In distinct contrast to “grandma-Bessie”, the “Geechee Lady”, who was born in 1888, on a little South Carolina sea-island among the humble descendants of the Cherokee “Trail of Tears”- survivors, crammed together with the descendants of black-slaves into one little, down-trodden island-community),……. grandmother-Sarah, a “Wesort-Mulatto-Indian”,…(was born one year after Bessie in 1889, in the somewhat more up-to-date, southern city of La Plata).
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Sarah Proctor came into the world among her people, the genteel, colored-elite; …an intermediate color-caste, who were the “free-people-of-color” of southeast Port Tobacco & La Plata, Maryland,… known as the proud, self-sufficient, well-educated, softly-spoken, well-mannered, very well-dressed, and
always smoothly-coiffured, “good-haired” & light-skinned “Wesorts”
• It was during an era when RACISM was “KING”; a stark-white, ruthless & headless monarch that ranted, ruled, and raged through America.
• However, ironically on the other hand, there were those proponents of COLORISM who were said to be found mostly among “lighter people”, who exhibited social airs which caused them to be perceived by most other “Coloureds” as “privileged” little princes & princesses” who,…….somehow always seemed, to their darker brothers & sisters (who misunderstood them), to be loyally-emulating their eminent ruler, that metaphorical raging “KING”!
• But, for the most part, they were NOT really as disloyal as they were perceived to be,…but, “stuck in the middle” as they were,…they were simply a very misunderstood group of very good American citizens.