AfriGeneas Caribbean Research Forum
Re: [BARBADOS] Native American Links to Barbados
In Response To: Re: [BARBADOS] Native American Links to Barbados ()
I have no real dates or information but from what I have been gathering it would have been very easy for some of the native americans that were sent to this part of the world to be classified as black. There is an ungoing feud right now about who can call themselves Native American and who can't. It is a matter of all the classifications that we were put into no matter how many white ancestors you had, if your great-great grandfather or grandmother had black skin, you were classed as black. Add to this East Indian, Carib, Irish and British bloodlines and you have the make up of the black people of this part of the Caribbean. We are not 100% anything but a percentage of everything, we defy all systems of categorisation of blood so we just accept the general title black. How we look on the outside has nothing to do with our genetics. There are dark skinned people with more white ancestors than some who are fairer. The one thing that is common to all my non-european suspected ancestors is respect for our ancestors. How do I speak to my ancestors if I have no idea who they are. Right now I don't really look like any other black people I know. I have a face similar to the Cartoon depiction of Pocahontas!! I also have the long hair. I have been mistaken for a Somali, a doagla (East Indian x African) everything except the descendant of a slave. No one believes that I am from the Caribbean. This is why I asked about DNA.