Despite the many social changes of the last half-century, many Americans still "pass": black for white, gay for straight, and now in many new ways as well. We tend to think of passing in negative terms--as deceitful, cowardly, a betrayal of one's self. But this compassionate book reveals that many passers today are people of good heart and purpose whose decision to pass is an attempt to bypass injustice, and to be more truly themselves.
Excerpts are available, if you wanted to know more.
The Salon piece also name-checks Colson Whitehead's "The Intuitionist" by way of example (and I have no idea where my copy of that is. . .).
Sure I've mentioned before that one of my paternal grandmother's sisters passed, married a white guy, and was never heard from by the family again.
And that some Cherokee and other folks passed for Black (and how fucked is your existence when you're passing for Black?) to avoid that whole Indian Removal Act thing.
I'd look, but I should be working.