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Sororophobia by Helena Michie and Black Female Sexuality in Death by Deborah E. McDowel

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Passing Historically, people were allowed certain rights and privileges based only on their skin colour. Persons of darker skin are often less opportune; persons of lighter skin are almost automatically glorified. But, with the mass interracial breeding, lots of African American descendants started to seem "white" even though they were of "black" descent. Many "mulattos" used this to their advantage to obtain higher social standing and esteem. The action of identifying as another race and hiding one's true race is known as "passing" In the brief novel, "Death" by Nella Larsen, it follows two childhood friends of mixed-race, Irene Westover/Redfield and Clare Kendry, who later reconnected later in their different adult lives; both seem to have light complexion but one adopts her ancestry while the other attempts to "pass" as another thing. The latter's decision usually ends unpleasantly. So while it may seem beneficial to "pass," the end result is that the truth will come out. Literary articles which critique "Passing" such as "Sororophobia" by Helena Michie and "Black Female Sexuality in Passing" by Deborah E. McDowell discusses the issues of passing. Juanita Ellsworth's "White Negros" provide scenarios where skin color played a element in education and professional experiences. Louis Fremont Baldwin's "Negro to Caucasion, Or How the Ethiopian Is Changing His Skin" explains the different ways people pass and how it can be undetected. Blatantly "passing" as a different race can lead to catastrophe and must be avoided. People are treated so differently depending on the color of their skin. Skin color was a huge deciding factor on marriage and creating offspring. Clare is described to have ivory colored skin despite of her mi...

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