The 1890 Census is a sore spot for anyone researching their ancestry in the U.S. because it’s the reason for a 20 year gap in records. Since this census was burned in a fire, there is very limited data to retrieve between 1880 and 1900. This causes many researchers to hit a brick wall because a lot can happen over the course of 20 years to make the “breadcrumb trail” disappear.
Too much shadiness was going on, around this time, for the burning of the census to be a coincidence. The article I link to below, detailing the facts surrounding the fire, leads me to believe there was definitely some foul play. Here’s some interesting facts from the article:
Do Better: There is a high probability the 1890 census was purposefully destroyed to continue erasing copper-colored people’s identity. I urge you to not let this 20 year gap in census data stop your ancestry research. Other records you can search at the county level include: birth, death, marriage, church and military records.
How is it possible for the offspring of two native Americans to be anything but native American?
During the time Dawes Rolls were instituted, Blood Quantum laws were being used to determine who was native enough to be included in one of the Five Civilized Tribes. Some natives were excluded because they didn’t have enough blood of onetribe to be included on their registry. As crazy as this may sound, those who were mixed with several different tribes were only allowed to enroll in one tribe. So, instead of adding up their blood quantum to be included, they could only claim the portion for the tribe they chose.
For example, if someone had 100% native blood, but from four different tribes, they could only claim 1/4 blood from one of the tribes. If that tribe required 1/2 degree blood quantum, then the native was excluded. As with the One-Drop Rule, these laws excluded many natives from tribal affiliation, thereby stripping them of their heritage and rights.
Do Better: Know that these laws I’ve been blogging about were put into place for a reason. That reason was to take away the identity of the coppered-colored races of people the Europeans found here. Taking away the identity made it easier for them to take over the land. It is imperative for you to research your ancestry so you’ll know who you are.
The One-Drop Rule was established during the late 1800s and early 1900s, when racial classification laws were being passed. Under this rule, anyone with one drop of African blood was classified as Black.
During that period, it was not uncommon for native Americans to form bonds with Africans, called Negroes. According to the One-Drop Rule, the child of a Native American and a Negro would be classified as Black. As harmless as this “label” may have seemed, it excluded many natives from tribal affiliation, thereby stripping them of their heritage and rights.
Do Better: For those of you who have started researching your ancestry using census and vital statistics records, you may keep running into the classification of “Black” or “Negro.” This doesn’t rule out native American ancestry. It just means at least one of the parents were African. The other parent could have been from here, so keep digging. This is where retrieving oral stories from elder relatives becomes important. When I interviewed my relatives, I was surprised to find out how many of the grandmothers were so-called Indian.
Image: “Commercial and Agricultural Bank of Texas $1.00 (one dollar)” – Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library
U.S. culture is unfortunately tainted with corruption and conspiracies and it is known that if you want to get to the truth of a matter you should “follow the money”. This proved to be true, in a sense, when I went looking for the truth about who the real original Americans were.
In the 1800s, U.S. private banks printed their own paper currency often featuring images of what they called Indians. The Bank of Texas note, pictured above, clearly depicts the Indian as copper-colored and not the likeness of those mostly seen on reservations today. The article in the link below features other bank notes depicting images of copper-colored people as well.
Do Better: If you have been keeping up with my blogs and are copper-colored, but not certain your ancestors derived from a country in Africa, you should have at least started asking your eldest relatives questions about those who came before them.
The 1800s seem like a long time ago, but you may have relatives whose grandparents shared stories with them about their grandparents (who would have lived during or very close to the 1800s). The longer we wait to collect information, the further we get from the truth. It is important for us to know our past, so it won’t be washed away completely by those who have been keeping it from us.
In this 17 minute video, a researcher tells the truth about the sophistication and intelligence of the original Americans, whom I’ve already established were the copper-colored races of people the Europeans found here. He also uncovers a hidden truth about who lived among them, that will surprise you.
Do Better: There is a faction of people going to great lengths to suppress information about who the original Americans truly were/are and what they were/are capable of. Ask yourself, “why?” Then, get curious about your history and wonder what else is being kept from you. The answers are out there, you just have to look for them. Start by researching your ancestry. Does it seem strange to you that copper-colored people of America are the only people on the planet who do not know their country of origin?
As a result of programming from school, I was led to believe enslaved people in America were considered less than human because they were counted as three-fifths of a person. Recently, I’ve learned this mind-set derived from the Three-Fifths Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which had nothing to do with the value of a person, but everything to do with politics.
In a nutshell, southern slave owners wanted enslaved people counted in their states’ population to give them greater representation in the House of Representatives. Northerners, of course, fought against this because it would put them at a disadvantage since they didn’t own slaves. So, they compromised and agreed to count enslaved people as three-fifths of a person in the population.
Do Better: People of color in America are generally belittled, or thought less of, by every other race of people. I can’t say for sure that this three-fifths of a person idea is the cause, but I have a feeling it has something to do with it. Subconsciously, we may even think less of ourselves because of it. Now that you know the truth, be certain of your value and never allow anyone to make you feel less than human.
Image: “Lydia Kamakaeha” by unknown – onipaa.orgHawaii State Archives. Call Number: PP-98-10-009. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia
This beautiful sister was the last queen of Hawaii. Unfortunately, she and her people suffered the same fate as the copper-colored people found in America (by the same perpetrators). In 1894, she was unlawfully stripped of her sovereignty and overthrown by the U.S. government. This was during the same time period in which the copper-colored people of America were being forced from their land and “civilized” by the Europeans. It was then that Hawaii was annexed to the United States.
The difference between copper-colored people of America (who think they’re Black), and Hawaiian people is that Hawaiians are currently organizing to fight for their sovereignty. Before Blacks in America can come together for any such movement, we must first wake up to who we really are.
Do Better: The next time you see a Hawaii tourism commercial advertising a vacation or you actually get to go there yourself, think about the last Queen of Hawaii and the indigenous people who are fighting for what’s rightfully theirs. Hopefully this will motivate you to find out who you are and fight for your own rights.