“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. “

–   The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, OMSG CH GCStJ

Dear Family History Researcher

It’s hard to find words for the horrors and injustice that the world is railing against right now.

Many of us have become more acutely aware in the past few weeks of the racism, bigotry, and senseless ending of Black lives after the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many more. This is a wake up call.

Enough is enough.

FHD Media, the parent company of FamilyScrybe™ and Family History Detectives™ stands in solidarity with the Black community and against any form of racism, discrimination or injustice.

Families come in all colors, shapes, flavors, and sizes. FamilyScrybe™ is committed to providing a safe place for all family history storytellers no matter their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.

Unfortunately the legacy of racism and bigotry is one that none of us can escape. These attitudes are woven into the very fabric of our country. Institutional racism in our history classrooms obscured the real truths of many systemic and long-standing racial inequities. In fact, in the United States, this lack of education, or actual glorification of our racist past was planted in a very deliberate and untruthful way. Essentially, we were all lied to as children. (See Learn More for details.)

A deeply entrenched racist social contract is where we come from as Americans – all of us.

The truth isn’t always pretty. Yet it is only by digging into and sharing the truth of our past that we can write a better future for our communities and for our families. For all.

To this end, FamilyScrybe is initiating a family history feature article about racial injustices and how they have affected families over generations. These will appear in each edition of our online magazine. The first, our July 2020 cover article is on the Joseph Hardy story.

It is our hope and belief that learning about and from these stories will help in some small way to save us from continuing to perpetuate bigotry and genocide.

To our customers, readers, colleagues, and everyone in the Black community — we see you and will advocate for you. You matter. Your families matter.

There is sacred space for you here.

Allison Peacock
Founder, FHD Media, LLC
for FamilyScrybe™ and Family History Detectives™

Learn More

The following resources provide more information on the deliberate propaganda campaign of misinformation that all American school children were exposed to in our classrooms –

The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States
Jeffery Robinson, the ACLU’s top racial justice expert, powerfully illuminates the systematic disinformation campaign of the Lost Cause myth. In this lecture, he discusses the dark history of Confederate symbols across the country and outlines what we can do to learn from our past and combat systemic racism.

How Southern socialites rewrote Civil War history
The United Daughters of the Confederacy was a significant perpetuator of the myth of the Lost Cause, an intellectual movement that revised history to look more favorably on the South after the American Civil War. Their influential work with children created a lasting memory of the Confederate cause, and those generations grew up to be the segregationists of the Jim Crow Era in the South.