Assignment: The Social Politics of "Passing"
Many people have had the experience of being informally
tested for fitness for membership in a peer group. However, for members of an
oppressed group who can pass as a member of the dominant group, such as members
of a racial minority who look like members of the dominant group,
"passing" takes on a special significance. One study (Stuckert, 1958)
estimates that over 150,000 Americans
with some degree of African American blood passed for white between 1861and
1950. For these individuals, it was a complex decision that had a profound
impact on them as well as American history. Understanding the significance of
passing and its impact on your work is important for your future as a social
Submit by Day 7 a 2- to 3-page paper using APA formatting.
Also provide historical references and references from the resources. In the
paper, analyze the relationship between passing and privilege in North American
society, identify at least two incidents where passing may lead to greater
privilege, and explain the implications of passing on social work practice.