In 1977, 43-year-old Susie Phipps, a white woman living in Louisiana, decided to apply for a passport in order to take a cruise. Since she didn't have a previous passport, she went to the Division of Vital Records in New Orleans to obtain a copy of her birth certificate. In addition to her parents’ names, her date of birth, and so forth, her birth certificate also listed her race, a common feature on birth certificates at the time of her birth. Much to her shock and dismay, her race was listed as “colored.” Apparently, she took this news so badly that she was forced to retreat to her bed for three days. She claimed there had been a terrible mistake. ...
Race and Racism
Race and racism