Wrote slightly similar on a response to one of Dr. Ben Carson’s absurd comments about slavery. In that, I said I do not know anything of my lineage beyond my paternal grandfather and even that is sketchy. On the maternal side, just my grandmother. That grieves me, but here’s the balm. I am writing my father’s biography as best I can. It forced me to seek information and in doing so was astounded at what I did not know and how few we are who can face that past without rancor. It caused me to use my own language to describe the Mafaa and the murder of many people to get to the present. It helped me understand that Manifest Destiny was understood, across continents without having to state it.
No one has the responsibility to teach our history. Libraries are free!
What did my search do for me? Freed me. I do not hate or even resent the “other”. I do not accept Emancipation. It was, in fact, the abandonment of millions of mothers, fathers, and children in foreign lands without a dime…and the perpetrators had to be paid for the loss of their investments……think Haiti. That’s just one.