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Re: wanna-know

November 2 2011 at 1:50 PM
Allen L. Lee  (Login xixv)
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Our cultural heritage and ethnic development is to be respected and admired. I don't think it is so much about hatred as it is about the insult to the people who actually exist and perservere as the sovereigns that a non-member claims to be a part or whole member of. One can talk about a cultural and ethnic heritage with-out claiming an affiliation with a sovereign when that affiliation does not exist. No one on this earth can claim to be a U.S. citizen, and then take any action, no matter how noble, on behalf of the U.S., without the consent of the U.S. I don't know of any sovereign in the world that would approve of such a thing, Why should the Cherokee people as a Nation of people be any different? The insult is representing someone or a group of people without their consent. The Gullah of the U.S. sea islands are about as politically sovereign as a non indigenous people can get in the U.S., they do not claim to be 1/8 Fulani or 1/200 Angolan. they claim to retain cultural heritage from multiple African tribal ethnicities, but until or unless the Fulani or the Angolans recognize them as such, they are Gullah. It would be an equal insult if I as an U.S. citizen proclaimed to the world that the Gullah are actually Angolans, if the Angolans have stated that they were not. A Federal card speaks to Federal recognition only, it does not speak to the recognition by the indigenous sovereign.

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