The Marc Steiner Show

March 9, 2011 – Hour 2

What is race?  How have definitions of race in America changed over time?  What does it mean to cross racial lines?  Daniel Sharfstein joins us to discuss these questions and more as we talk about his new book, The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey From Black to White.

Daniel Sharfstein will speak at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch tonight at 7pm.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. Too many ignorant journalists describe the families in the book as “African Americans” who “passed for white.” They were NOT “African” anything. They started as racially mixed families classified as partly “free colored” (which was NOT “black” or “African”) and socially progressed to white status through marriage and conducting themselves in the manner expected of whites in their local communities.

    A person who “looks white” IS white. A stigma is not a “race” nor an ethnicity.

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