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245 00 One Drop Rule. 
264  1 [San Francisco, California, USA] :|bKanopy Streaming,
300    1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 50 min.) :
       |bdigital, .flv file, sound 
336    two-dimensional moving image|btdi|2rdacontent 
337    computer|bc|2rdamedia 
338    online resource|bcr|2rdacarrier 
344    digital 
347    video file|bMPEG-4|bFlash 
500    Title from title frames. 
518    Originally produced by California Newsreel in 2001. 
520    One Drop Rule explores a recurring and divisive issue in 
       African American communities - skin color. Candid, 
       sometimes painful, but also often funny, it picks up where
       California Newsreel's earlier release A Question of Color 
       leaves off. The film inter-cuts intimate interviews with 
       darker skinned African Americans, lighter skinned African 
       Americans and inter-racial children of Black and white 
       parents. In the process it investigates color 
       consciousness, a sensitive topic within the Black 
       community, with great tact and a clear commitment to 
       healing divisions. The infamous "one drop rule" dictated 
       that anyone would be considered Black if they had any 
       African ancestry and was given legal saction in many 
       states. One Drop Rule argues that, in practice, Blacks 
       with more European features, lighter complexion and 
       straighter hair, have been favored over those with a more 
       African appearance. Interviewees testify that even today 
       whites seem to feel more comfortable with and give 
       preference to Blacks who more closely resemble themselves.
       Darker skinned African Americans recall being given baths 
       in Tide in a vain attempt to lighten their skins. They 
       were told to straighten their hair and stay out of the sun
       lest they become darker. They came to envy the lighter 
       skinned blacks favored by the mass media, their community 
       and themselves. At the same time, lighter skinned African 
       Americans recount the hostility of some of their Black 
       brothers and sisters who assumed they felt superior to 
       them because of their complexion. They remember having to 
       prove their blackness by speaking "Ebonics" and denying 
       their middle class origins. Participants discuss the 
       stresses of inter-racial dating in the face of pressure 
       from family and friends. Many Black women resent black men
       who date white women as a reflection on all Black women. 
       Conversely, black women who date white men face rejection 
       from their boyfriend's family. The children of inter-
       racial marriages discuss being forced by others to chose 
       between two cultural identities. They explain the added 
       burden of not being readily accepted by either racial 
       group. One Drop Rule asks what makes someone Black? Is it 
       "one drop of blood?" A way of speaking and dressing? One 
       woman says that being Black is really a matter of attitude,
       a world view, In the end One Drop Rule becomes an eloquent
       plea that, in the words of Martin Luther King, we judge 
       each other "not by the color of our skin but the content 
       of our character." "An insightful and sobering reflection 
       of current views regarding the many meanings of skin color,
       including related issues of status, privilege, and intra-
       racial conflict. Be sure to see this!" - Fred L. Hord, 
       Ph.D. Executive Director, Association of Black Culture 
       Centers. "An excellent educational tool to open honest 
       dialogue about a complex and profoundly effecting subject.
       " - Toi Derricotte, University of Pittsburgh. "A wonderful
       mix of commentary and information that will lead to 
       interesting discussions. This is a film that should find a
       home in academic and school libraries." - Library Journal.
       "A thought-provoking production that promises to elicit 
       discussion." - Booklist. 
538    Mode of access: World Wide Web. 
650  0 Racially mixed children|zUnited States|xPsychology|xRace 
650  0 Race relations|xInterracial dating|zUnited States. 
650  0 African Americans|xRace identity|zUnited States. 
655  7 Documentary films.|2lcgft 
700 1  Banks, James,|efilm director. 
710 2  Kanopy (Firm) 
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