African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Re: 1866 Treaty
In Response To: 1866 Treaty ()
Mike I gather you include yourself in that "uninformed-misinformed emotional" group?
The Cherokees emancipated their slaves in 1863, the treaty of 1866 BETWEEN the U.S. and Cherokee Nation reinforced the former slaves and freed people of color IN LAW that they "SHALL HAVE ALL THE RIGHTS OF NATIVE CHEROKEES."
Now Mike to you and those who attempt to make this an emotional argument the facts would demonstrate the Freedmen AND their descendants have clearly been granted citizenship if they are put on an equal status with Native Cherokees. There is no other conclusion to be reached and there is no need to specifically note the word citizenship if the Native Cherokee has their citizenship implied.
Now Mike perhaps you are unaware but since you bring up Jimmy Crow you might be surprised to learn that one of the most vocal supporters of Oklahoma's first legislative Act (the Jim Crow Provision) was a Cherokee.
For the life of me your attempts at minimizing the inhumane treatment and subsequent segregation of people which further distanced them from tribal life is somehow less oppressive than the violence and stripping away of "human rights" in "Little Dixie" Oklahoma was kinder and gentler is beneath you. I suggest you don't go there!
The lynchings, murders, violations of Civil and Human rights was as a direct result of the actions of people attempting to seize political and economic power at the expense of people formerly held in bondage. The five tribes may have emancipated the former slaves but they kept them in bondage politically and economically by laws such as Jim Crow.
Mike you are going to have to do better than that!Open your heart and mind to the injustice done to your brothers and sisters who are known as freedmen.
Ms. Vann and her organization have always been dignified and on point when they refuted every uninformed and deliberate attempt at misinformation coming from Mr. Smith and his friends. Your attempts at making this an emotional argument is without merit.
As Joe Friday would say, "just the facts man."