In the United States, interracial unions between Native Americans and African Americans have also existed throughout the 16th through early 20th century resulting in some African Americans having Native American heritage. This is the equivalent of a curse on black American women. Edelman had been an aide to the senator. Das, was stripped of her American citizenship for her marriage to an " alien ineligible for citizenship. Before I was even 10, I started having crushes on girls, trying to get my first kiss, and all of that.