Ethnic or Religious Identity Confused or Concealed, Racism

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See also: Slaves and Exile or Persecution.

Amo, Anton Wilhelm

Amo was born on the Gold Coast (Ghana) about 1703 and taken to Amsterdam when he was about four. He was given to the Duke of Wolfenbüttel and baptised Anton Wilhelm. He was educated with su... [more]

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children

For several decades from the 1920s to the 1960s, the Australian government operated a deliberate policy of cultural genocide, taking young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children fro... [more]

Baker, Josephine

Baker (the surname of her second husband) was born Josephine Carson to an unmarried couple in the slums of St. Louis, Missouri. Her father abandoned the family before she was a year old, an... [more]

Bálint, Lea

Balint spent part of World War II living under an assumed name in a Polish convent in Brwinow, near Warsaw. Her parents placed her there when she was five and she emerged at the end of the ... [more]

Black, Pauline

Black's birth mother was a teenage secretary, Jewish, and her father was a Nigerian prince, Oladosu Adenle. She was born Belinda Magnus and because her parents were unmarried her mother was... [more]

Canadian Native Children

Canadian Native Children were, as were Native American and Alaskan Native Children , and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children , routinely rounded up and taken away fr... [more]

Casals, Rosemary

Casals was born to poor El Salvadoran immigrant parents in San Francisco. Before she was a year old her parents sent her and her older sister to be raised by their great aunt and uncle. Thi... [more]

Choi Yong Sul

Choi was born in Choong Chung province, Korea, then under Japanese occupation. A Japanese shopkeeper in his village, who had no sons, kidnapped Choi when he was about eight years old and to... [more]

Davidson, Tommy

Davidson's mother was a Black civil rights activist in Mississippi. Unable to raise him herself, she gave him to a white friend, also a civil rights worker, who adopted him. He has suffered... [more]

de Porres, Martin

Martín de Porres was born in Lima. There are two versions of his early life. In one, he was the son of an unknown father and a free African-Peruvian mother, adopted when he was eight by ... [more]

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