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What is the Difference Between Black Lives and White Lives?

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Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VThere is no difference between blacks and those whose skin color is otherwise. This was never brought home more clearly than through researching for a book I wanted to write about African American genealogy. There is no “race.” There are only people from the same human family whose ancestors stayed near or below the equator or went north to colder climates. The differences between ethnic groups are mostly cultural. Yes, there are some biologic variations, much like an oak tree growing in the Arizona desert is different than one growing along the California coastline.  There is no “us” and “them.” There is only “us,” and “we” are “all” in big trouble if “we” don’t understand that. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees, available here:

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family/dp/153518972X

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I’m Not Black but I Can Pretend…

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I write stories so I can pretend to be anyone I wish. For the past four months, I have on occasion, imagined what it might be like to be black and living during the Civil War. How was I able to do that? By listening to the stories of my father, a white boy growing up during the 1920’s in the deep South. I was just a little girl when I heard his stories but I remember them well. And I remember his emotions when he told me how bad he felt when he and his black friend would board the bus and his friend had to go to the back. Or the way he explained to me that when as a lad, he hitchhiked across the countryside and kind, generous, friendly black people took him in and fed him. As soon as he was old enough, he left the South and moved to California. After forty-five years of living in California, he was still shaking his head about the injustices that skin color brings. One night he came home from a hard day’s work selling furniture in his store. He was blown away by the brilliance of a black man he had met that day. Not because a black man was brilliant but because so many white people still failed to recognize it.

He never forgot the South. It was dear to his heart. He was born in 1920. That was only fifty-five years after the end of the Civil War in 1865. I’ve been to New Orleans twice, and in 2011 my husband Jon and I rode a Harley through Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee. So, I’m not a Southern girl… but I can pretend.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era romance, Blue Violet. Available here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018ZWX0R4
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African-Americans and Rh-negative Blood Type

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The Black Cochin Jewish population has a high percentage of Rh-negative blood but the Rh-negative blood type is uncommon in the Black population in general, which is exactly the same interesting phenomenon as with the Oriental Jews of Israel who have a high percentage of Rh-negative blood, where among the Chinese and Japanese, Rh-negative blood type it is almost non-existent.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

 

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I’m French, I’m German, I’m a Latino … Are You Really???

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I guess, if you say so but I find it difficult these days to say I’m anything except all the above to any ethnicity. It’s got to be one of the more ridiculous titles we give ourselves these days and we all do it to define people, guilty here too but is that who we are? I imagine it helps matchmakers; it’s good to get-together with someone who shares the same cultural interests as you. But what about when we are defining where our ancestors came from? That is not who we are, it isn’t even who they were, especially back in the days when people were migratory, so why do we continue it? In some instances I think it stems from ethnicities that hid who they were so that they could receive equal opportunity at landing a job or buy a house in a good neighborhood. In this new millennium, people truly are becoming more color-blind and open to ethnic diversity. Today it’s cool to be ethnic and different. Stay away from those who don’t think so … they sound boring.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Secret Genealogy III: https://www.createspace.com/4239009

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Those Mysterious Acadians

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I wouldn’t be so curious about the French Acadians had not my father made such a big deal about them. He told me that I should study their history. When I tried to get him to explain to me who they were, he became frustrated and short tempered and said, “Just look it up.” So here I am thirty years later, fascinated with ancestry and history and those mysterious Acadians. Who were the Acadians? Were they Jews? One woman on a Jewish message board came from a Catholic background and she had recently learned that Acadians may have originally been Jewish. She was uncomfortable that she had not known the truth.

The Acadians were a former French colony in Canada, now known as Nova Scotia that “ceded to Great Britain 1713”. Webster’s dictionary says “ceded” but I think more accurately the Acadians were thrown out. Most of them went to Louisiana and are known today as Cajuns. And where did these “Acadian” people get their name? One has to wonder if they are not the “Ad’kad” people.

“Akka’dian” – Of or pertaining to the ancient Semitic inhabitants of southern Mesopotamia before 2000 B.C.E. or to their civilization, or to the east Semitic dialects of Babylon and Assyria.”

“Mesopotamia” – region in ancient country, Asia, between Euphrates & Tigris rivers; in modern usage practically coextensive with Iraq. Where some believe the biblical Garden of Eden existed.

Those mysterious Acadians …

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords:

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eBooks at Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Secret-Genealogy-by-Suellen-Ocean

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