The One Drop Rule: The Social Construct Of Race

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The first time I heard of the one drop rule was when I interviewed my nephew for our assignment. I knew nothing about it, so I “googled” the term to get a better sense of its meaning. The one drop rule only exists in the United States and applies to only blacks. Nowhere else in the world defines race this way. The one drop rule is part of the social construct of race. Research shows all humans stem from one set of ancestors out of Africa. So, according to the one drop rule, we are all black. Unfortunately, the difference in our skin tones have caused contentions between whites and people of color. For example, blacks have endured slavery, segregation, mass incarcerations, and inequalities. The social construct of race triggered many
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