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Re: slave importation (the acadians, huguenots)


Please expect an email later today asking for your GedMatch kit number.

With all due respect, I understand your preference to be called black and/or African American. However, after more the 20 years of research I have come to see the light. Safety in numbers... As you are probably aware between 1900-1920 an enormous amount of hate/violence swelled in this country toward those who were not "white" (Anglo/Saxon). Subsequently, our "creole" ancestors, many born in the West Indies as FPC Spanish/French speakers were left in the dark. As we know understand many FPC were also slaver owners, many having very European features - but, whose origins and/or last name prevented them from fitting into either the white or "negro" (former enslaved Africans) world.

Fast forward to the 1960s to 1970s... there's a strong need for blacks who descended from enslaved Africans to find there "roots". However, there was a lot of attention on black = enslaved - completely overlooking the FPC/creole roots in the Southeast. So, today we spin our wheels attempting to tie the falsehood that all non-whites were enslaved and any links to European parentage were done so forcibly.

By no means am I attempting to diminish the slave trade. But it is time for those of us who are interested in our roots to comes to certain terms with where we fit in society before 1863 - and stop chasing family lore.

Lastly, as a "test" I submitted my mother's DNA results from 23andMe to the self-proclaimed "head negro in charge" - Dr. H. L. Gates, Jr/ My goal was to confirm what I already knew... if I told them my Roberts (Roberio) line was from Puerto Rico, would they tilt the dialog otherwise. Of course, labeled the conversation as "Afro-Latino", and a well known DNA professional countered the DNA was from Angola - not the Guineas (as determined by 23andMe). My Roberts line (the Roberts in Paul Heinegg's book) - called themselves "Spanish" (today the term would be Hispanic) and spoke the language. Physically, my Roberts great-grandmother would remind you have a Jennifer Lopez archetype. Case and point, our history has been white-washed and very few seem to care.

Actor John Leguizamo's play:

There's also an NPR interview to accompany:


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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