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Thanksgiving Conundrum

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"Justin Petrone, like me, is a mixed race person with Native American ancestry, although unlike me, initially, he never thought of himself in those terms.  I’ve always known and since I was a child, self-identified myself in that way.  Like me, Justin has spent years searching for his elusive ancestors, more often than not, hidden in the mists of time with only suggestions of who their ancestors are by words on tax lists and census records like “free person of color.”


Most of the time, Native people were transparent, until they became at least “civilized” enough to be counted on the census, or taxed or they did something else to bring them into the white man’s realm.  More recently, Justin and others like us have been able to confirm, or deny, that heritage via DNA testing.  So even if we don’t know exactly who our ancestor is, we are positive THAT our Native heritage is real.  In some cases, through DNA testing we can learn which of our ancestral lines is Native."


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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving | Sometimes Racism is Subtle

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving | Sometimes Racism is Subtle | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Franklin sits alone on the long side of the table. 
There are no Latino characters in Charlie Brown cartoons. There are no Asian characters in Charlie Brown cartoons. 
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Community Village Sites's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:50 PM


I suspect Charles Schulz lived in a segregated neighborhood like most Americans. 

Even through Asians now often live in European-American majority neighborhoods, when these cartoons were made, the Asian population was still low from the legacy of the Asian Exclusion actand Chinese Exclusion Act

I don't understand why Charles Schulz excluded Latinos. He lived in California so he knew Latinos existed.