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AfriGeneas Western Frontier Forum

Re:Black and Native Relations
In Response To: Re:Black and Native Relations ()

Allen, as I have mentioned before, I was born and raised as what is today called an 'African American'. I say that to say this.

If I were to ignore the 'defeat' of my ancestors, then I would be, in my humble opinion, guilty of revisionism. The re-writing of history does not abet me if I am seeking the history that underlies what and who I am today.

I do not view Buffalo Soldiers as 'enemies' of Native Americans, but, rather, as men [and perhaps women?] of their times. I hold the same view of those Native Americans and other ethnic groups who fought on both sides of the Civil War; those African tribes who kidnapped and sold enemies to white slavers; those Jews who aided and abetted Hitler.

These people lived their lives in those times, not today, and I really have a difficult time judging their actions based upon today's so-called 'enlightened' vision. They did what they did, and I feel my life and my knowledge are better enriched by their true history as opposed to a sanitized version of that history.

The actions our ancestors took were nothing short of their evidencing their human natures. It is the same with us today. I can choose to work and earn big bucks in the corporate world, or I can choose to challenge that world and not take part in its businesses.

If I choose the latter option, how do I survive? I survive by getting others to fork over the monies necessary for my survival. Am I then a pimp? If not, why, then, would I call those who choose to labor for their money pimps or worse?

Bottom line, the choice is mine, and our ancestors made theirs. To indict them is an indictment against the choices they made. In reviewing my own personal history, I cannot afford to indict anybody. Would we have a mindless society of non-thinking persons who indict indiscriminately because one person or a group of persons think past actions are unacceptable?

I love my ancestors and, while they did not all wear white robes and wings, I nevertheless welcome them into my arena of blood kin. Truth be told, if they were to take a look at the way I have conducted myself throughout my life, they will probably find me more lacking than I could ever find them [especially since my life is, in all likelihood, so much easier than theirs was]. So, I thank God for small favors.

This, of course, is just my humble opinion.

Spivey


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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