Re: Well...

Date: 2014-09-28 06:28 am (UTC)
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>> 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), <<

Oh wow. There is a deep connection between Cherokee and black folks because the Cherokee hid escaped slaves. I think the Seminoles are the only tribe with a tighter connection. There are some others too. But now some tribes are trying to cut their black members off the roles. Racism is a bad thing to catch from the white folks. 0_o

>> 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). <<

That is a nifty list. Thanks for sharing.

>> You are right, we hid, but in hiding, and mixing with communities that were later counted in census records as "Mulatto," we were marginalized. <<

There's always a cost.

>> 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. <<

Sooth. Me too. My background is very eclectic -- well, you'll see that all through my writing.

>> Sorry if this is long and a bit personal. <<

That's okay.
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