American Literature Despite its impetus, however, recent critical work on race often illustrates the degree to which the one-drop rule still has a toehold on American racial consciousness. ââOne dropââ of ââblack bloodââ continues to imply a responsibility to blackness that academic deconstructions of race have not signiï¬cantly altered. One goal of my essay is to investigate how continuing misconceptions about race as a biological imperative inï¬uence our readings of novels about racial passing, despite our acknowledgment that race is performative. The cause I identify here is twofold. First, the ideology of racial uplift and the tenacious persistence of the one-drop rule converge to inï¬uence our perceptions of race and our reading of passing novels. Racial uplift, with its debt of responsibility, has become a signiï¬cant part of our racial ideology: if oneâs family is African American, if one has any ââdropââ of black blood, then one has a responsibility to the race and should proclaim oneself black. That is, no matter how ââwhiteââ oneâs skin, we assume that passers are black and censure their attempts to live outside the bounds of that identity. This assumption evinces the tenacity ofâand simultaneously reinforcesâthe one-drop rule. Second, in focusing almost
American Literature – Duke University Press
Published: Dec 1, 2003
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