Black but my grandmother is not

Bradley McIntyre
Woodbridge, VA

I was always the darkest kid in my mostly black school. I always saw myself only as black. Three years ago I learned that my grandmother is not black. My maternal great grandfather is an Irish merchant sailor and my maternal great grandmother is Arawak Indian (native of Jamaica). It is hard to learn about your history when black history is taboo. Most African Americans can not recall a family history more than four generations. It is sad because we are our history.


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