Family Friday, Fountain of Youth, Genaolgy

Civilization, What does it mean to you?

I once read that “civilizing” people was an evil deed, and when I think about the history of peoples all over the world being persecuted to become “civilized” I understand the concept. No matter what people may think of Christopher Columbus, the atrocities that people have inflicted on others has happened since the beginning of time. I see posts where people are hating on another group of people over the history of how a country was formed. It baffles me that people believe that any people from one region were gentle to another group of people. Every invader has beaten, tortured, raped, and killed anyone that got in the way of said invaders. I am not defending the atrocities that people have inflicted on one another, its about time we realize that it was a reality for our ancestors.

Our family is Native American, Spanish, French, English, Russian ,Italian, Irish, and Jewish. I am almost certain there is some African from our ancestor that was more than likely taken from her home in Barbados. More likely than not she was kidnapped, tortured, raped, and kept with her husband that purchased her. It is really sad, but it is a fact. I know with certainty that another female ancestor was kidnapped, and taken from Ireland on a ship by a pirate. Even though modern filmmakers want to romanticize pirates, it was anything but…what was done to women or anyone that was unlike the captors was horrible! I know many family stories that are sad and deplorable.

One of my great, great aunts was Native American, Black, and White. She lived in a very rural area, where everyone treated each other like family. She left a detailed journal of her life. She always felt as though she belonged to the community until one day she went to a different town for some sugar for her sick friend. A lady called her the “N” word. She then proceeded to tell the lady that she was never a slave. She was a free woman, and so was her mother. Learning the personal stories of individual ancestors gives me so much pleasure.

So many of us have ancestors that have lived a life of subjugation, oppression, and poverty. It is up to us to tell the stories we know, and share what we know about their lives. What we need to do is change what is happening today. Stop our fellow human beings from torturing, raping, and killing each other now. There is nothing that we can do to change what has already happened. We can learn and grow from what we know what has happened to our ancestors.

We are finally getting to a point in our world where people see each other as just other human beings. Not being so judgmental about how other people live their lives. Someone being of another faith, color, sex, lifestyle, sexual orientation, has nothing to do with who you are as a person. How you treat others has everything to do with who you are.

Christopher Columbus is thought to be a Spanish man that lived in Italy. He and his group did rape, torture, and kill the native people. The Spanish invasion killed 90% of the native people of Mexico. English, French, and Russian peoples invaded, raped, killed the indigenous peoples as well. African people were brought over to the Americas against their will as slaves. Women from across Europe were captured and brought to America against their will, and were sold to become wives of men that were established in America. Our beginning was dark, ninety nine percent of the beginning of any country has been ugly.

It is up to us to change what is happening now. It is up to us to make sure that our fellow human beings live as free.

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