I am multi-racial. The pictures above honor some of my heritage.
While I was blond, blue-eyed w/freckles when I was a child I am in fact of the following heritage:
I am Cherokee, Irish, German (3rd or 4th generation in the US), & English on my Mother's side -Choctaw & Irish on my Dad's. My African-American ancestors come from my Dad's Choctaw side. When my brother was first on the APD, he went on a call one night, & he advised the person to whose house he responded to come to the station the next day to file a complaint. When the person arrived, he was asked which officer had come on the call. He had failed to remember the name but responded "the black officer". There were no African-American officers on the force. My brother looked like a full-blood Indian but he did have strong African-American features also so I guess that dark night that is what the person saw.
All my life I have lived with people looking at me & making an assumption that I am white. I have had some very troubling comments made to me &/or in my presence because the person thought it was ok to make a prejudicial statement or use a derogotory epitath in my presence based on that assumption. I am quick to voice my disgust & have on several occasions asked "What nationality/race do you think I am?" Then I proceed to tell my heritage. It is always interesting to see the look on someone's face when I let them know that I am a "....... Indian" , "lazy Irish", ".....German", "Redneck Southerner", or that I have black ancesters.
I consider myself to be a citizen of the World, a member of the Human Race, an Indian (with no Indian name). I have the attitude of a Black Woman, the gift of Second Sight that comes from both my Irish & Native blood, & the gift of compassion that comes from identifying with all of my ancestors. I was not raised to be prejudiced. That was the one good thing my parents did in raising me. But, I also was not raised to be embrace my heritage. I came to that on my own. I have embraced all that has gone into making me the person I am today. I know who I am. I know why I am who I am.
I am proud to be all of the above. As my license plate proclaims "G.R.I.T.S." an acronim for Girl Raised in the South I am proud of the positive things it means to be Southern - grace, hospitality, a sense of community. I have African-American art in my home, I smudge my house & myself with sage in the Native tradition. I honor the beliefs of all my ancestors. I honor Mother Earth, my Totem (who is important in both my Tribes), my gifts of Second Sight, visions, my intuition which comes from both my Irish & Native ancestors. I think my story-telling ablilites come from both my Irish & Native heritage. The Irish are wonderful storytellers & Native Americans have always used verbal history before there was a written history.
I am blessed to have had all the ancestors who came before me. They live within my Spirit & influence my Journey each day.
I bet you know which Wolf I fed.