African-Native American Genealogy Forum
In Response To: Re: BUMPUS/THETFORD ()
Response to point one:
The romantic notion that you have "Cherokee" ancestry based solely on the oral traditions of your ancestors is meaningless to anyone but yourself. We Cherokees are a tribal people, the views of the group are greater than one individual. Your declaration of rejecting the "red thumbs up" from the Cherokee people's government is insulting. Be that as it may, I will note for those not familiar with the destructive impact of wannabeism and who may find your loose use of the word genealogy to be authoritative, that you have presented no facts or documentations which would give anyone reason to believe that your ancestors were Cherokees or even Indians. The mere fact that a man named Bumpus was described as an Indian does not make him your ancestor. The greater likelyhood is that he is not. Absent proof, I lean toward the latter. The fact that you have glued yourself to a claim of Cherokee blood ancestry despite what the records show or the Cherokee tribe says, speaks more about your ego and identity crisis than it does about the true nature of your genetic heritage. Go ahead, be an afront to the Cherokee people's dignity, heritage and culture. You simply join thousands of others just like yourself who care nothing of the rights of the Cherokee people and only whether or not you get to be a cigar store Indian.
My response to point #2:
No, absolutely not!! The Trail of Tears belongs to the descendants of those who suffered in that tragedy. They are documented on the 1835 Henderson Roll and the 1909 Miller Roll. You have no more right to lay claim to our heritage than would I have a right to claim having suffered the Nazi Holocaust simply by converting to Judaeism.