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AfriGeneas Discuss! Forum Archive 2

Re: Why A Discuss Board?
In Response To: Why A Discuss Board? ()

Hello VKN,

I have great empathy and respect for the Afrigeneas Forum Monitors, it is no easy task managing the influx of thoughts and ideas coming to this forum.

Personally, I started coming to the Afrigeneas site in 1999 and found the research site very interesting and helpful, although I had previously researched privately, on my own, I was initially reluctant to place such "private" information on such a public format. I'm glad I did, ultimately it bolstered my family research immensely and more recently, I have met ancestral family members right here on this forum that I now consider more than family and certainly more than friends. Initially, I helped a great deal of Afrigeneas posters with their personal research,including Joseph.

I too, tumbled into the discuss format, via a message referring another poster to this area.

Like many of the other posters I was once a regular visitor to the BET web site and discussion boards until they "sold out" and lost their ethnic "flavor" and poster's like the entity which senselessly assailed Sister McKinney's public personality yesterday, became an everyday thing and it seemed there were no monitors, ethics, rules or morals within a thousand mile radius of any of their forums.

It is enjoyable having persons to converse with who share a thread of commonality in some small way, in our case (and most cases on this forum), it is our ethnic origin, heritage and research interest.

Like many of the posters here, I too grow tired and weary of constant encounters with brain-washed individuals, conditioned and preconditioned by society who have been taught lies and brazenly insist on coming to the forefront with their ever present blinders to the truth of African American magnificence and previously hidden historical contributions.

In my opinion, the "Discuss Forum" has helped us to get the facts and lay aside the fiction about the peoples of color who are the majority on the planet, this type of format compliments the academic education (beyond our sanctioned school systems) of our African American brothers and sisters and "others". All colors of people need our perspective (this perspective), to have empathy for one another.

"We" grew up "knowing" that we did not have a place or space on the American landscape. Everytime we made a space and place for ourselves, inveritably, we find that it is all too easily taken away because no one has the "energy" to perservere and battle the false prophets by standing up tall, respectful and everlasting.

It takes a strong constitution and a will of steel to be a conquering lion, although admittedly it is much easier to bend one's back and stoop over to give way, to be too busy to take it on, for it to be bigger than the both of us, and it is simple to hide under the "respect" you feel you will lose when it is tied to dollars, most persons can understand that, we are living in a profit driven society.

My message should you decide to close the forum;
I will continue my research the way I started...alone, but I want to thank the many researchers and friends at Afrigeneas I found along the way and say that each of you have impacted, affected and enriched my life in one profound way or another and it has been real. Good Luck to each of you and may your blessings increase.

Your Afrigeneas Sister
Angela Molette

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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