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Originally Posted by Korkscrew
Interesting read. It is surprising how ignorant so many Americans are of American history. Because of the one drop rule, physically white people with known African ancestry moved to places where they would be accepted as just white, a.k.a. passing. Their descendants mated with other whites, so the African ancestry gets smaller with each generation until it no longer shows up. Duh.

Some of the commenters are finding ways to rationalize that this can't be slave ancestry. Smh.

It also seems that the rural eastern US was much more lax with racial mixing. There seems to be a lot of people who culturally are African American but physically look Native American, those who identify as white but if they moved to other parts of the country would be too dark to be considered simply white. Also, the Melungeons come from this part of the country.

America's concept of race is complicated and warped, especially when people don't want to acknowledge the history behind it.

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Originally Posted by multicultcurly
Word! ... I've also found it interesting that so many people in the US are quick to "claim Native". Not just blacks, but whites too.

With more affordable DNA testing, a lot of people making those claims are finding they don't have any detectable Native ancestry. My pet theory is that a fair percentage of whites who are eager to claim Native ancestry do so because they feel it relieves them of white guilt associated with abuse of Natives and the act of stealing their land. Also, if they can say they are (in part) Native, then suddenly no fingers are pointed at them, plus they might even get positive attention from liberal friends for being an "exotic other" who has been disenfranchised. Often, I think the reason many whites don't claim African ancestry is because Africans are more of a visible presence in society and a group that stands up and rightfuly demands equality among whites, so that there's tension/feelings of polarity and competition, whereas most Natives live on the outskirts of society and frankly, are in worse economic, social and political trouble than blacks or anyone else in the US [especially re: violent crime rates (esp. homocide/suicide)], chemical dependency and lack of education). ... It's easy to romanticize a group of people who you rarely see, who you conquered and who are nearly removed from the public conscience IMO.

As for so many blacks often claiming "Native", maybe there's some internalized racism going on there for some, like saying you are something other than "just black" as a way to try and get more social acceptance. Obvious it's also more politically correct in some circles to say you are part Native rather than waxing poetic about being part white.
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