black history and yet much of their history is hidden.
I have studied a bit of that history. As I said in an earlier post I have as yet only been able to follow that history up to the Harlem Renaissance when an intermediate socio-racial class, primarily mulattoes, many of them already free prior to the Civil War, merged with fairly recently liberated slaves to become a single people, a demographic now known as African-American. Some vestiges of the earlier two class dynamics, based on skin color, still remain in the 21st century, especially in leadership and the entertainment industry. So here I go, examining some of these vestiges. Thus begins the continuation of my study of the history of the mulatto.
Mulattoes have gained a new prominence in the era of the Neo-Black, roughly contemporary with the election of a half black president who surrounded himself with light skinned black colleagues. These light skinned Negroes may not have been “biracial” themselves, as in having a white parent, but they were descendants, visibly and ideologically, of the elite mulatto class of yore. Obama’s, to a large extent, was a mulatto administration.
Mulattoes at the helm of empire
Loretta Lynch: Is her skin light enough for the Obama administration?
“Get me a brown paper bag.”
Not many brown skinned, to say nothing of dark skinned blacks, at the top of that administration. I think Loretta Lynch barely made the cut. The vestiges of the seminal mulatto elite lingers on and even, as can be seen here, resurges in the Neo-Black era ushered in by the election of Barack Obama.