My birth mother’s family is of Louisiana Creole heritage. This is a map of the places in Louisiana where creole is still the spoken language. This language is significant to the heritage and culture of my ancestors. I wish I spoke the language. I am slowly learning more about the people and the attitude and atmosphere of society during those times. I am fortunate to not have grown up during those times. I would not have survived the prejudiced glances and racist comments.
Some of my Louisiana Creole relatives chose to pass. Rather than embrace their blackness, they chose to run and hide. Others chose to accept their skin color and heritage, but refused to accept men of a darker skin complexion than them.