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The Return of the One Drop Rule

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The Return of the One Drop Rule

The Return of the One Drop Rule
June 15
14:29 2018

At one point in the outrage over Rosanne Barr comparing former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to a monkey, Rosanne said that she did not even know that Jarrett was black. You certainly would not assume Jarrett was black by just looking at her. But, I can certainly understand the skepticism of Rosanne’s comment. But, what if she was telling the truth? It would take the racism out of the controversy. It would be no different than Bill Maher comparing Trump to an orange orangutan. And if Jarrett is not black, why the unchallenged false narrative?

I have some personal experience in this regard.

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I have known Valerie Jarrett for almost 40 years. I was active politically and civic-wise in Chicago during the times Jarrett served as an aide to Mayor Harold Washington and later deputy chief-of-staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley. She also headed up various civic organizations. For many of those years, I was Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago. Jarrett attended a number of my luncheons and meetings.

It was not until she hooked up with Barack Obama that I discovered that she was considered to be black in the African-American meaning of that designation.

Well … it turns out that we were wrong, at least a bit wrong.

Jarrett participated in a DNA test as part of the television series “Finding Your Roots.” It indicated that she was 49% European (French and Scottish), 46% African (though not necessarily sub-Saharan African) and 5% Native American. Her only known genetic tie to sub-Saharan Africa comes from a maternal great-grandfather, who was the first African-American to enroll in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – and we do not even know if he was full-blooded African.

Only in our politically correct world would Jarrett be considered a black African-American. The old “one drop” or one-sixteenth rule was judged to be the height of prejudice in the days of slavery and segregation, and yet we determine people with only a fraction of African blood to be black today. Of course, that is because it is a political designation — not racial, not scientific and not biological.

We do live in the fantasy land of self-identification, however, if Jarrett wants to be black, maybe desire is more important than genetics and biology. No reason to let pesky facts get in the way.

I never thought of myself as African-American – and neither has anyone else – but when my DNA test came back I discovered that I was one percent Nigerian. Does that make Jarrett and me soul mates?

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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7 Comments

  1. CDR-C
    CDR-C June 18, 16:20

    If one can self-identify to a gender, one can certainly self-identify to an ethnicity. DNA, chromosomes – none of those ‘scientific facts’ matter. We can all be whatever we want to be.Don’t judge me!

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  2. Richard
    Richard June 18, 16:40

    I have never understood why the MSM and liberal elites said Roseanne’s tweet was racist. It was hateful and obnoxious but not racist. I guess the liberal elites will call me a racist since I don’t always agree with them.

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  3. Kes
    Kes June 18, 16:54

    There is no “Return” of a rule that has never left. It has been in effect since the early 20th Century and has not gone anywhere.

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  4. G.B
    G.B June 18, 17:03

    She does not look African-American to me. I would also like to know what is the big deal? But it’s okay to call Ivanka and the president’s wife horrible foul names that’s okay

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  5. James
    James June 18, 18:38

    If Rosanne did not know Valerie Jarrett was ‘black’ and she looks as white as snow in her pics, that changes the whole premise of her intention. People sometimes call others ‘monkeys’ to indicate their intelligence but not necessarily their race. I don’t agree that she should have lost her show just because she is guilty of some indiscretion.

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  6. Yvonne
    Yvonne June 18, 20:17

    Why dwell on Valerie Jarrett being only partially black?? Surely you have not stooped low enough to sympathize with Risanne Barr!!!

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  7. I'm just Asking
    I'm just Asking June 19, 07:15

    Your DNA makes you of African decent. Do you feel any less than you did before yourDNA discovery? African Americans feel about themselves as you do yourself. Let’s see how your other brothers (of the white persuasion) start to treat you after your DNA reveal.

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