Yemaya, great post!!!!!!
I know I shouldn't have but I read both parts and I can't wait for part 3!!!! (in case I forget, please post the link for part 3)
That was an interesting story and I can't help but to wonder how many other "Monzingo's" would there be if more ancestors had kept their names. Then again its possible that they knew of their ancestry and changed their name way back when.

As usual, when confronted the elders resorted to some myths and legends as to where the name originated. If someone ever developed a sure fire, 100% accurate method to trace genealogy, that will be a sad day for a whole lot of people.
This was a good read, but i note the reluctance on the writer's part to disrupt his relatives notions of lily-whiteness and even the family record keeper insisted on privacy re family affairs.


That aspect is very similar to the euro-descendants in a book i read by Edward Ball call Slaves IN The FAmily.  The book had a lot of historical data about slavery in charleston SC in the 1600's when rice, not cotton was the big money maker.  HIs relatives too, became irritated by suggestions of black relatives and some were openly hostile to the book he was writing as they perceived it to be "family business"


I recall too, the family in the PBS Documentary Traces of the Trade about the euro-descent family who was the biggest slave trader in Rhode Island - how some of their relatives were reluctant to have their family's involvement with the slave trade made publicly known - and how they each insisted they had no wealth now



So all i can say is it looks like a great deal of the ethnic-majority in america really ain't ready to know their real roots.  They'd fall over dead from a heart attack because for 100 years they've been saying they're related to George Washington on mother's side and Queen Elizabeth on dad's side with a splash of Irish or Native American along the way.


BTW, there are a set of euro Mazingos (with an A) in MS where i grew up. 
Quick note: OCatchings if you go to the bottom of the last page of part 1, there is a link to part 2. And likewise to part 3. NSpirit, he does also mention the other variants of the name including Mazingo. Ha! You should send them this link! I agree, that's what bothers me the most the reluctance on the writer's part and on the family's part to accept their African ancestry and the constant use of the word 'nigger' by some of his midwest relatives... which I'm betting were at the Anti-Obama rallies. . . (oh the irony of that!). So now he's going to have to reassess his 'whiteness'. LOL
Thanks

I read part 2 but part 3 wasn't working, out yet or my computer savviness is showing again.
I recently got into an arguement down here about the good ole boy hero Jefferson Davis. It is a known fact that he fathered many children but none of the relatives can be found, (it is part of their heritage after all) and the die hards will not admit that he fathered the children, even though there are photos, and it is in writing (even in a supposed will).
An 'Oprah' program of about seven or eight years ago, featured a woman who had written a book on this subject.

She contended that the African American-American population of that time would be doubled if all persons living their lives as, and contending they are, 'white' were to be revealed for the true lineage.

Ironically, I don't see this as a validation of The African American Ethnicity, but rather as validation of the behavior and treachery of 'color construction' of our society.

European America includes the sub-culture of both African America, and European America.

It is good to reveal these kinds of personal revelations.

PEACE

Jim Chester
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ocatchings A1 · 2757 Forum Posts Today at 4:21 AM (Last Edited: Thanks I read part 2 but part 3 wasn't working, out yet or my computer savviness is showing again. I recently got into an arguement down here about the good ole boy hero Jefferson Davis. It is a known fact that he fathered many children but none of the relatives can be found, (it is part of their heritage after all) and the die hards will not admit that he fathered the children, even though there are photos, and it is in writing (even in a supposed will).
O'Catchings, I'll be in Mississippi this summer and one of the counties I'm researching , Wilkinson County is the county where Jefferson Davis was raised. I'm going to be sure to ask about this since the lady from the Historical society was so bragging that Jeff Davis went to West Point. I wonder how she'll react to this! lol

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