Family Trees Go Beyond Obvious Physical Traits - And Response

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ireland just had to return two "blonde" haired/fair skinned children taken away from their biological parents. 

I've gotten stares, my golden haired/fair skinned grandson has been questioned in my presence (the individual totally ignoring me as if I wasn't present) and we've even been followed several blocks all the way back to my car. 

Just for the record, two brown or even dark skinned parents can be the biological parents of fair skinned, even blonde/red-haired/ sandy haired, children. 

My daughter and oldest, born in the 70s, was very fair skinned. Mama said her coloring looked like the side of a peach the sun hadn't yet kissed. How could two brown skinned parents give birth to such a light/fair skinned child? The hospital even isolated me from her on some lame excuse they were running some kind of test. It took threats of a lawsuit just to allow me in to see her while I was recovering from her birth. I was released from the hospital without her using the same excuse. I didn't get to bond with my daughter the way a mother normally would because of their suspicion of a possibly baby switch or mixup. I had to leave the hospital without my daughter. Even when she was finally released to me, I was questioned and the hospital was hesitant to hand her over to me to me and her father. DNA testing wasn't at the stage it is today. Where testing and result can be immediate.

Family trees go beyond what's physically obvious to the naked eye. Although her father was a darker brown complexion, his father was biracial. His mother was white/father black. Although my skin coloring was just a tad lighter brown than his, my paternal grandfather was very fair skinned with red hair. My maternal side of the family Native American (of the lighter skin shade/green eyes) and a hint of possibly German. Along with African and other. 

So Roy is wrong again in believing a blonde haired child couldn't possibly be the biological child of two brown skinned or even dark skinned parents. My family members (even siblings) consist of freckled faced, carrot top (red haired), golden haired, various eye coloring children, grandchildren, aunts and uncles all up and down our family tree. 

Maybe Roy has been up on that mountaintop far too long and needs to come down and mingle a little bit more with reality. Heck, Roy, you may even find a few darker shades among your own family tree.  

I doubt very seriously if there would be such worldwide attention, concern, suspicion, and even racism if a brown or dark skinned was found living in a community of poor whites. 

Brenda Manghane-Washington 

* * * 

When I read Ms Washington's opinion piece, I read Roy Exum opinion piece and then re-read it about the girl that authorities found in a gypsy camp. When I was in school there was a test called reading comprehension. I must have failed the course because I couldn't find anything like this in Roy's article. Quote: "So Roy is wrong again in believing a blond haired child couldn't possibly be the biological child of two brown skinned or even dark skinned parents." 

The opinion piece brought back memories from the Nixon presidency. My wife and I like many T.V. viewers would listen to the president's speech and then listen to ABC, CBS and NBC commentators tell us what the president said. We would look at each other and wonder what speech they listened to. It was for sure they were not listening to the speech we heard. These opinion pieces were different as apples and oranges. 

Roy's piece was about child trafficking and as usual Ms. Washington's was about race. I promise I will go back and read them again to make sure of what I read. 

N.D. Kennedy Sr.
Ooltewah


Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Tommy Crangle Is A True American

Tommy Crangle was trained to think like an engineer. Unlike his opponent who on occasion has classified herself as an Independent, Mr. Crangle has been a conservative state and federal constitution loving Republican to the bone all his life. He supports all the amendments. Tommy Crangle will take non-emotional problem solving to Nashville for the good of all the people of the 27 ... (click for more)

23-Year-Old Stabbed To Death Early Sunday Morning

A man was stabbed to death in Chattanooga early Sunday morning. At approximately 2:48 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2525 6 th  Avenue Court for a person stabbed.  Officers located a 23-year-old suffering from a stab wound to his chest.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injury.  The victim’s information ... (click for more)

Man, 21, Arrested In Hidden Camera Case

An arrest has been made in a case in which a hidden camera was apparently placed in several local restrooms. Chattanooga Police last Sunday, received from a citizen a hidden camera that apparently had been placed by an unknown suspect in the men’s restroom at the Chattanooga Billiards Club downtown.  The footage from the camera was reviewed by Investigators with the ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Crushes Sacramento Gold 4-1; Advances To National Championship Game

Not only did they win, they won big.  The Chattanooga Football Club becomes the first team in NPSL history to play in three national championships.  CFC scored four unanswered goals Saturday to beat visiting Sacramento Gold 4-1.   Sacramento scored on a long shot by Jason Jones in the 13th minute to take a 1-0 lead.   Chattanooga would answer with two goals ... (click for more)

Stars Sink Lookouts Sunday, 8-4

Huntsville, AL --- The Huntsville Stars erased a 4-1 deficit late in the game Sunday and scored a combined seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to comeback and defeat the Chattanooga Lookouts 8-4 at Joe Davis Stadium.  With the win, the Stars ended their season long five game losing streak. Recap Chattanooga starter Nick Struck who dominated the Stars over ... (click for more)