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Re: DNA Tribes New Populations
In Response To: Re: DNA Tribes New Populations ()

My goodness. Your post asked so many thought-provoking questions! Great post! Well, for starters, no, I consider myself to be AFrican American. My students often ask me that or they ask me if I'm Latina or Black. I tell them Yo soy Africana Americana, pero soy una hispanoblante tambien! (That I'm an African American lady who is also a Spanish Speaker!) My Mom (product of a several long lines of mulattos wtih a few AFricans mixed in for flavor, tee hee) has been mistaken for everything from White with a light tan, to hispanic. Even my Dad lost her in a crowd in San Antonio once and they've been married 42 years! Hahahaha! My Dad is a handsome dark brown AFrican American. It's HIS gg-grandfather who came as a slave from Cuba and he is described as "very black" on papers we have. So he was definitely AFrican by ethnicity, but hispanic by culture because he spoke spanish and learned English I think, after arriving in America. There were huge documented trade relations between Alabama and Cuba! As for if these companies are pulling our legs or not. Man............I don't know. That's a hard one. I'd really like to believe not. But I'm a very intuitive person......and something about all this South African stuff just doesn't feel my soul. I don't want to sound all goofy, but ya know, maybe I just haven't had it explained to my satisfaction yet. I was just so gung ho for West African lineage. I actually love the idea of having South African lineage as well, it's just that it flies in the face of history and is, therefore, rather unbelievable. As for being embraced by the cultures we meet after telling them we're part of them, I think it's going to be very individual, with some embracing and warm, some laughing, some disgusted, some who won't believe and some indifferent. I think I want to feel something inside mainly, yet I also think I DO want to have a connection with a place in Africa. Ya know? Even if I don't look like some of the people I may belong to, but just to say, hello long lost brethren, I'm part of you. I hope they would "recognize" me. I loved it on African American Lives when Chris Tucker goes to Angola and he says "these are my people" and tells the little girl, "Come on baby girl" and then they go and sit down to watch a group of the village women do a welcome dance for him. I always cry at that part! It's so beautiful to me! Sorry so long!! I hope I answered everything. :-) smile!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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