Color Bind

Louisiana reforms—sort of

"Louisiana was made the laughingstock of the nation," says Lee Frazier, a Democratic state representative from New Orleans. "Laughingstock" may be charitable: the source of embarrassment was a retrograde Louisiana statute, passed only 13 years ago, that stipulated that a person is "nonwhite" if his racial makeup includes more than one thirty-second "Negro blood." Last week Republican Governor David Treen signed a bill, drafted by Frazier, that repeals the 1970 statute and requires the state from now on to accept parents' designation of a child's race. The change is...

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