This REALLY pissed me off this morning

This was in a Washington Post article from October 1st. I missed it originally, but thanks to Mike the Mad Biologist’s Daily Links, I read the article, which was really informative & interesting. DO read it, especially if you’re interested in American history, the history of the American South, & the history of American slavery.

What pissed me off was this:

“For White Americans, genealogy is primarily a hobby. It’s a leisure pursuit. But for African Americans, it’s much deeper than that. It’s a yearning to know who came before you.“ ~ Toni Carrier, genealogist and anthropologist


I have been TOTALLY & FULLY interested in my genealogy since before I was TEN YEARS OLD. I remember sitting at the picnic table with my grandmother, listening to her stories of “the olden days”, with a notebook, so I could take notes as she spoke … I STILL HAVE THOSE NOTES. I still have the very first family tree I created of my family…actually, my father’s side of the family. I learned about my mother’s side a few years later. When I was an adult, I received a family tree from a distant cousin in Britain who had traced the MacDavid/McDavid line back to the 12th century. Apparently we are related to William Wallace. My great-great-grandmother on my father’s side was a Wallace. My great-uncle was named Wallace. We are also related to the Erskines & the Irvines. If you know anything about Scots history, you will recognize those names.

White people don’t have a yearning to know who came before you? Really? I want to know every single person in every single line going back to the beginning of fucking time – I want to know all the names of every person in my family – on my father’s side – on my mother’s side – I want to know ALL the stories – I want to collect all the photographs I can – I want to know EVERYTHING that went into making ME … & how that affects my attitudes, my worldview, my religion, my politics. EVERY FUCKING THING.

I’ll be honest with you … I don’t like being called “white”. I hate that generic term. I hate generic terms in general. Be specific! I’m an American of German-Scots-Irish-French background & I want to know more about my background … because who knows what other ethnicities might be hidden in the shadows of time. My people were Northerners (Western New York State) & never owned other people. As far as I can tell, they didn’t own other people in Europe, either.

This is NOT a hobby. This is NOT a leisure pursuit. This has been a lifelong passion of mine … tracing the lines of my genealogy & creating family trees of my personal family.


I don’t know who Toni Carrier is but she needs to learn about PEOPLE. I googled her & apparently she’s the founder of the International African American Museum (which sounds like a cool place), so naturally she wouldn’t have any interest in MY story or the story of people like ME. That’s OK … people are into what they’re into. & most people are into themselves & people who are like them. But that doesn’t give her the right to dis other people. Which is what she did … saying that white people aren’t as passionate about their past as black people.


There’s a LOT of talk about racism nowadays & it’s a talk that’s long overdue. But let’s not forget that there’s a LOT of idiot talk about white people coming from people of color. Yeah, some of it is spot on but this time … IT WASN’T.

That just burned my ass this morning.

Link here ~~~~>

2 thoughts on “This REALLY pissed me off this morning

  1. It really does get tiresome, to have to kow tow to every screed written by African Americans, and let’s face it, the ones who hate white people simply because they’re white.
    You (generic you) don’t dare and protest this Orwellian horseshit, cuz’ you could get branded a racist quicker than you can say Parsons.
    (Parsons is a character in 1984 who gets turned in to the thought police by his own daughter for talking in his sleep)

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