AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Historical Records Are They The Truth
I've read Paul's book and I'm from Hertford Co., NC. Historical records were keep by individuals who had much to gain by documenting a race out of existence. I find it interesting that people are willing to base their "facts" on these records, as if the people who wrote them were without the ability to "lie". If you read the minutes from colonial Virginia concerning the Nottoway Indians in the early 1800's, they say that all the men were dead and that only a few women were left who had children with blacks. So does this mean that these children are not Indian as well but are considered to only be black. When I know of so called tribes that have members that have less then 1/16 Native blood and the rest European and they are considered Indian. Also, what disease only kills the men of a race and leave behind woman and children (children by the way that no gender is given). I just think that historical records are only a source, they are not the beginning and end of TRUTH. Remember that these individuals gained a lot of wealth as a result of "all the Indians dying off". No one will ever tell me that the blood that flows through my veins isn't that of my ancestors who were living on this continent before Europeans arrived. I'm well aware that European, African and East Indian blood also flows in my veins. I just hate it when I read things (written by Europeans) that they "don't see this that and the other in the colonial records"; therefore, it isn't real or true. The pen is mightier than the sword and in this case that's a very true saying because it killed off and entire race of people along the Eastern seaboard.
My post isn't written to discount Paul's research. I'm grateful for all the work he did. I just would like for many others to consider that these records DO NOT tell the whole story and that the story they tell isn't necessarily the entire truth.