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A.D. Powell, former columnist for the web sites "Interracial Voice" and "The Multiracial Activist," is the author of "Passing" for Who You Really Are: Essays in Support of Multiracial Whiteness. http://www.amazon.com/Passing-Who-You-Really-Are/dp/0939479222/ref=pd_cp_b_3

SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 11:12PM

The Problem With Gregory Howard Williams

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Poster  Boy for The "One-Drop" Myth of White Racial Purity 

It is no accident that Gregory Howard Williams, a very white man who proclaims himself to be "black," has received far more television and newspaper publicity that all the people in the multiracial identity movement put together. Williams, Dean and Professor of Law at the Ohio State University College of Law, is being lionized by black and liberal elites who are presenting his autobiography, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black, as the ultimate statement on "race" and racial inter-mixture in the United States.

Williams has appeared on national television programs such as "Larry King Live," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dateline NBC" and ABC's "Nightline." His book has even been made into a motion picture for Fox-TV and will soon enter the homes of millions of Americans to preach the gospel of hypodescent and the "one drop of black blood" myth of white racial "purity." No one who challenges the hypodescent mythology comes close to gaining this kind of extensive publicity. No books that seriously explore the variety of the multiracial experience, such as the anthologies of Maria Root and Naomi Zack or the research of Frank W. Sweet, Ariela Gross and Peggy Pascoe have been promoted by national bookstore chains and reviewed in almost every newspaper in the country.

Williams is a polished orator with an emotional, dramatic delivery. Every guilt-ridden liberal in the audience is moved to tears as he vividly describes:

  • His idyllic "white" childhood in Virginia and the day his "light mulatto" father took Williams and his brother on a bus to Muncie, Indiana and told them that they were really "colored."

  •   How his "white" grandmother called him "nigger."

  •   How Williams and his brother were beaten and rejected because they were too "white" for the blacks and too "black" for the "whites" after they dutifully followed their father's instructions to identify themselves as "Negroes."

  •   How his father never made more than a thousand dollars a year after returning to Muncie because he was "black."

  •   How Williams swore he would become an attorney and "make something of himself" to prove that "blacks" are not "inferior."

  •   How "society" forced him to be "black" and he "had no choice" once his dreaded black blood was revealed.

But . . . here's what Williams and his supporters won't mention:

  •   Latinos and other partially African-descended minorities and how they openly "get away" with refusing a "black" identity in a nation where most "whites" are supposedly obsessed with white racial "purity." Does the presence of Latinos prove that most "white" Americans are NOT obsessed with white racial "purity" and Gregory Howard Williams and his supporters are lying? Williams also describes his "white mulatto" father, Tony Williams, as "passing for" Italian or Greek because of the darkness of these "white" ethnicities. But why are these "white" ethnic groups so dark? Could it be because of their geographical closeness to Africa and their ancestors' intermixture with Africans? These are questions that Williams and his supporters don't want anyone to bring before the public.
  •  His father's self-destruction. Why did Tony Williams choose to return to Muncie (the only city where he had left a "colored" reputation) when he had the entire United States to choose from? Wasn't Williams' father typical of "black-identified" non-blacks in that he policed himself and his family to enforce the "one drop" myth when no outside force or person could have done it? Williams takes great pains to tell every audience about the time his "white" grandmother called him "nigger" but usually fails to mention that Tony Williams was the first to describe his son in such a disgusting way. Williams loves to tell his audiences that his father was wealthy in Virginia because he was "white" there but never made more than a thousand dollars a year in Muncie because he was "black." Bull! Tony Williams was a drunk, a wife beater (which is why Williams' "white" mother took the two younger children and left), a poor businessman (who didn't know what to do when a nearby military base closed and his tavern began to lose money), a child abuser who took his sons from their home and deposited them in a ghetto slum with his alcoholic mother, and a lazy bum who just decided to stop working and wallow in self-pity. The senior Williams was a "white" man in the 50s when there were plenty of jobs. Hell, coal-black men were making good money in the auto factories and other unionized industries. Tony Williams was not "black" - he was a sick SOB.
  •  Williams ignores the role of social identification as opposed to genetics. He called his mother a racist for abandoning him and his elder brother, but doesn't explain why this "racist" married Tony Williams with full awareness of his mixed ancestry and produced four children with him. Williams doesn't explain why his mother raised his two younger siblings as "white" even though they had the same paternity and dreaded "black blood." Williams delights in telling of the privileged summers he spent with his maternal grandparents in Muncie, describing to a tearful audience how his grandparents later rejected him when he became "colored." Why doesn't Williams expect us to ask the obvious questions? Since his mixed ancestry (apparently known to all the adults in his family) was acceptable with a "white" identity, it is apparent that the "black" identity came from accepting that designation and acting as an "inferior." Tony Williams allowed his inferiority complex to "choose" a "black" identity for himself and his minor sons. It is apparent that the cowardice of the mother and grandparents in not rescuing "Greg" and his brother from their abusive father originated in their fear that the boys had accepted the "nigger" identity Tony Williams had chosen for them. If the problem had been Greg's "black blood," he wouldn't have been acceptable before.

