Melungeon-L ArchivesArchiver > Melungeon > 2005-02 > 1109176217
Subject: Re: Melungeon Issues
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 11:30:17 EST
In a message dated 2/23/2005 4:01:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Good article Wayne, but could have been better, I think. I found one
incorrect sentence which needs to be corrected below:
Although these characteristics and are significant in each individual's
family and genetic history, they do not necessarily represent Melungeon ancestry
Notice the AND ARE significant. The 'and' needs to be removed. May be other
editorial corrections needed but this one stood out to me.
I have known very few people who actually 'thought' that any of these things
'made' them a Melungeon. Some were 'hoping' that they would! :-) And as for
the diseases, Brent has said on several occasions that if this is an
Appalachian 'thing' rather than a Melungeon 'thing' the implications are FAR GREATER.
There are NO MELUNGEON DISEASES. Some Melungeon descendants seem to have
some inherited and other health issues which comes from their 'MIXED' ancestry,
but not all Melungeon families are involved. And those who do not have these
illnesses in their families should be VERY GRATEFUL!
Some folks who are not Melungeon have these same diseases/issues. Blanket
statements are never a good idea when talking about the human condition.
No one has ever been allowed on my mailing list AND called Melungeon,
simply because they had an inherited illness. That would be plain silly! <grin>
And anyone who thought that this was happening was not reading the posts
clearly or had another agenda in mind! :-)
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