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Re: Tracing Persons Passing for White

Our family just had our own revelation in only the past month or so. It was amazing how everyone responded. It became a huge family drama. I have been working on the family history for over 13 years and finally through the help of Ancestry.com jumped over my husband's family brick wall. I really wasn't surprised what I found as I had suspected but it was devestating to some family members. My husband's father looks white, his sister looks white however on the 1930 census they are marked as black. I traced the line all the way back to 1880 and they are all black. My husband's father and aunt have never told anyone their race. Not even my husband's mother (they have long been divorced). My husband's response was of joy. He thought the news was great. However, other family members didn't take it as well. Funny thing was my husband's father was a racist or at least pretended to be until he believed. He passed this trait onto some of the other children. My mother-in-law feels that it shouldn't be discussed because it might hurt others in the family. She is married to a Chinese man now so race isn't the issue. It is about how it might make others feel.
I wish I could go into detail about how much turmoil and pain the news brought the family. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I thought the information wonderful. Especially for my children.

I have used it as a lesson for my children that one should always judge a person on their character not by the color of their skin or the place from which they come. I have been truely heartbroken by some of the family's response to the information.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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