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Racial Passing Research Paper

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First, let me offer a definition of ‘passing’ for this paper. Passing is when someone downplays, ignores, and/or denies something about themselves in order to appear to be someone or something else. While the most common type of passing would be racial, there is also religious and sexual orientation passing. For this paper, I will focus on the history of racial passing. While the history of racial passing reached its peak during the days of Jim Crow, it is still done to this day by many. Between the eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, many African Americans tried passing as white, which meant they had to leave behind friends, community, traditions, families, and roots. It was an exile that was chosen, to go from identifying with
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