I have Located Ward Connerly NYT bio info - re Repeal of race
preference programs: Effects on Asians and public reactions
7barksda at jmls.edu
Mon Nov 27 19:09:49 PST 2006
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From: Barksdale, Yvette
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 9:06 PM
To: 'davidebernstein at aol.com'; nebraskalawprof at yahoo.com;
conlawprof at lists.ucla.edu
Subject: RE: Ward Connerly bio info - re Repeal of race preference
programs: Effects on Asians and public reactions
I have located the New York Times article re Connerly. The article is a
fairly extensive biography of Ward Connerly from July 27, 1997. 1997
o Re ancestry - The NYT quoted Connerly as saying the following:
""One drop of blood does it," he said, reviewing the computation: 25
percent black plus 37.5 percent Irish plus 25 percent French plus 12.5
percent Choctaw equals 100 percent black. "I suppose I could claim to be
Irish, but who wants to stand there and argue the point every time? So
The grandmother is listed as part European, Indian and Cajun. However,
this mixture, I don't think is unusual for Louisiana.
o The article also discusses his grandmothers bigotry: The article
"Ms. Stansberry and another cousin, Grace Haynes, go much further,
saying that Ward Connerly was reared by an out-and-out bigot, that their
late grandmother was openly scornful of black people, including those
married to five of her six children.
"Maybe that's why Ward decided to be as much of a white boy as he
could," Ms. Stansberry said. "That's the way he was, you know. We'd play
cowboys and Indians. He was always the cowboy and we had to turn up
She said Mr. Connerly had tried to create his own past. "Isn't that what
this campaign against affirmative action is all about, so Wardell can
bring down black people and forget his own blackness?" she asked.
Ms. Haynes agreed with these comments, adding that her grandmother
freely used slurs like "jigaboo" and "baboon." Family members also
recalled these verbal slights and worse.
Yvonne Soniea, Grace Haynes's elderly mother and Ward Connerly's aunt,
refused several requests for an interview before finally answering some
questions. Old wounds left by her mother-in-law's barbed tongue still
hurt. In the telling, she broke down inconsolably. " I never wanted
others in the family to know these things," she said. " These were
Her mother-in-law, Yvonne Soniea said, tried to prevent her from
marrying into the family. "I'm not dark, but I'm definitely
African-American," Yvonne said. "She told me I'd have black babies and
she didn't want them around."
I was very incorrect though about his "upper-class" heritage. His
family was definitely working class to poor.
And, I will have to stop posting based upon memory - which obviously is
decreasing rapidly with age. ( I will certainly in the future qualify
any unchecked assertions as "I believe" :-)
Professor Yvette M. Barksdale
The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 427-2737 (phone)
(312) 427-9974 (fax)
From: davidebernstein at aol.com [mailto:davidebernstein at aol.com]
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 8:05 PM
To: Barksdale, Yvette; nebraskalawprof at yahoo.com;
conlawprof at lists.ucla.edu
Subject: Re: Repeal of race preference programs: Effects on Asians and
FWIW, Ward Connerly has only one African American grandparent, is
otherwise of European and Indian ethnic background, and defines himself
as being of multiracial background.
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