Return of the Auroch?

Move over bison burgers, the ancestor of cows is coming back. Scientists edge closer to bringing back the aurochs, the fearsome cattle breed last seen in theĀ 1600s The creature, the ancestor of modern cattle, once roamed forests and marshlands from Britain to the Balkans and beyond to Asia and North Africa. But it disappeared from… Continue reading Return of the Auroch?

Labels

This started out as a comment to Adrian, but I it got so long it may as well be a post on its own…. The significance of racial labels is not in identifying the genetic makeup of individuals. The significance is in how the labels were used to enforce segregation long before the American Revolution.… Continue reading Labels

Melungeon

Mom dropped me a note last night. She ran across the word melungeon while doing some genealogy research. It describes someone who is of European, African, and Native American descent. It was popular in the Appalachian Mountains and similar in use to Mulatto in being a negative term. I haven’t talked about this much on… Continue reading Melungeon

Pick One

The difference a decade makes! I actually knew a couple other kids in school who were mixed growing up. Jimmy was part Spanish and part Black. I’m not sure what Eddie was. Some people still wanted me to pick one. J2, my aunt, was very Afro-Centric. She decided that my white mother could not raise… Continue reading Pick One