The Fallacy

This threatening chant often repeated by white supremacists in America is not just wrong, it’s hopeless.  Of course they will replace us.  It’s a mathematical certainty.  It’s true that Blacks and immigrants bear more children on average than Whites, but that’s not the reason.  Even if we all had the same number of offspring and if Trump closed the borders tomorrow, every successive generation in America will contain a smaller percentage of Whites and with every generation this trend accelerates.  Victims of our own pride we are destined for extinction.

It’s not about our genes; it’s not a question of a superior race.  It is the “one-drop rule” that will usher us to our ultimate demise.  This rule literally means that a single drop of “black blood” makes a person black and the product of every mixed couple will add to the growing community of Blacks.  The math is not hard; I picked up on this when I first heard the rule in the sixth grade while my Dad was stationed in Hampton, Virginia.  I’d almost blocked it out of my mind because no one ever says it out loud. 

“Anthropologists call it the “hypo-descent rule,” meaning that racially mixed persons are assigned the status of the subordinate group. This definition emerged from the American South to become the nation’s definition, generally accepted by whites and blacks. Blacks had no other choice. As we shall see, this American cultural definition of blacks is taken for granted as readily by judges, affirmative action officers, and black protesters as it is by Ku Klux Klansmen.”

”Not only does the one-drop rule apply to no other group than American blacks, but apparently the rule is unique in that it is found only in the United States and not in any other nation in the world.”

Who is Black? One Nation’s Definition” by F. James Davis 1991

In the age of Trump the one-drop rule is frequently applied not just blacks but to all non-whites.  Perhaps Senator Warren and all her descendants should be called American Indians after all. 

Of course at the same time the percentage of “pure blacks” in America is disappearing even faster than our Lily-white population.  The difference is they have taken responsibility for rearing these mixed race children, welcoming them into their communities and sharing their rich traditions and sadly their long standing resentments.  The irony is neither blacks nor whites want to change that definition even though both would benefit.  We’ve all become far too comfortable living is our own separate communities.

If it’s any consolation, this has happened a hundred times before even if on smaller scales.  Caucasians may go the way of Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals.  Officially extinct, yet every one of us possesses those crucial drops of Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal blood.  Today we might call them genetic markers and if we believe in natural selection we might imagine we inherited the best of both.