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German 16 10.67%
English 9 6.00%
Scottish 2 1.33%
Irish 9 6.00%
French 4 2.67%
Italian 6 4.00%
Russian 2 1.33%
Polish 6 4.00%
Spanish 0 0%
Scandinavian 6 4.00%
Cuban 2 1.33%
Dominican 0 0%
Mexican 1 0.67%
Salvadoran 0 0%
Colombian 0 0%
Japanese 0 0%
Chinese 7 4.67%
Indian 4 2.67%
Vietnamese 2 1.33%
Korean 3 2.00%
Filipino 0 0%
Pakistani 1 0.67%
Iranian 0 0%
Nigerian 1 0.67%
Ethiopian 0 0%
Somalian 1 0.67%
South African 0 0%
Arab 0 0%
Many european backgrounds 25 16.67%
Many latino backgrounds 2 1.33%
Many african background 3 2.00%
Many asian background 1 0.67%
Amerindian 1 0.67%
African American 17 11.33%
Other 19 12.67%
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:35 PM
 
Location: Silverthorne, Colorado
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Aww you didn't have Puerto Rican listed by itself! Sad!

Anyways, me:
50% Puerto Rican
Between 25-30% Polish (I just clicked Polish )
Between 15-20% Italian
Approx. 5% German
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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For the moment it's very "european"
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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For the moment it's very "european"
Keep in mind that the list left some of us not being able to pick and left it blank. Puerto Ricans left out.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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So why is it Ok for Black people to call themselves African Americans when they know nothing of Africa or their ancestors from 200 years ago?

I am what I am because my ancestors came here from those other countries. Should I just call myself an American or a Texan & leave it at that? My Grandmother on my moms side her father was born in Italy & settled in Waco, Tx. & were some of the very first Italians to settle there. They opened up Italian grocery markets as their business. She cooks Italian food & we still embrace the culture.

Why should you just go about your life clueless on where you originated from?
That's easy to say when you know where your family immigrated from. In the case of Black Americans, their ancestors were stolen from Africa, they had their families broken up, they had their traditional African names changed to "Christian" names, and they weren't allowed to learn how to read or write, so their family histories weren't able to be preserved and passed on. A modern day Black American has no idea what African nation or nations he traces his lineage from. He could have descendants from Cameroon or Nigeria or Ghana or all three. Black Americans have no idea where they came from and no way of finding out, aside from spending millions on DNA testing.
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:59 PM
 
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That's easy to say when you know where your family immigrated from. In the case of Black Americans, their ancestors were stolen from Africa, they had their families broken up, they had their traditional African names changed to "Christian" names, and they weren't allowed to learn how to read or write, so their family histories weren't able to be preserved and passed on. A modern day Black American has no idea what African nation or nations he traces his lineage from. He could have descendants from Cameroon or Nigeria or Ghana or all three. Black Americans have no idea where they came from and no way of finding out, aside from spending millions on DNA testing.
I said African American and about 71% of the genetics of African Americans trace their ancestry to Western Africa(from current day Senegal to Angola, with most supposedly coming from what is current day Nigeria in terms of plurality). Nigeria and I believe parts of northern Cameroon, Togo and Benin, were a part of the Slave Coast: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_Coast
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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That's easy to say when you know where your family immigrated from. In the case of Black Americans, their ancestors were stolen from Africa, they had their families broken up, they had their traditional African names changed to "Christian" names, and they weren't allowed to learn how to read or write, so their family histories weren't able to be preserved and passed on. A modern day Black American has no idea what African nation or nations he traces his lineage from. He could have descendants from Cameroon or Nigeria or Ghana or all three. Black Americans have no idea where they came from and no way of finding out, aside from spending millions on DNA testing.
And, DNA testing doesn't really give you an accurate impression of your ethnicity. DNA testing can find out the general ethnic make-up your mother's mother's mother's mother (mitochondrial (sp)), etc and your father's father's father's father (y-chromosome) etc. It leaves out the vast majority of your ancestors who are neither of these. Plus, even when you find out the DNA of these maternal and paternal ancestors, they are not placed in neat categories matching modern political boundaries or even accepted ethnic groups like "ghanian" or "irish", but instead provide a list of genes that may be more common in some races than others.

I realize your main point was not about DNA testing, but I just needed to throw that out there since many people (not nessecarily you) are very misinformed about DNA testing. Soooo even with testing, black Americans can't really find out where their ancestors are from.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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I am an American foremost. If I go back 3 or 4 generations, then my ancestors originate from Germany and Ireland. Which means I like beer.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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I am an American foremost.... Which means I like beer.
You can go ahead and delete that middle part, and it still works.
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:28 AM
 
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I said African American and about 71% of the genetics of African Americans trace their ancestry to Western Africa(from current day Senegal to Angola, with most supposedly coming from what is current day Nigeria in terms of plurality). Nigeria and I believe parts of northern Cameroon, Togo and Benin, were a part of the Slave Coast: Slave Coast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Also, the total of African genetics is 80%, as the other 9% comes from other parts of Africa. This ranges from people that identify as Black/African American with 20-100% African ancestry.
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