John LaFleur II 
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Re: “The Creole Gourmet Society

Unfortunately, this over generalization implies all white francophones must be of Acadian descent to eat, drink, sing and live the "joie de vivre" of Louisiana. The further implication is that "Creole" can only represent black folks today. Both are false, even as the misrepresentation of "Creole" was never limited to descendants of only White French and Spanish peoples in the Colonial period; not until the late 19th century when this term was reinvented by white New Orleans Creoles such as Charles Gayarre' as exclusive of people of color, often their own children, as known in Gayarre's own situation. The misuse and confusion of Creole by Creoles of Color as a racial tag as opposed to the ethnic tag which has always been embraced by white, black and all Creoles, has also, and regrettably, added to the confusion. The simple truth is that the Acadian descendants, along with the French descendants, black and white, all identified as "Creole" in Louisiana. The Acadians before ever arriving in Louisiana also identified as such according to recent scholarship. "Cajunization" of the post 1968 period of Lafayette, Louisiana's eco-tourism evolution has tragically muddled the previous clear waters of Louisiana's complex historical narrative in favor of a myth-history which uncritically assigns credit to the Acadians for a multi-ethnic and pre-Acadian historical and Louisiana-based culture still unknown in Canada. Embarrassing as it is farcical.

Posted by John LaFleur II on 09/22/2017 at 10:38 AM

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