Saturday, March 19, 2016

EVOKING THE MULATTO

Evoking the Mulatto is a multimedia project examining black mixed identity in the 21st century, through the lens of the history of racial classification in the United States. It was created by the filmmaker Lindsay Catherine Harris, and features compelling interviews with young Americans as they reflect on the complex process of defining themselves. This is the first of four episodes


http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/471885/mulatto-its-not-a-cool-word/







" 'MULATTO' IS NOT A COOL WORD"

ETYMOLOGY  (noun) - the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. [Definition from google]


ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD "MULE"  - 1590s, "offspring of a European and a black African," from Spanish or Portuguese mulato "of mixed breed," literally "young mule," from mulo "mule," from Latin mulus (fem. mula) "mule" (see mule (n.1)); possibly in reference to hybrid origin of mules (compare Greek hemi-onos "a mule," literally "a half-ass;" as an adjective, "one of mixed race"). As an adjective from 1670s. Fem. mulatta is attested from 1620s; mulattress from 1805.