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May 12, 2006

Our ancestors

When I read Gertrude Brandy’s letter (5/8), I paused and read it again. Yes, she did indeed write, “We — or our ancestors — have all been immigrants, except our native American Indians.”

I am black. My ancestors came over here to this country as slaves, chained in the holds of ships. Many died. I felt compelled to enlighten Ms. Brandy.

We black people are still in the process of trying to obtain full citizenship in America.

Mary Louise Hinton
Kansas City

Comments

GCYL

"I am black. My ancestors came over here to this country as slaves, chained in the holds of ships. Many died. I felt compelled to enlighten Ms. Brandy."

Where is Ray when you need him.

Immigrant: intransitive senses : to enter and usually become established; especially : to come into a country of which one is not a native for permanent residence

Slavery is a stinky way to migrate but I don't see the word choice used above. But Mary Louise Hinton's family tree did make the choice to stay here and not go back "home".

GCYL

"We black people are still in the process of trying to obtain full citizenship in America."

You're allowed to vote Mary Louise Hinton. Welcome to the world of full citizenship in America.

 
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