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Re: Blair Underwood ancestry- SCOTT/HUMBLE

Are African American genealogists and historians being ignored and marginalized? That's the first question.

Are non-African American genealogists better equipped to handle African American genealogical research? Q2.

Why are there so many non-African American genealogists setting themselves up to be experts on African American genealogical research? Q3.

Are African Americans seeking non-African American genealogists and ignoring African American genealogists? Q4

Is there something else at play here?

I applaud WDYTYA for including stories about African Americans. This serves as inspiration for those African Americans who were/are on the fence with doing their family trees and histories.

By featuring African American genealogists and historians, they (WDYTYA) would serve up inspiration for aspiring African Americans to get in to the field, professionally. By not doing so, the program does a disservice by suggesting that either there aren't any African American genealogists and historians or they are not valued or welcomed.

My concerns go beyond WDYTYA, Ancestry.com, NGS, and even AfriGeneas.com. My concerns go to the heart of the matter - is the racism and associated evils that are evidenced in American society equally present in the American genealogy community?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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