“And in fact, most people of color aim less to pass for whites as much as to pass for mixed, which is ironic since many multiple-generation people of color in the United States are, in fact, already mixed… Within the white social sphere, the technological innovation is ironically similar: the objective… is not to be taken for actually being mixed but instead to be taken for looking mixed
A dichotomy of sex–power relations emerges in which the mixed-race individual is structured technologically as a symbol of successful possession (think of the status symbol of the black cliché of the light-skinned wife, or perhaps even the mulatto concubine of the nineteenth century) and power (the status symbol of the light-skinned husband, who, in black communities has been the historical recipient of educational, spiritual, economic, and political resources), which… promises a future of less and less blackness—in a word, denegrification.” Lewis Gordon, Existentia Africana, pp. 109 – 110.