|Posted By:||Ray Bridges|
|Subject:||Re: Cherokee Connection to Family|
|Post Date:||March 10, 2002 at 09:56:38|
|Forum:||Ashworth Family Genealogy Forum|
It seems that when you use the word Black you're inclusive, knowing that most Blacks in the United States are part Indian and part White, but you approach the word White to mean "being without any other mixes." My main argument about the Ashworths in Texas has not been about their racial make up which I believe in a tri-racial mix, but in their identity of themselves. They saw themselves as White. They did business with White people. They married White people. They founded White churches. In Louisiana they were accepted as Whites. Only in Texas was there a problem about race. But the attitude of White Texans did not make the Ashworths and their related families think of themselves as any less White. When the Civil War broke out, those same Ashworths that were driven out of Texas for being less than White, joined the Confederate army just as their White neighbors. Does not how a person sees himself count for something? We do not know if our grandmothers were of a pure race. It has never been an issue with us, but we take exception to others saying they know more than do we about who we are.