One of the myths of America is the myth of the "melting pot." In some cases it's accurate. The Scottish and Scotts-Irish immigrants to Kentucky and Tennessee, for example, often freely intermarried with the local Indian tribes.
So it happened that my grandmother's great-grandmother was a full-bloodied American Indian named--believe it or not--Pocahantas. As a child my mother and her siblings use to play, pretending that their ancestor was THE Pocahantas. But, clearly, if you add up the time involved for the generations, these were not the same person, for most woman do not give birth at the age of seventy.
My mother's family migrated first to East Texas, then to West Texas. Thus I emerged 1/32 American Indian, and proud of it. One of my brothers and I used to drive our father crazy by insisting on riding horses bareback--Indian-fashion--which wasn't the cowboy way of doing things. But he understood the sentiment behind this behavior.
A friend of mine who lives in the East Village of Manhattan comes from a family that, during the 1800s in Kansas, split off into two branches. One branch became--to all practical purposes--entirely White and the other branch became entirely Black. So my friend, who is black, has distant cousins who, he tells me, are "about as Redneck as you can get." My friend is greatly amused by this whole family saga, and wants to do a movie about it.
Not everyone holds this point of view. Take the Mellon family, who--from the beginning--have been pulling the strings on the Vince Foster affair. The Pittsburgh Brahmins are like the Boston Brahmins when it comes to genealogy. Perhaps that is why the line of black Mellons-- William Mellon, Jr., married into a black family by the name of King--are carefully avoided in polite conversation at the all-white organizations to which Richard Mellon Scaife belongs. This is simple hypocrisy and perhaps not terribly important.
What is important, however, is the Mellon involvement in the same crimes of which they accuse the Clintons. Not that the Clintons aren't guilty of about everything (excepting the actual death of Vince Foster) of which the Mellons have accused them.
But it is clearly a case where the pot is calling the kettle black. The crimes of the pot will begin to emerge in the RICO-suit against Mellon Bank for money laundering that starts Monday, August 28, in Pittsburgh.
[to be continued]