By promoting the "one drop" myth of "no choice," Williams has done far more than any self-described racist to oppress people of mixed racial ancestry who have the "misfortune" to have some traceable black ancestry but do not have the great privilege of being Latinos (an ethnic description which supposedly cleanses the "taint" of "Negro blood"). It is extremely hard to point out the racist nature of the hypodescent myth when people who paint themselves as opponents of racism are the biggest supporters of the myth.

 If, for example, anyone uses the word Aryan in a racial sense, it's not only Jews and other groups that were victims of the Third Reich's genocidal policies that will take pains to set him straight. By contrast, black elites and some of their "white" allies take great delight is assassinating the character of multiracial Caucasians such as the late New York Times book critic Anatole Broyard, describing him as a mere (by implication) "black" who presumed to call himself "white" despite his Caucasian phenotype and predominate European ancestry. Very few people who claim to be anti racist will defend Broyard (and, by implications, all other part-black non-Hispanics who reject a "black" identity) because they dare not contest with blacks regarding what is and is not racist. No self-styled "progressive" or conservative defends "Aryan" racial terminology but many of them defend the "passing for white" myth because they have been exposed to blacks (and those who claim to be "black") who are its enthusiastic supporters.

 Williams is now on the defensive. He claims he is being persecuted by a "multiracial police" out to destroy his "right" to be "black." Really? When he appeared with Ted Koppel on "Nightline," Williams claimed he had no choice in being "black." The "multiracial police" are not supposed to point out this contradiction.

 Williams has a right to tell his story or call himself what he pleases, but he has a moral obligation to cease using his story to terrify others into the black fold when they don't want to be there and don't HAVE to be there. Williams has a moral obligation to make the following points in all his interviews and personal appearances:

  •  No one is legally or socially required to call themselves "black." The presence of Latinos in this nation is proof that "black blood" does not preclude identification with other racial labels including multiracial, Indian, Asian, mestizo or even that "godlike" appellation "white" (which the blasphemous Anatole Broyards of this country have dared to claim).

  •  Williams should cease referring to himself as someone who found out he was truly "black," or describing his "true legacy" as "poor and black." He should cease referring to his mulatto or multiracial father as a "light-skinned black" (that is an oxymoron).

 Williams is not simply selling his autobiography. He is promoting the "one drop" myth and that is why he has received so much publicity. If Williams had lived the same tragic childhood but ended up calling himself "white," "multiracial," or any label other than "black," do you believe for a moment that he would have received even a tiny fraction of the publicity with which he has been showered? Black and liberal elites know what they're doing. Williams is a club they use to frighten and beat "white blood" into the "black" fold.

 Gregory Howard Williams - a simple black and white mind advocating a simple black and white world. It would be ludicrous if it the stakes were not so high and the suffering so great.

