'A Chosen Exile': Black People Passing In White America : Code Switch : NPR:
n California, the young woman passed as white. She married a white
man, and they had children who never knew they had black blood. Then,
one day, years later, her phone rang.
It was the woman's mother
with distressing news: Her father was dying, and she needed to return
home immediately to tell him goodbye.
The cousin replied, "I can't. I'm a white woman now."
She missed her father's funeral, and never saw her mother or siblings again.