Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Adoption by Adrienne Morris

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Welcome to the third post from the archives of Adrienne Morris. This week Adrienne shares an encounter that demonstrates how we are all the same under the skin and that sometimes, the people we might least expect to understand that, are those who have endured hardship and alienation themselves, young though they might be.

Adoption by Adrienne Morris

“The old time blacks,” wrote James Thomas, “never used to take much stock in the ‘Yaller’ Nigger. They called him ‘No Nation,’ ‘a Mule,’ ‘yaller hammer.’”*

Mulattoes under slavery were in a tight spot. Often times a master’s half-white children were brought in as house slaves. Some were educated and some were eventually given their freedom. Andrew Ward suggests in his book  Dark Midnight When I Rise that some women slaves submitted to their masters for the very reason that their children might be seen differently and treated better—but by whom?…

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