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I am reminded of an apocryphal story about the American newspaperman who went to Haiti and had an interview with the President. They started to talk about Haiti and its population, and most indiscreetly the American newspaperman asked the President what percentage of the people were white. And the President of Haiti said, ‘Oh, about 95 per cent.’ The American newspaperman looked a little puzzled and said, ‘Well, how do you define white?’ And the President of Haiti said, ‘How do you define coloured?’ And the American newspaperman said, ‘Well, of course, anybody with Negro blood is coloured.’ Said the President: ‘Well, that’s exactly our definition, too: anybody with white blood is white.
Mayr, E., in Mead, M., T. Dobzhansky et al., eds., Science and the Concept of Race (New York, 1967), p. 104.
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