Open Thread: A Little Education on ‘ White Passing’.

I saw this tweet, and it made me think:

With the dropping of the beginning of their documentary series on Netflix, there has been misinterpretation of Meghan being ” White Presenting” versus “White Passing”.

These are two entirely different things.

White presenting is exactly what it sounds like – to the visual eyes, most White people will see you as another White person. I say White people, because Black people, with very few exceptions, will know a ‘WHITE PRESENTING’ Black person. This is because, historically, it is not uncommon for Black Americans to have someone in their family that is White Presenting, but, Black. Same set of Black parents, but, because of genetics, and because, as a community, we have been ‘ mixed race’ since the first time Master went down to the slave quarters, we honestly don’t know how a Black child will come out.

I can use my own maternal grandparents as an example. My grandfather would have been comfortable walking down the streets of any Scottish town, and nobody would have blinked an eye. My grandmother was ‘ Black as the ace of spades’. Her wish, when she was pregnant was that the baby came out ‘ normal and healthy’, because she knew ‘ they’d come out light like their father, dark like me, or somewhere in between.’ And, it’s true. She had everyone from my White Presenting, red-headed Aunt, to my chocolate Uncles and all shades in between.

Meghan Markle is White Presenting. She is not White Passing.

White Passing has rules to it:
1. You cut yourself off from your Black family
2. Nobody knows that you have any Black family
3. You cut yourself off from anyone who might remotely remember your Black family

The best cinema productions about White Passing were the two versions of Imitation of Life.

The Black and White version had an actual White Presenting Black Actress- Fredi Washington, whose career in Hollywood was forever stunted because she refused to not be presented as a Black actress.
I prefer the 1959 version in color. For a couple of generations, our Black mothers always let us stay up to watch it whenever it was on. I do the UGLY CRY everytime that I watch it. Every single time. Later in life, I came to believe that our mothers had us watch it because they wanted us to learn the lesson of ‘ don’t you ever break your Mama’s heart the way that Sarah Jane did Annie”. And, we we watched it, tears streaming down our faces, we made that vow to our mothers.

Another movie about Passing is Pinky.

There is a certain political candidate whose possibility of being White Passing, has been debated on Black Twitter and TikTok in the past few weeks. Not that Black folks are aiming to claim her, but, the discussion has been hilarious – especially looking at some of her older pictures. …eeeerbody Black knows someone who looks like her…
I’m just saying..LOL

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18 Responses to Open Thread: A Little Education on ‘ White Passing’.

  1. Eliihass says:


    Tomahto.. tomato ..

    Can’t be stressed enough …the newly-minted symbol of ‘black’ oppression .. now being touted by clout-chasing/for-hire™ self-styled ‘influencers’/revisionists ..was tellingly, just a few years ago, head-groupie of the Ivanka trump club..

    Now being repackaged and effusively sold as always ‘politically aware’ ‘humanitarian’ .. LOL.. even as just a minute ago, was publicly and unapologetically kissing up to and stanning Ivanka trump.. desperate for adjacency worm her way into Ivanka’s orbit.. shamelessly and very publicly fantasizing about palling around with, and having meet-ups and dinners with Ivanka .. and taking ‘copious notes’ on how to be just like Ivanka.. 🤔😔

    And chillingly, at the very exact same time the unscrupulously greasy trumps were very actively and very loudly and very publicly attacking, maligning and propagating those dangerous Birther lies.. and inciting hate and unprecedented death threats against America’s historic First Couple ..and traumatizing their 2 then minor daughters..

    Nary a peep from the unabashed Ivanka fan club head-groupie .. now touted as supposedly, always ‘politically aware’.. and unbelievably and comically, now turned symbol of ‘black’ oppression..

    So much to be said about the nonstop hijacking, bastardizing and cheapening.. and the steadily abrading and glib weaponization of race, ‘race’ narratives and bogus ‘race’ battles …dubiously fought entirely on behalf of, and by those who curiously, never ever seem to lift a voice or finger in support of actually oppressed and actually dehumanized Black folk..

    Even as they now run around wailing and rallying for scheming opportunists.. folk who never identified as black ..or concerned themselves with black issues ..even on the most granular of basic/humanity levels.. but who have no qualms, when it suits their purposes, shamelessly hijacking, exploiting and stoking ‘race’ & ‘blackness’ ..entirely for their own aggrandizement..

