In the documentary (The Loving Story, 2011) I’ve watched about the couple it was said she grew up on the Indian reservation, if I remember correctly. There is obviously a bit of denial here, for whatever reason. NBC News spoke with Mildred's grandson. The other side is many Whites who say they have Native blood really just having Black blood and no Native. Her numbers are on the left, Middle Eastern & North African 0.4% 0.2% It’s like the Dominicans claiming Tiano Indian — they were all killed. Genetics can be very tricky and just because you have African ancestry and/or Native American ancestry does not mean that you will always look a certain way.… Read more ». However, I wouldn’t “force” her to be Black in this day and age. The bible doesn’t say anything like that… It must look odd to people when they see the grandmother and granddaughter out… Read more », Ok, but don’t force people to see something that is not evident whatsoever. The native Indians on that land were all killed. This is what I’ve been explaining to non-Africans (AA) about being bi or mulit-racial in Africa. Because he said so? These revelations raise several questions. I agree, but its a topic that comes up so often. I think its classless to do so. These people will deny or minimalize their black heritage and consider themselves white, except of course when… Read more ». They also clearly see themselves as Ghanaians and are quite proud as well. I do believe that Blacks / African ‑Americans should really begin to encourage bi-racial or multi-racial people to identify as such and refraining from policing them in any way. Furthermore, Time reported that in a 2008 interview with Arica L. Colman, Loving blatantly stated that she was not black. Mrs. Loving was part Rappahannock, but she had Black blood too. Melinated people produce all… Read more », She obviously didn’t want to identify with her blackness because of where she grew up and the time period. But… Read more ». Yet many people have been mistaken for Asian, Native American, Hispanic who are light-skinned Blacks. She looks Native American with some black blood as well. It was almost an obsession with blacks of the time to try to minimize their black heritage by claiming NA blood. When his great grandmother remarried, she self-identified as Black not Indian. She was pregnant at 14 or 15. Your Native ancestry if you have any has no bearing in the USA, only south OF it. At the time of her youth EVERYONE was claiming Indian heritage. She was not practicing self hatred. Richard was of Irish and English descent, and Mildred of African American and Native American descent, and according to state law, it was crime for them to … They are not forced to pick one side because they are both and we recognize them as 50/50 but they wholly embrace their African ethnicity (whatever it is). So I don’t think they are ignoring Mildred’s multiracial background. Mrs. Loving even gave contradictory info. Whether or not Ms. Jeter identified as Black does not minimize the meaning of her stand. “I am not black,” she told me during a 2004 interview. obviously because it was so ingrained for such a long time, it still has effects today and so people still think in terms of that. According to her son, Mildred was Native American. There are many people that call him black but also many that see him as a half,white person ‑the fact remains-he isn’t black but biracial,no matter what way he see’s himself. Psychologically she and her family are damaged. Producing the people we call Amerindians, etc. The subtext running through all these protestations from biracials is that they should no longer have to deal with the “burden” of being perceived as black. I not saying that, I am saying why is it sooo bad being African. That is my father’s last name but with a G. I’m sure that’s a french name. I’m sure the situation varied from place to place. (South African comedian Trevor Noah jokes that most people thought he was albino, not mixed, and notes that he couldn’t walk down the street with both or either of his parents… Read more », When I read the Nigerian part I thought that it sounds so similar to Ghana. In fact, Down South, if a baby was born of Indian Blood, often the midwife would have to write,“Negro” or lose her license. Fun fact though, the bible does speak out against interracial/intercultural relationships (“do not marry that of a foreign land”) but this was in the 1st testimont and was dome so briefly. The media is pushing this so that whites will retain power. Also most of the Black had White blood. I read that, at the time, “miscegenation” (terrible word) between blacks and whites was much less taboo than that between Native Americans (“Indians”) and whites, meaning their best chance of success would be to portray her as Native America, hence the booking documents and marriage license. It is no secret that black people then and now will quickly state everything else that they are and add black in at the end (if it’s mentioned at all). I have an uncle who is dark while the rest of his siblings are near white in skin tone and people… Read more ». Race has always been a lie and after 400 yrs it’s time people stop buying into it. That woman has no Indian hair. I’ve NEVER seen an Indian with a press n curl! This use to happen to my brother who is light skin. In light of the 1964 civil rights laws, the Lovings secured an attorney and in April 1967 took their case to the Supreme Court, which unanimously ruled in their favour. Just demonstrates that race as a social construct is stupid due to the ambiguity and, reiterates that race is distinct from ethnicity. So she’s 83% African & 2% East Asian so.… no Native Blood. We “light skinned babies” didn’t apply for the position anymore than you applied for yours. We don’t have the necessary facts and we are making assumptions based on hearsay, conflicting information, and our own bias. Though I believe truth comes to light no matter how hard efforts are made to hide it. All my life I was told that my paternal grandfather was part Creek out of Alabama. Even I’m used to explaining my genetic make-up. once you realize “black” along with “race” is a social construct invented by supremacist with the intent to divide ppl through a colorist view you will begin to understand the confusion. However, Mark Loving, who was raised by his grandmother, claims that there is no evidence of her having black ancestry, but rather that she had Native American roots. Perhaps she was ashamed of her blackness, or in denial of its existence we will never know; but her grandson “looks” black, her kids look mixed black and she herself looks black so ??????????. We are Africans. Heavy on the Afro part. You may ask them what region they are from or even about their religion but not usually about their racial makeup. Wow so she was being raped by him? Mildred was in de’ Nile. If she said she wasn’t African, okay, but she is black. This couple changed so many lives for the better. Jim Crow denied people in so many ways. Although I understand the climate of that time period, no thanks! So being NA there meant you had no opportunity to get a high… Read more ». That makes more sense. As far as I’m concerned, the death of race will be a blessing. And I didn’t say mix, I said pass — that’s a big difference. So stop hating. Mildred was obviously mixed race. From what Remember it is said that she grew up on an Indian reservation. So where did the surname ‘Jeter’ come from? Why perpetuate that system of hate which worked so hard to make non-white people feel inferior? Her nose job also purposely made her look less black. What do you mean clearly? I saw their story some years ago, and I believe she and he grew up within a mile of each other and the families were friends. On the other hand you also displayed similar ignorance as she may well have had a white grandmother. today. It was illegal for blacks to marry whites at the time, so she may have likely put Indian on her certificate so that there would be no issues once they returned to Virginia (They married in D.C.). This was the era of Jim Crow that’s how it was. When we were researching our family genealogy, we knew the names of most of ournative ancestors, but we wanted pictures, if any could be found. What’s the problem in her saying she is from… Read more », She fought for what she believed in and won…it was a win for all of us, that’s the focus and that’s exactly why I can’t wait to see the movie.
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