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Re: A clarification
In Response To: Re: A clarification ()

Eli you are looking at it from a very enlightened perspective. I use the available census records all the time and am glad that they have helped me further my own research and helped others do the same.

But here is something to think about regarding "helping" your oppressor. The descendants of Freedmen of the Five slave holding tribes are as much a part of those tribes as any enrolled member. Oppression does not terminate the connection. In fact, it strengthens it because if there were no connection there could be no oppression.

Blacks who suffered tremendously under Jim Crow still joined the National Guards of their home states and fought in every war for a nation that treated them as second or even third class citizens. The men of Tuskegee didn't ask the question, do I help the U.S. and fight or do I stay home because they didn't let me vote.

Punishing the tribes to which you belong is only cutting off your nose to spite your face and will play into the mentality of the racists who say you don't belong and have not helped to build the tribe to its present state. Freedmen do belong and they should help because their connection to the tribe is bigger and stronger than the oppression. And I know they are better than that.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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