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Negro Exile in OWN Land

We’ve all heard and read Dr. King’s, “I Have A Dream” speech, or portions of it, at various points in our lives.  You’d have to be living in a bubble not to hear it on the King holiday every year.  It was recently brought to my attention that there is a little known segment of his speech that we all need to pay very close attention to:

“One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Is it possible Dr. King was trying to tell us who we are?  Could he have been sending us a message, letting us know we are in our own land?  Before I started my ancestry research, I probably would have thought that wasn’t what he meant.  But now, I think it is possible; based on all the factual evidence I’ve stumbled across pointing to African-Americans being the copper-colored races of people the Europeans found here.

A lot of people may not buy into the connection I’m attempting to make here and that’s understandable.  But consider that a lot was riding on this speech, and Dr. King would have selected his message and words carefully.  Also consider that Dr. King was an educated man, and, from what I recall, he never referred to us as Africans or being from Africa.

Know Better:
I Have A Dream – ushistory.org

Do Better:
Like this clue left for us from Dr. King, our ancestors left us clues as well.  It’s our responsibility to go find them.

Native + African = Black

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.

Know Better:
Blacklisted Native Americans – blackindiansunited5tribesembassy.org

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.