Indeed, I see all your pitfalls and caveats. Which got me to thinking there was a piece also on Medium called roughly, “Don’t Appropriate My Culture,” aimed at white supremacists from the viewpoint of those of us with Scandinavian heritage — regarding their use of Odin as a mascot and taking ancient religious symbols for hate. This Medium article did an outstanding job of showing how those cultures were traditionally multicultural and Odin put an eye out for wisdom so he’s just not their guy.

I actually write quite a few Medium articles based on the research I do on Ancestry.com. Because my parents met at Salt Late City genealogical library, I am amateur genealogist. For example, Ancestry is where I learned of the sentencing to slavery of white Quakers for the crime of being Quakers by Puritans. The sentence was only not carried out because they had no one to transport the prisoners to the Caribbean where they were to be sold (they were the Southwicks, Preserved Southwick’s slavery sentence is documented by a famous sketch).

The earliest days of this country were not what we were told they were, religious freedom. But my time spent so often with my roots makes me wonder if we can ground white people in something solid so they at least don’t feel they need to go looking to the Confederate flag wavers and the Nazi saluters.

Chances are I have a migraine. My spirit guides are Voltaire & Bierce. Considering making SJW into a religion. Genealogist

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