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Thank you. Williams is a relic. Labeling people who have one grandparent or great granparent a "light skinned black" is offensive. It is like calling someone with an Asian great grandparent a "round eyed Chinese". It is no more fair or accurate to call a mixed white with a black great grandparent or great great grandparent a black than it is to call a black person with one white great grandparent "white".
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The following link contains information on the racist,
reeking, ODR ('One-Drop Rule') -- which, thank goodness,
has finally been legally "cleared from the air" of the USA:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Generation-Mixed/message/4162
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I just read your comment to DeVega the RP. I left one myself but I'm not sure he'll let it through.

Good going though...somebody has to call that guy out on his endless fountain of cultural trash.

JO
http://www.politicaljack.com/forums/showthread.php?19892-Since-Devega-is-too-much-of-a-coward&p=279025#post279025

Here is my response to the coward skin pimp...one of many I have left in the past.

Ya know....I just took a moment from the conflagrations over at PJ, a place where you wouldn't dare tread for fear of having an honest debate for once in your life...and I remembered your article last week, or was it last month or maybe last year? It's hard to tell because the theme never changes but I digress. I thought to myself ….” HEY, I’ll just bet ole Chauncey is champing at the bit to get out more on that eternal victimhood thing especially with a fresh corpse in town!” …. So I took a peek and Whaddaya know! I was right!

I will begin by offering my heartfelt condolences to grieving parents of all skin colors....because parenthood doesn't have a color...I know that's not popular here but I'll offer it anyway.

Chauncey you pip you! You do have a set and a half on ya don't ya? I read through the rather windy and loquacious (I’ll say this much for ya buddy....you can write!! ) But no....I'm going to re-word this to Chauncey you Pimp you!

I doubled checked my eye glass case to make sure the grand-kids haven't been switching them up on me...they like to play school teacher with my eye glasses which probably explains why the word HISPANIC is totally missing from your latest piece of cultural garbage!

It's not that you didn't write it it's just that I didn't see it! But I am a sucker for punishment and I just love the way you write so I suffered through whole thing. Come on now...be honest...your real hero is Frederick Douglass... I can see it in your writing style guy! I am a student of all his works myself. ..Can’t miss it!

Hey there is one thing that Freddy would chastise you on just a little bit. See he had this real problem with being unable to lie. The guy was a truth telling machine who had no tolerance for falsehoods or even for false hoods!

So how about we tell the truth once in a while eh? Like this was not a white on black crime for starters! Like the Police chief's hands were basically tied and he did the right thing by calling in higher authorities because this thing is going to lead to a legislative battle! So no... there was really no foot dragging or even any danger that this thing wouldn’t be handled. But we all know that doesn’t get Al and Jesse their dinner ticket now don’t we?

So how will we ever get to that hallowed place Chauncey? The place where Doctor King wanted everybody to go? You know the answer can be found in an old proverb that I like to cling to….bitterly at times.

“One convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”

Or…..as the redneck gas station attendant from deliverance once said to the traveler seeking directions..

“You can’t get there from here!”

