classify, verb transitive

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To assign (someone, or, less frequently, something) to a racial group, as defined by apartheid legislation. Usually passive. See also re-classify.
1950 Act 30 in Stat. of Union 279Every person whose name is included in the register shall be classified by the Director as a white person, a coloured person or a native, as the case may be, and every coloured person and every native whose name is so included shall be classified by the Director according to the ethnic or other group to which he belongs.
1966 Survey of Race Rel. 1965 (S.A.I.R.R.) 112The two youngest children attended a school that was at one time ‘mixed’: they chose to stay on there when the school was later classified ‘Coloured’.
1967 Govt Gaz. Extraordinary Vol.24 No.1753, 1Definition Of Coloured Groups In Terms Of Section Five Of The Population Registration Act, 1950...With effect from the seventh day of July, 1950, the following groups shall be the groups into which coloured persons shall be classified.
1970 E. Prov. Herald 4 Sept.No one is just a person in South Africa. Every living soul — or dead one, for that matter — is officially classified by race.
1973 P. Laurence in Star 16 June 5The Coloured man whose daughter was classified as an African and who had to employ her as a servant to legalise her presence in his home is a recent victim.
1978 Drum June 79I would like to know what the offspring of a coloured guy and a black girl would be classified as. I know that a child resulting from a white guy and a black girl would be coloured.
1988 Daily Dispatch 23 Feb. 17Where a father was classified black — this included Indian, coloured or African — the child was also classified black. However, when the father was white and the mother was not, then the child took the same racial classification as the mother.
1990 City Press 4 Mar. 12The government decreed that everyone had to be racially classified and that it was a crime for people of different races to live in the same suburb, marry or have sexual contact.
To assign (someone, or, less frequently, something) to a racial group, as defined by apartheid legislation. Usually passive.
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