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
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU TO SAY WHAT GENEALOGY IS TO WHITE AMERICANS?
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.
THIS IS WHO THE FUCK I AM.
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.
FUCK THAT NOISE.
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 ~~~~> https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/10/01/charleston-plantation-tourism-magnolia-middleton-mcleod/