Sunday, December 04, 2005


By Beebee: I am sitting here in absolute shock because I have just discovered that I am a descendent of the Lumbee Indian Tribe of Virginia. I looked on the Lumbee page below and found two Lumbee's awarded with honors, one of them is a singer. The singer's surname is Sampson as is another guy that received the Jim Thorpe Award by the name of Kelvin Sampson. My maternal great grandmother's name was Mittie Lou Sampson, and her father was named Raymond Sampson. My great grandmothers great grandfather was John Wesley Sampson I, born at about 1810 in Virginia. My father used to say that my Grandma Mittie had Indian blood, but my Aunts always discounted it. My mother had told my father that, but she died when I was nine. I cannot believe that my aunts would not want that talked about. I can remember my spry great- grandmother smoking a corn cob pipe. One Christmas we took a record player with our new favorite 45, Chubby Checker's song "Lets Do the Twist, " and she was probably about 75, and she jumped up and did the twist with us! My great-grandma Dee on my Dad's side of the family was bewildered when my great-grandma Mittie visited her house in downtown Madison, Indiana and instead of walking to the gate of the wrought iron fence, she pulled up her dress and jumped over the fence to save time from walking around. Lord no wonder I have such a spirit with Scottish, German, Irish and Indian blood! Ha! I must tell my sisters this. I am so happy to have traced my heritage. This is why I fight so hard for my homeland of the United States. This explains why my family's surnames of Vest and Sampson can be found in the abolitionists records for families that helped with the Underground Railroad. When I went to Lake Tobosofkee with my son on fieldtrips, I looked at the old cloth maps of the Native Americans. I saw Saluda on their maps, and my mother went to Saluda School in Chelsea, Indiana. When I tried to talk to the native American Indian about the fact that my family lived in the Saluda Township, he looked at me with disdain. I wonder if we would have been more interested had I known that I was a descendant of the Lumbee Tribe and told him so? Looking back, I remember how my elementary education focused so much on Indian culture because we studied the Lost Colony and talked about Virginia Dare extensively.
Why VDARE.COM / The White Doe?
The Role of VDARE.COM After 9/ll: It's The Immigration, Stupid...
A Reader Asks, Standing Athwart History?
By Peter Brimelow
[Peter Brimelow is the President of the Center for American Unity.]
Why VDARE? Well, we thought about MSDARE, but we didn’t want an antitrust suit.
I have always been fascinated by the story of Virginia Dare. She was the first English child to be born in the New World, in August 1587, shortly after the founding of what was to become known as "The Lost Colony" on Roanoke Island off the North Carolina coast. It says something about the mettle of those settlers that any pregnant woman would cross the Atlantic, the equivalent of a lunar expedition at that time—and Virginia’s mother Elenor was no less than the daughter of John White, the colony’s governor.
Perhaps you have to have a daughter yourself to appreciate what White must have felt three years later, when he finally returned from a supply trip to England, much delayed by the Spanish Armada. The smoke he took at first to be proof of occupation turned out to be brushfires. The settlement stood abandoned. Over a hundred settlers, his daughter and granddaughter among them, had vanished. He would never see them again. (For more information about the Lost Colony, click here...)
Today, Virginia Dare seems to be vanishing from American education too. But she was a fixture for earlier generations. Even Franklin D. Roosevelt felt free to give a speech commemorating the 350th anniversary of her birth. At one point, I planned to pay homage by bestowing her name on the heroine of a projected fictional concluding chapter in Alien Nation, about the flight of the last white family in Los Angeles. It seemed . . . symmetrical.
I was dissuaded.
But multiculturalists will be happy to know that there is always the possibility that the colonists survived, merging with the local Indians. There are fables that Virginia Dare as a young woman got involved in a love triangle with a warrior and an angry medicine man, who transformed her into a white doe. And there have been serious suggestions that The Lost Colony is the answer to the historical problem of the Lumbee Indians of Robeson County, North Carolina, an English-speaking group of unclear origin.
(Anthropologists call such groups "tri-racial isolates." Significant of the times, and perhaps of federal subsidies, the Lumbees seem recently to have been emphasizing their claim to pure Indian status. For example, click here... For more on the white doe legend, click here...)
So Virginia Dare could be symbolic of the coming racial nirvana that immigration enthusiasts are forced to start fantasizing about when you compel them to look at the statistical consequences of current policy.
Or perhaps not. The actress Heather Locklear (Melrose Place, etc.) is claimed as a prominent Lumbee. But if, through some miracle of genetic recombination, Virginia Dare is reborn in Ms. Locklear’s beautiful face, John White might well have recognized her.
VDARE has come into existence because many great and developing issues of the day are no longer covered in the Establishment Media—whether liberal or "conservative."
However, you can sometimes see them naively reported in the local press. Thus Long Island’s Southampton Press (Donna Giacontieri, Is Town Seal Offensive? September 24, 1999) has carried a story about a local version of the Virginia Dare phenomenon: the local "Anti-Bias Task Force" called on the town to abolish its seal, which depicts a Pilgrim and the words "First English settlement in the State of New York."
The grounds: it "features an offensive representation of one gender, one race and one historical period . . ."
"One historical period . . ."?
Yeah. It’s called America.
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