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The persecution of White women bearing children of color began in colonial times and was an essential building block in the creation of hereditary slavery and the institution of racism itself. This feature of racism has hardly been dismantled and is part of the reason the normalization of our society has stalled out.

The Myth of the White Whore

There is a pocket of racism — a cornerstone in the development of hereditary slavery and institutionalized racism — that is, to date, largely unchallenged and in many ways, still in effect.   It has survived so tenaciously because it effects only a tiny segment of the population directly, but its effects are far-reaching nonetheless.  Let me explain the history.

The Free Persons of Color

There was a curious class of people in the antebellum South – the Free Persons of Color  (often termed FPC). They were mostly the children of White mothers and Black fathers, both usually servants. They came into existence in that period of time when the institution of slavery was still unformed and unsettled, when there was a degree of fluidity of status for Black people and their status might differ little from many Whites.

But things changed.

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