[Marxism] Who are the Melungeons?
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Thu Aug 25 18:47:28 MDT 2016
The Melungeons, who are generally understood to be part American Indian,
might have been descendants of a group of people who shared blood ties
to the freed Turkish slaves, Roanoke colonists and native peoples.
The story of the Melungeons is at once a footnote to the history of race
in America and a timely parable of it. They bear witness to the horrors
and legacy of segregation, but also to the overlooked complexity of the
early colonial era. They suggest a once-and-future alternative to the
country’s brutally rigid model of race relations, one that, for all the
improvements, persists in the often siloed lives of black and white
Americans today. Half-real and half-mythical, for generations the
Melungeons were avatars for their neighbours’ neuroses; latterly they
have morphed into receptacles for their ideals, becoming, in effect,
ambassadors for integration where once they were targets of prejudice.
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