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Alex Scott

The act of passing is extremely taboo on both the Caucasian and African-American sides of the spectrum in the story. Why is this such a big deal (husbands leaving wives, waiters asking patrons to leave restaurants)? As Clare asks her husband, "What difference would it make, if after all these years, you were to find out I was one or two percent colored?" Really, if this is a color issue to the people who place importance on this, then what is the difference?