Saturday, April 08, 2006


I never knew that Hines Ward was Korean-African-American; just that he looked different (but, not in any way unattractive). That makes him a CABLINASIAN like Tiger Woods, whose heritage is Thai-African-American.

CABLINASIAN is the ACRONYM Woods made up as a child to describe his Caucasian-Black-Indian-Asian heritage. Homogeneity is prized in Asia, actually prized everywhere, and mixed race Korean children are made to suffer. It seems those of African descent are everywhere held in the lowest regard by my observation. Ward's visit to Korea to connect to that side of his heritage seems to have struck a cultural nerve that may be doing a little to relieve the stigma.

Another MVP move, Hines!

Personally, I find mixed-race people very attractive. Perhaps they combine the best physical attributes of their gene pool. Woods, Ward, Joakim Noah, Ann Curry (who should have been named Today Show host replacing Katie Couric) and Carol Channing all have characteristic good looks. And no, I am not biracial. I am Black and proud of it. However, I do have at least two biracial ancestors.

George Gwynn, a paternal great-great grandfather, was an enslaved tobacco farmer in Bryant town, Charles County, Maryland. As a widower, he moved with his family to the District of Columbia in the late 1890s where he became a pillar of St. Augustin's Catholic Church. He married his second wife, 19 year old Veronica Coakley, in 1913 and died late that same year. (Well, he was 76 at the time!!!) I do not know his parantage, but by his picture, I know he was biracial. The last surnamed Gwynn from his line passed away in Washington, DC, in 1964.

My maternal grandfather, Monroe Miller of Greenwood County, South Carolina, had a mysterious past. He is suspected of being biracial, but in the nineteenth century, one did not speak of such things in polite company. His parentage was a mystery even to his children. That, or they just are not talking.

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