“If You're Half Black, You're Just Black”: Reflected Appraisals and the Persistence of the One-Drop Rule

  title={“If You're Half Black, You're Just Black”: Reflected Appraisals and the Persistence of the One-Drop Rule},
  author={Nikki Khanna},
  journal={The Sociological Quarterly},
  pages={121 - 96}
  • Nikki Khanna
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Law
  • The Sociological Quarterly
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