Since recently finding all this new information about Odilon and Flavie I’m going to hit the so-called family “BIG SECRET” head-on.
You all know what I’m talking about. Of course no one really knows what the hell the “BIG SECRET” is all about. And I’m not going to keep writing the “BIG SECRET” so let’s shorten it to the more appropriate form of “BS” from now on. (Yeah I thought that was pretty clever too.)
So what might this BS be? I suppose it could be some kind of personal weirdness of one sort or another. Hey we’re human…so what? Or it may be something potentially much more serious.
Now if you’re trying to immigrate to America and you weren’t born here, you’re father is not an American citizen and you are still alive then you have got some problems – even today in 2010. As far as I know none of us meet those 3 conditions.
I think it will be helpful if we first have to look at some history to put things into perspective and it starts around the mid-1800’s with Charles Darwin.
“In The Descent of Man Darwin noted that aiding the weak to survive and have families could lose the benefits of natural selection…”.
Eugenics. Such a simple-sounding word. Don’t let that fool you.
“Eugenics is the study of, or belief in, the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics). Eugenics was widely popular in the early decades of the 20th century, but has fallen into disfavor after having become associated with Nazi Germany.” ~Source
But then you had the Statue of Liberty. That is what people outside of America thought about. The symbol that almost all humanity equates with freedom and a new beginning.
Engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside is a sonnet written in 1883 by Emma Lazarus.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Nice words. Oh but hold on there Pierre, Adolph, Petrus, Guido, Juan or whatever your name is – you may have gotten the wrong idea. Back in 1894 there were groups like the Immigration Restriction League. They used eugenics as their underlying philosophy.
“The members of the league felt it necessary to oppose the avalanche of supposedly “undesirable immigrants” that were coming to the United States from southern and eastern Europe. Many people in the U.S. at this time felt that these immigrants were threatening what they saw as the American way of life.”
So this is what someone coming to America in the early 1900’s had to look forward to while the Germans were getting ready to move in behind them.
What did Flavie do?
What would you do?