An antiquated, often-offensive term for a person of mixed race, generally someone with one white and one black parent. Although this term was originally descriptive, it is now usually considered a slur. The archetype of the “tragic mulatto” is a fictional character that is unable to live a full happy life because he or she feels torn between two worlds and two races.
Mulatto Term Timeline in The Color of Water
The timeline below shows where the term Mulatto appears in The Color of Water. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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