AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Re: Ariela Gross Litigating Identity and Citizens
In Response To: Ariela Gross Litigating Identity and Citizenship ()
Thank you again for being a voice of reason on this web site. Given the migration/immigration of many FPC families in the Southern US, and use of Anglo-Saxon names, it is nearly impossible to understand our exact orgins. Therefore, I would recommend that we keep an open-mind with oral histories as jumping off points for additional research.
BTW, I am the same Louis who responded to your most recent feedback under the "Caribbean forum". As mentioned, it was handed down to me my FPC and "white skinned Portagee" lines were largely Spanish speakers, and some French. (NOTE: This is not a blanket statement for all families along the VA/NC border; I can only speak for my blood kin.)
As I see it, there are two primary issues blocking the boarder understanding of the so-called tri-racial isolates:
1) lack of understanding of the formation of the USA (e.g., Spanish LA and FL, why the English Lord Proprieters arrived in the Carolinas, etc...)
2) some researchers personal agenda
If we lived in San Juan, Jamaica, Brazil or any other melting pot in the world, this forum, and perhaps this web site would not exist. Somehow too many in the US y feel very at ease with blaming Anglo-Saxons for enslaving Africans, and taking Native Ameirican (or the latest trend of feeling guilty). When in reality many of best-practices of the Southern US were in-line with the West Indies, including FPC with the same or nearly the same rights of Anglo-Saxons, Spanish/French/Portuguese speakers, and of course "mixed marriages" of many types.
This is reality, not an attempt to re-write history - as you can see, too many voices are independently stating the same. IMHO, the tri-racial isolates were formed because many wanted to live in peace, without labels and being shamed into fitting some mold of either being "Anglo-Saxon" or "African-American".