  2. rikyrah says:

    The azzes who sued to mess up the Biden Student Loan Forgiveness Plan😠😠😠

  3. rikyrah says:

    Why Republicans hate TikTok🤔

  4. rikyrah says:

    Because this voter suppression method is no longer working for them😒😒

    Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) tweeted at 6:00 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is calling for the state Legislature to end runoff elections.

    The Chronicles of David (@dopper0189) tweeted at 7:01 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    Narrator’s voice “now that Democrats have embraced vote by mail and early voting, we no longer have an advantage from a lower profile election a few weeks later”.

  5. rikyrah says:


    The Spry Old Lorax (@SpryOld) tweeted at 2:23 PM on Wed, Dec 14, 2022:
    It should also be pointed out that the inevitable end-game of any populist movement, if they actually get into power, is authoritarianism. Whether from right or left, it ends up with an authoritarian government. Dissent is not allowed. Hierarchy is enforced. It isn’t democracy.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) tweeted at 8:00 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    Reps. Schiff, Grijalva, Bowman, and Cherfilus-McCormick have introduced the Student Loan Relief for Medicare and Social Security Recipients Act — legislation to eliminate student loan debt for disabled and elderly individuals.

  7. rikyrah says:

    A M A R A (@cuteahmah) tweeted at 5:25 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    The fact that she was meeting the hub community woman even before she became a royal officially and was able to pull off such a successful project with the cookbook shortly after she got married, you just know when the jealousy of the other RF members started growing.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Bitch McConnell™, CEO of Elitist Inc. 👸🏾🐕 (@tiffmc1013) tweeted at 7:07 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    Order some more Covid-19 tests, especially if you are planning to get together with people to celebrate the holidays.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Keylee Miracle | The Neurointuitive™️🧠🔮 (@keyleemiracle) tweeted at 11:56 AM on Wed, Dec 14, 2022:
    People literally do not understand how suicidality works from a hormonal/neuroscience perspective, but it’s almost like your brain having a car crash. Has very little to do with your conscious mind, which is why protective factors matter a LOT.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Tee (@truthfully24) tweeted at 6:57 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    He paid for private security when the Royal family cut theirs and then announced their location AND let them stay at his house. To them he’s everything! If it’d been me lillibet would’ve been Tylesha

  11. rikyrah says:

    Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) tweeted at 10:49 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    (Reuters) – Twitter Inc must notify the thousands of workers who were laid off after its acquisition by Elon Musk of a proposed class action accusing the company of failing to give adequate notice before terminating them, a San Francisco federal judge has ruled.

    @reuters $TSLA

  12. rikyrah says:

    Ciη✨ (@MissCindyRay) tweeted at 5:19 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    My favorite part is Tyler Perry calling out the royal family for being abusers. Cutting them off financially, leaking their location and taking away their security to scare them into coming back. Like an abusive ex trying to manipulate you.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Peter Hunt (@_PeterHunt) tweeted at 10:28 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    The terms of Harry and Meghan’s exit were cruel. The institution made a mistake and will pay a price over time. But the royals don’t see it –in part, because much of the media insist, incessantly, that the blame lies with the Sussexes and Charles and William are beyond reproach.

  14. rikyrah says:


    I watched the HGTV Christmas at the White House this past weekend.

    It was so wonderful to see actual beautiful decorations back at the White House.
    I never thought someone’s soul could be seen through Christmas Decorations until the years with the Birther Trophy Wife.

    Dr. FLOTUS’s good heart could be seen throughout the entire White House.

  15. rikyrah says:

    A M A R A (@cuteahmah) tweeted at 0:25 PM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    They had my sis living in a house like that and still had the nerve to call her a gold digger? Lying about gold bathtub, yoga studio with floating floor and special living area for Doria meanwhile sis had to bend over each time she walked through the kitchen door.😭😭😭

  16. rikyrah says:

    uh huh

    Alexis( sowing discord in the west) (@ArchewellBaby) tweeted at 6:42 AM on Thu, Dec 15, 2022:
    Harry and Meghan were ready to live in New Zealand, South Africa & Canada. They were willing to work for the Royal Family without a penny of taxpayer money.

    Why would the Royal Family refuse this offer?


  17. Liza says:

    So this year it’s FL Jill Biden’s cat Willow inspecting the WH Christmas decorations. Very cute.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊

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