Thursday, February 10, 2011

Phases of a Wannabe

A true Wannabe goes through several phases of behavior in their development as a wannabe. Like I have said in the past, not everyone who researches to see if they have Indian blood is a wannabe. Only those who refuse to give up the family myth no matter what the evidence says are wannabes. Below are the phases they go through. Cherokee genealogists see these phases over and over and over.

Phase one - Claims to be Cherokee without proof.

Phase two - When someone disputes their claims, and they can't provide evidence to back their claims, they claim through another line.

Phase three - When they can't claim any longer because their claims have no evidence, they get angry and lash out at the person who disputed them. (Sometimes this is step 2 and the anger starts immediately upon anyone disputing them. They often claim their ancestor would not lie.)

Phase four - When they can't prove their claim and get the other person to accept them as Cherokee, they "feel sorry" for the person, calling them the blood police, sell outs, government Indians, bitter, hateful or toxic.

Phase five - They finally cut off all contact with the person who disputes them, remove their posts from message boards, etc...and continue to claim to be Cherokee.

Phase six (optional) - They launch a full out attack on a person who shows them not to be Cherokee. They do not hesitate to start or spread lies to discredit the person and think they have every right to do so. **Note - Not all wannabes take it this far. Only those who have an overinflated sense of self importance go this far.   

copyright 2011, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

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