The petition for the writ of prohibition averred that petitioner was seven-eighths Caucasian and one eighth African blood

from Justice Henry Billings Brown – Plessy v Ferguson on Rap Genius


There were a lot of mixed-race people in the South because slave masters loved raping their female slaves and impregnating them (ew!)

To determine who was “white” and who was “black”, Southern municipalities instituted the “brown paper bag test” (i.e., if you are darker than a brown paper bag, you are black)

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