Yes, you are all my family!

089-copyHillora Lang,
Burgaw, NC.

As a person with Asperger Syndrome I have always felt estranged from the human race. In high school I began working on my family tree, and it really helped to ground me and allow me to feel a connection to past generations. When doing genealogy research last year I discovered a great website called Geni.com, which is building a world family tree. I began searching for random historical figures to see if I was related. As time went on, I began entering the names of people I heard news stories about each day on NPR; beyond the Scottish, Irish, Welsh, English, French, Italian, Nordic, and Spanish relations which I’ve discovered, I found connections not only to Caucasian ancestors, but also to African-Americans such as poet Langston Hughes, President Obama and Michele Obama, and am hoping to find many more ancestors of all races. I have always been proud of my family’s diversity; my adopted cousin is of mixed race and her husband was African-American, I have other family members who are Native American, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Taiwanese, and look forward to enlarging my family tree with each succeeding generation. It seems that I am related to just about everyone so I gladly claim, “Yes, you are all my family!”

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  • White Light

    I have some of the characteristics people identify with Asperger’s Syndrome, though not the condition itself. In high school, I felt estranged from the White race for various reasons, and I hung out with a lot of Hispanics. I gave little thought to race, though I did keep my distance from the Blacks. But as I got older I grew increasingly disgusted with the behaviors I saw among those Hispanics. Certainly I didn’t want to raise my children around it. It’s easy to claim that we are one_big_family when you can keep your distance, look at pictures. It’s much harder when race differences in behavior are right in your living room.

    • Hillora Lang

      I think that the differences you saw were not racial, but rather social or cultural. How you’re raised and socialized contribute a lot to who you are and how you behave. The color of your skin – not so much!

 

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