[Ads-l] Of age

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 10 02:45:16 EST 2017

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:10 AM, Yagoda, Ben <byagoda at udel.edu> wrote:

> blacks were “presidential-surnamed Americans” (Washington, Jefferson). We
> never got any farther than that.

You didn't go far enough. Black Americans have surnames that have their
origin among every ethnic group of Europe plus Indian, Chinese, Japanese,
Korean, and Vietnamese, in addition to a relatively-small number of names
of sub-Saharan African origin and ignoring pswaydo-Arabic surnames like
"Shabazz," etc.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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