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Re: Freedmen's Association (Descendant's)
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You pose a valid question. Clearly the current political issue pertaining to Indian Territory Freedmen struck such a nerve with the list owner. Several persons unsubscribed from the list when they saw the blatant racist restrictions stated when Freedmen were mentioned. Intersetingly the discussion that provoked the list owner was that of white "intruders" yet when those of African ancestry were mentioned the owner of the list became quite outraged and expressed it publicly on the list.
That was the catalyst that planted the seed for creating this Forum free of such restrictions which will allow dicussion of the issues pertaining to the history of the Black Indains of Oklahoma.
Ironically though so many persons of Freedman ancestry are seeking citizenship of their respective nations in actuality many have made remarkable advances in their respective lives and have in comparison to many succeeded professionally educationally and politically and to much extent further than others who live within their nations.
This does not however defend nor excuse the blatant racist elitism and exclusionary practices of the nations today. The miso-Africanist (basic hatred of those of African origin) attitudes of many from Indian Territory continue today through their embracement of whites and immediate rejection of their African compatriots.
However regarding the Africans of Indian Territory the need to celebrate the strong contribution of African Indians and their leaders is imperative. I speak of persons such as Sugar George and Harry Island---African Creeks; Abraham John Horse and John Caesar of the Seminoles; King Blue and his compatriot signers of the Memorial of 1882 from the Choctaws and Chickasaws; and the Becks and Rogers from the Cherokees and many many more. The nations wish to hide their existence. However they did exist and their/OUR nations exist because these Africans were there.
Now of course the time is here to commemorate their history before the exclusionaries choose to eliminate them from historical works and shallow revisionism.
A descendant's organization yes. For the benefit of the Freedman descendants---yes. The key is to educate the descendants about the history and the accomplishments of their ancestors.
[23 Jun 1999]
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