Crossing Color Line in Politics and Literature
Byline: Clive Davis, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Obama Effect is being felt in this household too. One reason I'm following this year's campaign particularly closely is that I like to see my people making their mark. By "my people," I mean mixed-race folk. My father, you see, was Jamaican (although he was actually born in Cuba, but that's another story) and my mother was a white Englishwoman with a large chunk of Welsh and Swedish ancestry thrown in for good measure.
When I was a child, in the 1960s, "half-caste" was still an acceptable term for people like me. Naturally, it always made me wince, and I was very glad when it was superseded by "mixed-race." The American word "biracial" has never gained a foothold on this side of the Atlantic, and I can't recall the last time that I heard anyone use the word "mulatto" …
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Publication information: Article title: Crossing Color Line in Politics and Literature. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: January 13, 2008. Page number: B06. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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