I'm searching primarily for verifiable data to evaluate within verifiable historical scholarship. This is why I am still hoping someone can provide verification of Joseph Willis' mother being an Indian. As many sources dispute this claim as otherwise. His uncle and other kinsmen rejected him as a "mulatto" as indicated by the east coast courts in the eighteenth century. The Baptist historians consider him a "mulatto" as well.
All evidence indicates the term "redbone" was nothing more than a slur used by paler neighbors who considered those individuals referenced to be inferior seemingly based on complexion. Its use as a racist epithet is verifiable and consistent with the prevailing racist attitudes of the time and place where it was commonly used among Blacks and "whites". What is not verifiable is its use as a self identifier. Don Marler grew up in Louisiana hearing his family and other "white" people tell stories about people referenced by the term and appears to be the impetus for the revival of the term during the past several decades.
Lester Knough Cummings
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