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30th Apr '16 12:29:10 PM Katsuhagi
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* In the non-fiction ''Detroit: An American Autopsy'' Charlie [=LeDuff=] discovers that his great-grandfather was listed in census records as "M for Mulatto as a child, but as an adult when he moved to Detroit was able to blend in with the large number of ethnic Greeks and other "swarthy" European immigrants moving there and able to pass for fully white, to the point that by Charlie's time this part of his family history has been completely lost.

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* In the non-fiction ''Detroit: An American Autopsy'' Charlie [=LeDuff=] discovers that his great-grandfather was listed in census records as "M "M" for Mulatto as a child, but as an adult when he moved to Detroit was able to blend in with the large number of ethnic Greeks and other "swarthy" European immigrants moving there and able to pass for fully white, to the point that by Charlie's the time Charlie was born this part of his family history has been completely lost.
30th Apr '16 12:28:28 PM Katsuhagi
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* In the non-fiction ''Detroit: An American Autopsy'' Charlie [=LeDuff=] discovers that his great-grandfather was listed in census records as "M for Mulatto as a child, but as an adult when he moved to Detroit was able to blend in with the large number of ethnic Greeks and other "swarthy" European immigrants moving there and able to pass for fully white, to the point that by Charlie's time this part of his family history has been completely lost.
25th Apr '16 8:29:17 AM Veanne
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* ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu'' [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons are]] {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s, who need a genetic template of whatever they're changing into. So, to pass a human, Oura gets a template of a pretty girl, but Eril is quick to notice [[UncannyValleyGirl some sort of oddness about her]]. However, since she simply wanted to be able to talk with him without scaring the boy with her dragon shape, and he interprets "weird girl" as an elf, it works out.

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* ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu'' [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons are]] {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s, who need a genetic template of whatever they're changing into. So, to pass as a human, Oura gets a template of a pretty girl, but Eril is quick to notice [[UncannyValleyGirl some sort of oddness about her]]. However, since she simply wanted to be able to talk with him without scaring the boy with her dragon shape, and he interprets "weird girl" as an elf, it works out.
25th Apr '16 8:28:43 AM Veanne
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* ''Literature/KronikiDrugiegoKregu'' [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons are]] {{Voluntary Shapeshifter}}s, who need a genetic template of whatever they're changing into. So, to pass a human, Oura gets a template of a pretty girl, but Eril is quick to notice [[UncannyValleyGirl some sort of oddness about her]]. However, since she simply wanted to be able to talk with him without scaring the boy with her dragon shape, and he interprets "weird girl" as an elf, it works out.
20th Feb '16 5:28:46 PM jamespolk
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* ''Imitation of Life'' follows Sarah Jane, a mixed-race girl who can quite easily pass for white, trying her best to deny her mother and her previous life altogether. It doesn't end well. Her white boyfriend beats her senseless when he finds out, and she gets fired from her job as a cabaret dancer when her mother comes looking for her.

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* ''Imitation of Life'' follows Peola (in the [[Film/ImitationOfLife1934 1934 version]]) and Sarah Jane, Jane (in the 1959 version), a mixed-race girl who can quite easily pass for white, trying her best to deny her mother and her previous life altogether. It doesn't end well. Her In the 1934 version Peola is humiliated when her dark-skinned mother comes to meet her at school, and later has to quit her job when her mother tracks her down at work. In the 1959 version it's worse for Sarah Jane--her white boyfriend beats her senseless when he finds out, and she gets fired from her job as a cabaret dancer when her mother comes looking for her.
19th Jan '16 7:33:52 PM Katsuhagi
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* Chirinide of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' refers to herself as a "half-breed" because she has a light elf father and a drowussu mother, and goes so far as to wonder if she should commit suicide to keep her "impurity" from spreading through the Kyorl'solenurn clan. Despite this she really doesn't look any different from other drowussu, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a big hint that the drowussu are actually descended from light elves]].
* Greer, the protagonist of ''[[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/ The Girl Who Flew Away]]'' is eventually revealed [[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/comic/page-220/ to have had a black father]]. She's able to pass for fully white, which just contributes her to self-loathing as she feels it's hiding who she really is.
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* Chirinide of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' refers to herself as a "half-breed" because she has a light elf father and a drowussu mother, and goes so far as to wonder if she should commit suicide to keep her "impurity" from spreading through the Kyorl'solenurn clan. Despite this she really doesn't look any different from other drowussu, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a big hint that the drowussu are actually descended from light elves]].
* Greer, the protagonist of ''[[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/ The Girl Who Flew Away]]'' is eventually revealed [[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/comic/page-220/ to have had a black father]]. She's able to pass for fully white, which just contributes her to self-loathing as she feels it's hiding who she really is.
19th Jan '16 7:33:22 PM Katsuhagi
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Chirinide of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' refers to herself as a "half-breed" because she has a light elf father and a drowussu mother, and goes so far as to wonder if she should commit suicide to keep her "impurity" from spreading through the Kyorl'solenurn clan. Despite this she really doesn't look any different from other drowussu, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a big hint that the drowussu are actually descended from light elves]].
* Greer, the protagonist of ''[[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/ The Girl Who Flew Away]]'' is eventually revealed [[http://tgwfa.meedean.com/comic/page-220/ to have had a black father]]. She's able to pass for fully white, which just contributes her to self-loathing as she feels it's hiding who she really is.



