Re: Well...

Date: 2014-09-28 06:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meowdate
Thank you for replying.

Agreed -and not as dead as my Grandmother wanted me to think. My Gr. Grandmother let it slip when I was abt 5, and when I asked my Grandmother if it was true (I got beaten up alot for looking like a "little Indian" while insisting that I was Black), she denied that we had Cherokee blood, saying "We are Black." My gr. grandmother corrected it to "Brown" and I never understood why we always had succotash, never pulled or swatted at plants, told stories, but did not talk much (gr. Gradma told stories, Grandma was silent & told me I asked too many questions). You are right, we hid, but in hiding, and mixing with communities that were later counted in census records as "Mulatto," we were marginalized. Virginia wiped out all traces of my grandfather's clear Cherokee ancestry by reclassifying all "Indian" birth/death/marriage records as Negro, over the protests of a long list of families who thought they had been treated as white. Not to pass for White, but to be free. I was worked on as a child to speak with 'the right' accent, but never accepted by Southerners, Black or White. So we take our hidden heritage, and try to come out of the closet now, to make it better for all of us, yes? That is what I am trying to do.
Sorry if this is long and a bit personal. Time for breakfast. :-)
TellYourStory Date (aka MEOW Date): 28.9.12014 H.E. (Holocene/Human Era)
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