JO
I don't claim to be any other race but Indian, I am Cherokee Indian by blood, my mother and her mother’s mother and so on is where I get my Indian blood, and by Cherokee blood law that blood is also passed to my children. I don't follow that racist Racial Integrity Act of 1929 B.S that seems to still linger to this very day. If a racist in government wants to deny someone’s Indian heritage and use them being a person of color as an excuse to make them a race they are not all they have to do is put it down on a legal piece of paper and hope the person they committed fraud against never finds out and demand it be corrected. In my case that is exactly what the state of Georgia did to me but they didn't think I would ever find out about the Racial Data tampering they did but I found out and did something about it I reported it to the federal government by way of HUD. HUD is investigating this and other illegal discriminatory and retaliatory acts imposed on my family by Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs. Just because someone is of color that don't mean they are automatically a Black person with sub-Saharan African roots. Indians are a colored people just like any other groups of colored people, Hispanics, Asians, etc... Well at least we were a colored people before Whites with no Indian blood were adopted into Indian tribes all across America. We now have in White Indians because by law Whites can claim Indian heritage because of tribal enrollment by adoption into a tribe or marriage to an Indian, so they "by law" can call themselves Indians without having any "blood ties" to any Indigenous peoples of the Americas even though I "can" do so. It’s ironic I had to fight against the state of Georgia to keep my Indian roots on their state documentation but White people don’t have to do anything but get adopted in a tribe or marry into an Indian tribe and just like that they are Indian, I guess that what’s called Privilege. O_o Don’t ever assume that every person with color is automatically a Black person. Don't be like the government racist at Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs who illegally changed my and my children’s racial data because they wanted us to be something we are not, Black, because they can't tolerate our Indian ancestry.
FACT: The Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs Rental Assistance Unit always knew me and my children as American Indian on files given to them every single year from when I moved to Georgia on the rental assistance program in 2003. My North Carolina driver’s license info given to them even identified me as Native American on it but can you believe this state of Georgia office had the nerve to tamper with my family's racial data because certain people who worked there could not deal with me and my children being who we are... Indians. It bothered Georgia DCA so much they changed that racial data every year for 6 years without my consent or knowledge until I demanded they stop changing our racial data when I found out about what they were doing in summer 2009 when I requested my case file and saw what they did. This data goes back to the Federal Government each year, and we as Indians were not recognized as such for housing grants that was given to the state of Georgia and the Federal Gov. needed accurate population data of what races benefited each year from rental assistance.

We as Indians NEVER needed a man-made seal of approval to be who we are, God already gave US that by making us who we are. “Cherokee” means "Principal People" and my ancestors were here long before Columbus, the Mayflower, reservations, tribal enrollment, the one drop rule, or racism. I respect an African American, White person, or any other race of people’s right to be who they because that’s how God made them but don't try to make me into who you are because that is disrespectful to my race, national origin, my Indian ancestors, and my ancestry as a whole. You be you, and I will be me, because that’s who God made to be.
I don't claim to be any other race but Indian, I am Cherokee Indian by blood, my mother and her mother’s mother and so on is where I get my Indian blood, and by Cherokee blood law that blood is also passed to my children. I don't follow that racist Racial Integrity Act of 1929 B.S that seems to still linger to this very day. If a racist in government wants to deny someone’s Indian heritage and use them being a person of color as an excuse to make them a race they are not all they have to do is put it down on a legal piece of paper and hope the person they committed fraud against never finds out and demand it be corrected. In my case that is exactly what the state of Georgia did to me but they didn't think I would ever find out about the Racial Data tampering they did but I found out and did something about it I reported it to the federal government by way of HUD. HUD is investigating this and other illegal discriminatory and retaliatory acts imposed on my family by Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs. Just because someone is of color that don't mean they are automatically a Black person with sub-Saharan African roots. Indians are a colored people just like any other groups of colored people, Hispanics, Asians, etc... Well at least we were a colored people before Whites with no Indian blood were adopted into Indian tribes all across America. We now have in White Indians because by law Whites can claim Indian heritage because of tribal enrollment by adoption into a tribe or marriage to an Indian, so they "by law" can call themselves Indians without having any "blood ties" to any Indigenous peoples of the Americas even though I "can" do so. It’s ironic I had to fight against the state of Georgia to keep my Indian roots on their state documentation but White people don’t have to do anything but get adopted in a tribe or marry into an Indian tribe and just like that they are Indian, I guess that what’s called Privilege. O_o Don’t ever assume that every person with color is automatically a Black person. Don't be like the government racist at Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs who illegally changed my and my children’s racial data because they wanted us to be something we are not, Black, because they can't tolerate our Indian ancestry.
FACT: The Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs Rental Assistance Unit always knew me and my children as American Indian on files given to them every single year from when I moved to Georgia on the rental assistance program in 2003. My North Carolina driver’s license info given to them even identified me as Native American on it but can you believe this state of Georgia office had the nerve to tamper with my family's racial data because certain people who worked there could not deal with me and my children being who we are... Indians. It bothered Georgia DCA so much they changed that racial data every year for 6 years without my consent or knowledge until I demanded they stop changing our racial data when I found out about what they were doing in summer 2009 when I requested my case file and saw what they did. This data goes back to the Federal Government each year, and we as Indians were not recognized as such for housing grants that was given to the state of Georgia and the Federal Gov. needed accurate population data of what races benefited each year from rental assistance.

