Samantha Swindler has a great article that some of us maybe able to identify with. It’s called “So thereâ€™s a racist in your family“, and it’s published in the Daily Progress, Jacksonville, Texas. She has a very important lesson that many should take to heart – in the course of your genealogy research, you may come across some information and relatives that are a bit unsettling for one reason or another, but always remember that you are not your ancestors.
Excerpt from the article:
It was a little bit embarrassing to realize Adrian Fuqua was in a White League, even though I obviously never met the man. But Iâ€™ve always believed that oneâ€™s ancestry, background, or â€œwho your daddy isâ€ doesnâ€™t necessarily determine your character. If you are relying on the glories or the oppression of your ancestors or family to define you â€” you sadly arenâ€™t your own person.
I would like to believe that the unjust Reconstruction government had more to do with my great great great grandfatherâ€™s involvement in this battle than simple racism, but Iâ€™ll never know for sure. The important thing is it doesnâ€™t make me a good or bad person either way.
It’s a good article dealing with something that many may not want to talk about, or something that’s not to be brought up among some in the family – I’ve got ancestors that were not exactly noble, and because of that, information about them was not passed down, and there was a huge gap in history in one branch of the family. Suprisingly it’s still a sensitive issue, and one that I may write about in the future.