194Re: [guyanese_genealogy] Neville
- Jun 2 8:12 AMHello Neville and KizzyannThere are numerous ways of looking at the point.Overall any one that isn't White is Black, then you have the different categories of Black - African, Indian, Mixed Heritage etc etc.There are a lot of people who have always considered themselves as "White" but have Black blood in them and they aren't aware of it until it has passed down the generations to their offspring.The term Mulatto is generally used in the Caribbean to describe someone who is either of mixed parentage (European/African) or of Mulatto parentage.They usually tend to be light skinned and have a mixture of European and African features.The terms Quadroon (a person having one-quarter African ancestry), Octoroon (a person whose ancestry is one-eighth African) and Quinteroon (a person who is one-sixteenth African; counted as White in some Countries) are also in use although less nowadays.These terms originate from the Colonial days especially in Spanish Colonies where your Racial make-up could affect your status in life and your inheritance, the laws were slightly more lax in the British Colonies.A lot of terms which are now deemed derogatory are still in common usage in the Caribbean where they aren't considered offensive or are considered less offensive as in other Regions.Refering to the Spanish terms, there are numerous terms such as Mestizo, Cafuzo, Sambo and various other terms of other Linguistic origins which describe the different mixes of African/European, African/Amerindian, African/East Indian, African/Chinese, Amerindian/European and East Indian/European and so on.I understood what you meant when you used the term Mulatto as meaning someone of mixed African and European heritage who is of a light-skinned complexion.RegardsJon
kizzyann sam <kaas79@...> wrote:
I'm sorry Neville i should not have placed the word race at the end of
Mulatto, but the word Mulatto sometimes completely describes what a person
would look like. My great grandfather as i was told had very pale complexion
and it was difficult for anyone to know he had a drop of black blood in him
unless that information was given to them . So by me saying Mulatto, members
of the group i hope have a better understanding of the person i am looking
for, if they were asking another individual instead of a paper trail.
>From: Neville Quelch <nquelch@...>
>Subject: Re: [guyanese_genealogy] searching
>Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 16:08:31 -0400 (EDT)
>I have been reading all of the correspondence with great interest. I am
>not searching for my family but enjoying the way you all have put energy
>and time in helping each other. I have never before seen Guyanese working
>together in a common cause since independence. Obviously it takes
>politicians to screw-up the works. Please do not let any politicians in.
>I have one comment to make to Kizzyann. Mulatto is not a race. The
>Americans used a one percent rule that stated if a person had 1% Black
>blood then the person is Black. By using that rule, the various shades of
>Black peoples have a common history. If that history is taken away, then
>the people termed mulatto would be without a history or place in the world.
> I certainly don't mind if some Blacks were called cocoa brown, peanut
>brown, etc. At least they would be still be included as Blacks.
>"Jon - Budmart.co.uk" <budmartuk@...> wrote:
>I will have a look and see what i can find out and get back to you in a few
>days with any findings.
>Speak to you soon.
>kizzyasam <kaas79@...> wrote:
>My name is Kizzyann sam I am searching for my mother's (Florence
>Griffith) relatives.My mother was born in Bush Lot, Essequibo. All my
>father's genealogy records are accounted for. All i have to track my
>mother's side is very vage and almost non-exsistant, with names given
>to her from my grandmother (Margaret Griffith) who was afraid my mother
>would not be accepted into the family because of her skin color. My
>grandmother's father came to Guyana,from Barbados and settled in the
>pomeroon around early 1920'sor much earlier. His name was Griffith and
>of the malatto race. My grandmother's mother family came from India
>with the name...Cadeir... which the changed later to ....cadells... my
>spelling of these names may be a bit off. I would really like to
>reconect with this half of my family. If anyone has information i would
>really appreciate it.
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