The Collector
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The Collector

Racism, Black Lives Matter

When Whiteness Could Be Bought

Individuals could purchase racial exemptions to achieve social status

The painting depicts a black grandmother, mulatta mother, white father and their quadroon child, hence three generations of racial hypergamy through whitening.
Source: Wikipedia

During the late 18th century, colonial Venezuela had a bizarre legal avenue to free persons of part-African descent of the so-called ‘inferiority’. In exchange for money, of course!

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Kamna Kirti

Kamna Kirti

Art enthusiast. I engage with art at a deep level. I also share insights about entrepreneurship, founders & nascent technologies. https://linktr.ee/kamnakirti