Saturday, February 17, 2007

White Man's Burden....of Proof?

"It was just 85 years ago, in 1922, in the fascinating case of Rollins v.
Alabama, that a black man named Jim Rollins was tried and convicted for
'miscegenation'--the crime of having sex with a white woman. On appeal,
Rollins' conviction was overturned because the woman in question, Ms. Edith
LaBue, was a Sicilian immigrant, a fact that the court held could in no
sense be taken as conclusive that she was therefore a white
woman...Italians--like Irish, Jews, Poles, Greeks and now Hispanics and
others--have struggled in our history to achieve 'whiteness.'" [ABC]

The decision....

(nod to KL)