AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
In Response To: Re: Indian? ()
Interesting. Some factors that were popping in my head as I read your post.
1. Are we the "product" of "other cultures" or are we the "product" of people from other cultures? Because the man who impregnated my enslaved great-great-grandmother, his "property", was of Irish descent, does not mean that I should celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? Dr. Wade Nobles defines culture as a process which gives a people a general design for living and patterns for interpreting their reality (See "Africanity and the Black Family: The Development of a Theoretical Model", p. 102). I'm not Irish culturally. The same goes for Native American, French, etc.
2. Personally, I don't think many are ashamed to acknowledge the other ethnicities in their family trees. Where I come from (The Sip - Mississippi), I didn't experience that at all. It may be that in living in a society that glorified ABA ancestry, with the "good" hair and all the "trimmings", we just might be sick and tired of hearing folk giving so much attention to their "mixed" ancestors while the others, who more heavily populate their family tree in most cases, are not acknowledged or even researched. (ABA = Anything But African)
3. Very true. There was indeed a lot of consensual sex that occurred between enslaved women and their enslavers that produced "mulatto" children, especially in your state of research, Louisiana. I agree that the comment made to Tsonga was disrespectful, especially to the ancestors who were indeed raped. However, there are a lot of factors that may have contributed to the decisions many enslaved women made...a means of survival comes to mind, as well as being led to believe that their "mixed" children just might fair better in a harsh, mind-altering society where the color of your skin governs a lot of things. In contrast, many enslaved women purposely aborted their pregnancies because of not wanting their offspring to live within an odious institution (slavery). Their destabilizing environment undoubtedly was the impetus for many of their decisions....that is, if the sex was consensual. (Side note: I'm aware of the fact that in some of these interracial relationships during slavery, there might have been some cases where actual admiration or love existed.)
Just brainstorming some thoughts....enjoying the dialogue.
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