By Kenneth Lumpkin
In the south, it was always understood by African-Americans, if an individual had an ounce of black blood in their system, they were considered black. Slave masters over 200 years ago created this law to protect them from having to provide possession rights to their slaves. In fact, there were many African-Americans of a light complexion that could easily pass themselves off as being White. However, the fear of being caught and harmed kept most of these individuals from taking a chance.