We as Indians NEVER needed a man-made seal of approval to be who we are, God already gave US that by making us who we are. “Cherokee” means "Principal People" and my ancestors were here long before Columbus, the Mayflower, reservations, tribal enrollment, the one drop rule, or racism. I respect an African American, White person, or any other race of people’s right to be who they because that’s how God made them but don't try to make me into who you are because that is disrespectful to my race, national origin, my Indian ancestors, and my ancestry as a whole. You be you, and I will be me, because that’s who God made to be.
Oops, sorry for the duplicate comment.
This is another reply to notorious "one drop" advocate Chauncey DeVega:

I have had many years of promoting the multiracial movement (legitimizing and recognizing interracial descent as well as freedom of choice in ethnic/racial identity) that DeVega hates and opposes. Since the movement makes so much sense to Americans in general, some members of the black and black-identified elites have engaged in a fevered form of "damage control" to defame the movement and silence its activists.

Blacks like DeVega have been trying to castrate the multiracial movement by making the false claim that "blacks" are biracial or multiracial. The claim is false because it PRESUMES that (1) All whites are racially pure (unless they are supposedly "passing" for what they really are in the first place and (2) Latinos are a separate "racial" group with no racial mixture, least of all the dreaded "black blood." When DeVega and company whine about "rapist blood," it is only an attempt to impose the "one drop" myth through senseless guilt over ALLEGED rapes by white male ancestors. His goal is ETHNIC RAPE, forcing mixed-white and other multiracial people into his "race" against their will.

Here's a little multiracial movement history for you:

http://web.archive.org/web/20010528004130/http://interracialvoice.com/speech1.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20010427140843/http://interracialvoice.com/speech2.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20010720083912/http://interracialvoice.com/

http://web.archive.org/web/20010308205509/http://www.interracialvoice.com/

http://web.archive.org/web/20010719154636/http://www.interracialvoice.com/gwinkel8.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20010409211059/http://interracialvoice.com/javier15.html


http://web.archive.org/web/20010412202847/http://interracialvoice.com/wardle.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20010410022852/http://interracialvoice.com/point.html
There's an analytical point being missed here. Race in America isn't just about race, it's about culture. Most Black people in America belong to a single ethnic group which might best be defined as descended from American slaves. The next largest group is from the Caribbean or descendants of people who are. White isn't ethnic; White is such a large combination of ethnicities that the White term is ethnically useless here. So, Black means (most of the time) members of a particular ethnic group or perhaps a pair of them, whereas White means members of any of a whole lot of ethnic groups, so many as to make the term nearly useless. White is more about who you're not than who you are.

Hispanics are a different culture and, because there we're acknowledging that they comprise a culture, race is a lot less relevant. That's why we pay so little attention to race with that group.

"One drop" doesn't allow for culture and, yet, culture is at the heart of the definition. Culture is at the heart of self-definition, too, ironically even in the flap about IQ tests, where what were supposed to be genetic results were determined culturally; in other words, environmentally.
Koshersalaami, I have been fighting the "one drop" myth for most of my life. I can tell you for a fact that blacks and black-identified mulattoes are the only American population group that is fanatically devoted to keeping the myth alive. They use the inflated moral authority granted to them by "white guilt" to mislead people like yourself. Imagine if Jews had been stupid enough to demand that the Nazi era racial classifications of "Aryan" and "non-Aryan" be kept, promoted and glorified as morally correct.