There were many, many Native American and African American unions out of love and mutual respect and social dependency. Many black Americans today show signs of Native ancestry more than African ancestry. In my family, the choice was made many generations ago to identify as black, a.k.a. mulatto or negro and not white. Historically, the state of Virginia did not recognize Native American as a race in the census until 1919. So our ancestors were forced to choose--white or mulatto/negro. These people married, owned land, and worked farms together as free people. They even had their own schools. I don't think it is a fair to the black race or to our country's history to portray Native and Black American unions to only be born out of slavery.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 13:37