The Multirracialist Melungeons
May 9, 2003 11:18 PM Subscribe
The Original Benetton Colors: The Mysterious, Multirracialist Melungeons. "The Melungeon Movement is intent on not defining, or even further refining, racial boundaries, but instead on blurring them. We believe in one human race and that by being permitted to embrace our full multi-cultural heritage, we can more quickly make this dream a reality".
Originally identifying themselves as Portuguese
, Turkish and Native American
slaves escaping from their Spanish and English captors, the Melungeons were the first to become literally lost in America
. Always violently persecuted, Melungeons
were probably the first enthusiastically anti-racist citizens of the United States and the origin of the melting-pot doctrine
which flowered much later. Now there is a Melungeon Movement which takes those pioneers' "example of a multi-ethnic population which put aside its racial and cultural differences, came together and survived as one people (literally, the source of the slogan, One People, All Colors)"
. All fascinating stuff I know absolutely nothing about. Any suggestions, pointers or ideas?
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