* Chirinide of ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' refers to herself as a "half-breed" because she has a light elf father and a drowussu mother, and goes so far as to wonder if she should commit suicide to keep her "impurity" from spreading through the Kyorl'solenurn clan. Despite this she really doesn't look any different from other drowussu, [[spoiler:which turns out to be a big hint that the drowussu are actually descended from light elves]].
29th Dec '15 1:47:41 PM margdean56
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* This is part of the backstory of the Fannie Flagg novel ''Welcome To the World, Baby Girl!'' [[spoiler: The (blonde, blue-eyed) protagonist's mother turned out to be of mixed race - the daughter of a German woman and a very light-skinned African American man who had moved to Europe to escape from the racial discrimination of the United States, but had been forced to move back with the rise of Hitler. She could, physically, pass for white without trying, but had spent her adult life in terror of being "outed" by someone who knew about her background - which was the reason for her secretive and evasive behavior during the protagonist's childhood.]]

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* This is part of the backstory of the Fannie Flagg novel ''Welcome To the World, Baby Girl!'' [[spoiler: The (blonde, blue-eyed) protagonist's mother turned out to be of mixed race - -- the daughter of a German woman and a very light-skinned African American man who had moved to Europe to escape from the racial discrimination of the United States, but had been forced to move back with the rise of Hitler. She could, physically, pass for white without trying, but had spent her adult life in terror of being "outed" by someone who knew about her background - -- which was the reason for her secretive and evasive behavior during the protagonist's childhood.]]



* In The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman, a girl who counts as white in 1960 goes back in time to 1860, where - because of her suntan, curly hair, and resemblance to her plantation-owning ancestors - she is classified as black and assumed to be the offspring of a wayward son of the family and one of his slaves, making her a slave herself. After she returns to her own time, she is assumed to have run away and an advertisement is issued. In the description of her it says, "Could pass for white." Researching her family history, she learns that [[spoiler:after the Civil War, the aforementioned wayward son inherited the plantation and passed off his former-slave wife as a white woman from France - so as their descendant, the protagonist really does have a few black genes.]]
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[TheVorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure diligent, hardworking and sucessful count]] René Vorbretten was briefly considered ineligible to rule his District and even attempted to be ousted, when it turned out that he is [[HeroicBastard one-eighth Cetagandan]] through his grandfather's side. However, the main side his political opponents in the Council tried to play up was his illegitimacy, not the ethnicity, what with the Emperor himself being a one-eighth Betan and married to a foreign woman as well, though [[TheEmpire Cetaganda]] being a traditional [[TheRival enemy/rival]] of Barrayar helped to produce the racist nicknames like "Ghembretten".[[note]]Ghems being a lower, militaristic tier of the two-decked Cetagandan aristocracy, [[NotSoDifferent quite alike of the Barrayaran Vors]].[[/note]] Fortunately for the man, he had both [[AFriendInNeed the friends]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections in the right places]], and the law, for a change, was on his side as well: an important precedent in the Barrayaran inheritance law[[note]]"If a horse's ass can be a count, why not [[CaligulasHorse the whole horse]]?"[[/note]] stated that the Count's heir need not to be his blood relative, once confirmed by the Council which René, ironically, was.

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* In The ''The Freedom Maze Maze'' by Delia Sherman, a girl who counts as white in 1960 goes back in time to 1860, where - -- because of her suntan, curly hair, and resemblance to her plantation-owning ancestors - -- she is classified as black and assumed to be the offspring of a wayward son of the family and one of his slaves, making her a slave herself. After she returns to her own time, she is assumed to have run away and an advertisement is issued. In the description of her it says, "Could pass for white." Researching her family history, she learns that [[spoiler:after the Civil War, the aforementioned wayward son inherited the plantation and passed off his former-slave wife as a white woman from France - -- so as their descendant, the protagonist really does have a few black genes.]]
* In Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''[[TheVorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' a [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure diligent, hardworking and sucessful successful count]] René Vorbretten was briefly considered ineligible to rule his District and even attempted to be threatened with being ousted, when it turned out that he is [[HeroicBastard one-eighth Cetagandan]] through on his grandfather's side. However, the main side his political opponents in the Council tried to play up was his illegitimacy, not the ethnicity, what with the Emperor himself being a one-eighth Betan and married to a foreign woman as well, though [[TheEmpire Cetaganda]] being a traditional [[TheRival enemy/rival]] of Barrayar helped to produce the racist nicknames like "Ghembretten".[[note]]Ghems being a lower, militaristic tier of the two-decked Cetagandan aristocracy, [[NotSoDifferent quite alike of like the Barrayaran Vors]].[[/note]] Fortunately for the man, he had both [[AFriendInNeed the friends]] [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections in the right places]], and the law, for a change, was on his side as well: an important precedent in the Barrayaran inheritance law[[note]]"If a horse's ass can be a count, why not [[CaligulasHorse the whole horse]]?"[[/note]] stated that the Count's heir need not to be his blood relative, once confirmed by the Council -- which René, ironically, was.
29th Dec '15 1:36:23 PM margdean56
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* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' eventually shows that not only is ninety-nine percent of the squad made up of {{Sweet Polly Oliver}}s, but so is the entire high command. Sargeant Jackrum is worried about going to his son as a woman, and is convinced to go home as a father instead.

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* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' eventually shows that not only is ninety-nine percent of the squad made up of {{Sweet Polly Oliver}}s, but so is the entire high command. Sargeant Sergeant Jackrum is worried about going to his son as a woman, and is convinced to go home as a father instead.
19th Dec '15 9:58:13 PM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' Horace the slave claimed that the Fauntroy family were all descended from a liaison between John Ambrose Fauntroy I and Horace's great-grandmother. All the light-skinned children were brought into the family while the dark skinned ones were left to be slaves. John Ambrose Fauntroy V tried to fight the charges of 'passing', but it was too late to save his presidential campaign and he ended up committing suicide. [[spoiler: The movie doesn't make it clear if Horace was telling the truth or not.]]
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