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Judging from photos, he was probably about three-quarters white. His actual ethnicity should be made clear in the article. Postlebury (talk) 23:08, 12 November 2008 (UTC)
Race is a social construct, and in Weaver's society, the so-called one-drop rule (referring to one imaginary drop of African blood, or one African ancestor) applied. This was because of rules during slavery which understood that white slave-owners were having babies with Black slaves and therefore assigned slave status (and racial identification) according to the status of the mother (and made it illegal for Black men to have sex with white women). Homer Plessy, for instance, was only one-eighth of African extraction, and yet he was considered Black in the United States of his era. Walter White, longtime head of the NAACP, was so light-skinned that he could have easily passed as white (as many actually did)--but this would have represented a lie under the cultural norms of the time. Today, to at least some extent, this has changed in that people of mixed-race ancestry have some degree of choice in their racial self-identification. Barack Obama, for instance, identifies as Black although his mother was white. Dave Golland (talk) 15:49, 14 November 2008 (UTC)
The article needs third-party valid sources, especially academic commentary and analysis. REporting from records of telephone conversations is original research (OR) using primary sources, and editors of Wikipedia are not supposed to be publishing OR here. --Parkwells (talk) 19:56, 15 April 2010 (UTC)
Someone should read Wendell Pritchett's recent biography and use it as a reference. (This could also handle the point about "content.") Dave Golland (talk) 14:52, 16 April 2010 (UTC)