You hear that, or variations of that often in the South if you ask about ‘where your people are from’
(which often garners the reply of ‘I’m Irish/Scottish/ect but that’s another rant).
In my case I get it from BOTH sides of my family. There is a (supposedly) Chickasaw Grandmother on my Dad’s side of the family, and a nebulous Native relative on my Mother’s side, though there are even fewer details there, due to there not being very many details at ALL about that side of the family more than a generation back.
( I presume someone got hung for something embarrassing, knowing my kin.)
I’ve often wondered WHY this is such a common ancestral meme.
No one I know has actually bothered to research, not that there’s very many accessible records of Native People several generations back, and not having a first name, or pre-marriage name makes it pretty impossible regardless, so… why?
It came to me recently that it’s likely because it lets white people, like myself, throw up that mental baffle of ‘Well ACTUALLY…’ so as not to think about how the culture we benefit from was built on the resources we stripped from the people that were here even before my ancestors showed up on the scene.
Same goes for the people who say ‘My ancestors never owned any slaves!’ Really? Do you KNOW this? You’ve actually gone through and checked to see if people who lived 150+ years ago didn’t own other people for profit?
Just because you haven’t done something horrible, it doesn’t get you off the hook if you directly benefit from it.
How do we make this right? CAN it be made right?
Fuck, I dunno, man. I’m just some guy who pretends to be a dog on the internet.