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Re: FPOC - Here Comes De Judge!

Hello Denise...
I was responding to George's last sentence...and I was referring to when FPOC families began to pass into the white society...since that time, it has gotten much more complicated...but I think by recognising the beginning process, and not blaming those who passed for white as being bad guys or selling out their darker brothers and sisters in the beginning, and understanding that it was indeed a survival process...then maybe some of the twists and tangles that we have in the present day will be easier to straighten out...
To give you an example from my own family...Back in 1850, my 4th g-grandfather was Choctaw, but he was a free mixedblood...his daughter married another Choctaw mixedblood who was also free...on the census itself, the race column had a "Z" in it for both families, which in census terms has no meaning at all..however, the daughter, my 3rd g-grandmother, had two baby boys, and those boys were listed to appear as tho they belonged with another family in the household who were marked as "white"...and their last names were altered somewhat as well to make them appear to be "of French extraction"...those boys as well as their siblings, including my 2nd g-grandmother, stayed free because of this...It was indeed a survival thing, as the only people who were really safe from slavers in 1850 were white people...
I hope this was helpful....
B.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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