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AfriGeneas Discuss! Forum Archive 2

Re: Mission Vision Goal ~ The Challenge

Dear VKN,

My response is not in anyway to be construed as "defensive" but rather protective of the fine reputations that most of the posters on Discuss deserve:

I have been involved in African American genealogy research since 1978 and accomplished substantial research on my family history long before I became aware of Afrigeneas. Once I discovered Afrigeneas, however, information offered by posters on all of the genealogy-related Forums have either confirmed
the accuracy of research that I had already completed or provided me with new avenues for tearing down "walls" and plugging "holes". In that regard, I have appreciated the suggestions and input of all genealogists on Afrigeneas and have benefitted from their experiences.

Through Afrigeneas, I learned that there are hundreds of African Americans who are very learned in the fields of genealogy, anthropology and ethnology. I personally met Tony Burroughs at a national genealogy convention in the early 90s. Afrigeneas has introduced me to many other professionals who have advanced degrees in their fields related to genealogy and have published extensively. As a result the volumes in my library have increased. I thank you for that.

My primary focus is genealogy. I have made substantial contributions to the genealogy boards posting under my family names. I confess that I, like a few others, use a pseudonym on the Discuss Forum because my family name is not relevant on the discuss forum. The "Discuss Board" specifically invites discussion on non-genealogical topics. But rest assuredly, I, like many other Discuss posters, am a regular and substantial contributor to the Afrigeneas genealogy forums as well.

I would hope that the above private poster would not judge all African American Discuss posters by a few persons who have not been receptive to her offers of help. Perhaps this anonymous poster can further examine why her offers of assistance are sometimes met with "hostility." Many times we are not aware of how we are perceived by others. Do we come across as helpful? maternalistic? know-it-all? superior? etc. Part of the challenge in genealogy is uncovering clues to our families on our own. All we need is a point in the right direction. The other thing that makes genealogy so fascinating, is that not all ancestral experiences are the same.

We should also keep in mind that the internet allows people to assume false identities and pretend to be someone they are not. Not all who appear to be Black on this Board are. Saying it does not necessarily make it so. Likewise, not all who appear to be White on this Board are. A variety of motives could underly the messengers' venomous posts and emails. Self-hatred and low self esteem fuel unkind acts toward others, regardless of race or color. The "Discuss Board" did not create these human frailities and closing the forum will not eradicate these individuals from the community. Many hateful individuals would like to see the destruction of the Afrigeneas site because it teaches, it reaches, and it connects thousands of African Americans to their hidden pasts.


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Mission Vision Goal ~ The Challenge
Re: Mission Vision Goal ~ The Challenge

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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