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Wikipedia Not the Place to Ride Hobby Horses[edit]

Someone came along and completely eliminated my original article and substituted one of their own. I don't think the two points of view are incompatible but when you completely eliminate an article and "start over" you should have a good reason, otherwise it looks like vandalism. The article is not the place for debates and axe grinding. Just because something has a reference doesn't make it factual or true in exclusion to other voices. Changes should be discussed in the discussion section and agreed upon before being implemented. Ethnic subjects should be treated more sensitively. [Donpanther -- unsigned, 27 September 2006]

The person who deleted Donpather's article and replaced it was apparently -- and anonymous IP user whose entire contribution to WP to date consists of three contentious edits (on Lumbee and Black Dutch) made within a three-minute time span on 27 September 2006. Historian cat yronwode, not logged in and posting from my IP address (talk) 20:45, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
Black Dutch Gypsies, The only Black Dutch I know are Gypsies... Which is supported by the Smithsonian.
[Robbyfoxxxx - unsigned, 27 September 2006]
Why dont you read the links rather than simply delete them?
[ -- unsigned 28 Sepetember 2006]
I have re-incorporated the good material by Donpanther that was rudely deleted a few years ago by the anonymous IP user and i have created subheadings in which each cohort may present their rationale for the use of the term "Black Dutch," with proper references. Since this mass deletion was not reported at the time, i have looked up and added user names to the unsigned comments above and i have added this page to my watchlist to prevent such abuses in the future. Cordially, catherine yronwode, not logged in, and posting from my IP address. (talk) 20:24, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

Questioning Melungeon sources[edit]

This is poorly sourced, appearing to depend on a 1920s-1930s researcher, with much supposition and leaps of faith. Not sure it is worth keeping. Brent Kennedy is not an expert on Melungeons; his suppositions have been disproved by Dr. Virginia DeMarce, Paul Heinegg, and emerging results in the Goin Melungeon DNA study.--Parkwells (talk) 01:59, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Beware IP[edit]

In June 2009 the anon IP user repeatedly vandalized this page to delete previous text in favour of a few variations of his own text that began

"Black Sock Dutch" is the complete term, due to black outer garment of the Dutch Reformed Church members. The word “sock” disappeared over the years leaving only the two words “Black Dutch“.

These vandalisms of the Black Dutch article are the only WP contributions this person has made. Cordially, cat yronwode, not logged in, posting from my IP address (talk) 23:24, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

He or she did it again in August, 2009. The repeated addition of the word "sock" to the term "Black Dutch" remains this anonymous person's basic contribution to WP. There is one diff, however, where the IP user signed with the name "Casey Taylor"
I think it's time to report this individual for vandalism.
catherine yronwode, not logged in (talk) 04:45, 24 August 2009 (UTC)


I have always been told that my Great-great grandmother was black dutch. I've also been told that two of my great grandmothers were Cherokee Indians. Over the years people have told me that my high cheek bones indicate cherokee indian. When I see pictures of Cherokee Indians they look just like my grandfather, with high cheekbones, white hair and bushy eyebrows. Vanessa1allman (talk) 03:15, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

Black Dutch was definitely a term used to disguise Cherokee and Choctaw ancestry in my husband's Middle TN family from the 1900s to the 1960s or so. I have never heard this term applied to Rom (Gypsy) people -- only to Native or mixed Native/Europeans trying to "pass" for white in TN, KY, OK, and adjacent states. I have found references to this usage all over the web, for instance in the Yahoo group Cherokeendn, where numerous people spontaneosuly have posted that "Black Dutch" -- or the related "Black Irish" -- was the term their own family used. It is not new, it is not controversial, and if it is poorly documented, that is not the fault of those who have used this term for many decades in the South. I am saddened to see how argumentative this simple fact seems to some. catherine yronwode (not logged in, sorry) (talk) 06:02, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
Are there any citations for Black Dutch's shift in meaning to a white person with native blood? -Uyvsdi (talk) 19:08, 3 February 2011 (UTC)Uyvsdi

More refs, more data, text restoration, image[edit]

I have attempted to improve this article by giving it proper Wikipedia heading structure, adding more references, restoring some good referenced text that was deleted three years ago, and bringing in an image of the Cherokee chief known as "Dutch," who had previously not been mentioned at all. I think the article could still use some editing, but i am satisfied that at this point it is not an embarrasment to Wikipedia, as it was when i found it tonight. cat yronwode, still not logged in, but still me. (talk) 08:13, 16 August 2009 (UTC)


Removed the image and content related to the Cherokee chief Tah-Chee, as, other than the coincidence of the name, his life and experiences did not seem to have any relation to the Black Dutch discussion; he was not identified as mixed-race, and he did not stay in the area of the Southeast during or after Indian removal. In addition, the citation for the material was wrong, as it came from an 1837 book, rather than an antiquarian's website.Parkwells (talk) 21:36, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

  • Have reorganized the article somewhat chronologically, to deal with earlier immigration groups to the North, where Dutch and Germans were separately represented, before the influx of other groups who may have contributed to wider adoption of the term. Also noted ethnic German migration from PA to VA along the Shenandoah Valley and backcountry, possible carrying use of the term with them. Removed Seabaugh and other articles as cites that fail to qualify as RS (Reliable Sources)- they lack footnotes and dates of publication in some instances, were not published by peer-review journals, and are anecdotal rather than scholarly. Added another footnoted article by Pylant, and added more to cites and external links to identify authors or web managers.Parkwells (talk) 21:36, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Sorry, but the word "Dutch" is not just an English version of "Deutsch", meaning German. The word was used by people along the river Rhine and north of it, opposite of the Latin world south and southwest of it. Those people spoke Germanic languages and refered to it as "Dietsch", "Duitsch" or "Deutsch", which means "the (vulgar) language of the people", instead of Latin. The modern states of Germany and the Netherlands did not exist allready. In The area that is now called The Neterlands they spoke Dietsch or Duitsch, in the area we now call Germany, they spoke Deutsch. In the Netherlands the word finally disappeared, in Germany it didn't and that is the reason for the misunderstanding. See the part "Dutch, not Deutsch" in the article "Dutch Language". Tovasor (talk) 09:57, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

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