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Re: Forming African-Native American Nation and Tri
In Response To: Forming African-Native American Nation and Tribal ()
As An African Cherokee Blackfoot 22 year old woman I can definately appreciate the pride you and other African-Natives take in their heritage. A heritage that many refuse to respect and acknowledge---at least in my personal experiences.
BUT there is something that troubles me about what you are proposing. On one hand I DO feel that we deserve our own rolls giving us the recognition that I notice many White-Natives receive--quite frankly. On the other hand I SEEMS to me that in the quest to define ourselves we are also trying to seperate ourselves from the "African-American" community to avoid the stigma of what it means to be "black" in this society. That disturbs me. It just doesn't seem to make any sense. To be "African-American" is to be partly Native. Given the history of this country it comes with the territory. Regardless of race we ALL need to respect and acknowledge this FACT. There are no PURE races. Many people seem to be in denial (read: ignorant) about that sobering fact. The more I am learning about my own heritage the more incensed I become when I ecounter this "us and them" mentality that many African-Natives seem to have in an effort to dissociate with any and everything African-American when in fact the vast majority of African-Americans have ancestry. It's just of question of how much. In reality there isn't any "us and them" between African-Natives and African-Americans. We really are one.
I want to thank you for your insight on a history many have neglected. Reading your post as well as the others have been a big help in my quest to learn even more than what my family has taught me. It was not my aim to offend anyone but I feel I have raised valid points and welcome any feedback.
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