“Is genealogy racist?” I typed into the search engine.
I had just received results from an ancestry DNA test. No surprises there — 99.9% northwestern European genetic heritage. I immediately wondered how many neo-Nazis use DNA tests to reinforce racism and claim racial purity.
As I typed my question in to the search engine that day, I was excited to find Coming to the Table. But it didn’t seem to apply to me. I come from a lower middle-class background: my ancestors were preachers, teachers, and laborers. None of my ancestors were slaveholders!
I later learned that I was wrong. Months later, once I knew where and how to look, I did discover slaveholding ancestors — among my working-class northern ancestors! But I didn’t make that discovery that day.
Tagged with: Ancestors
, archival records
, family history
, Philosophical Culture
, white privilege
Posted in Healing, Repair & Action
, Legacies of Slavery, Racism & Injustice
, Research & Oral History Methods
When I joined Coming To The Table over two years ago, I began a journey—a journey into the lives and times of my slave-holding ancestors and, most important for me, into the lives of the people they had enslaved. Taken…
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, Bushnell family
, Contemporary (1970- present)
, Drock family
, Intimacy & Family Life
, New England
, Slave dwellings
, Slaveholding (1780 -1865)
, United States
Posted in Contact, Connection, Relationship
, Discovery & Impact
, Regional History & Culture
, Setting & Place