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Old 02-27-2017, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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I Celebrated Black History Month… By Finding Out I Was White

The author of the article did an ancestry test with her DNA. Contrary to the claim by word of mouth that she was part native American, she is 31% white and 0.6% Native American.

Of all the emotions which materialized from the results, the two strongest were disorient and shame. I thought the results would simply confirm what I was told by my family; instead they discredited their allegations.


This has apparently turned her world upside down for now.

It’s as if I’ve obscured the one thing which has guided me since I was nine years old… my heritage. Even back then I believed in Black power, creating drawings in art class titled “A Strong Black Nation”, featuring black construction paper hands reaching for the sky. Along with being a millennial and being a woman, being Black enlivens me. I’m personally and professionally compelled to clarify misconceptions and elevate all three of my squads. As inappropriate (but honest) as it sounds, I’d discovered I had the so-called “superior” race running through my veins, and never before had I felt so inferior.


She ends the article well claiming that the world is a melting pot, and it is better because of it.

While I’m no Rachel Dolezal, I must accept the fact I do have White ancestors. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but quite honestly, the road to acceptance will not be an easy one for me to travel.


I appreciate the honest assessment of her plight. I guess this is where a lifestyle based on identity has failed her, because her identity isn't what she thought it was.

To me, it's much easier to take people as individuals. There are good and not-so-good people in all races.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:05 AM
 
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Why is she so upset by this? Henry Lewis Gates, founder of The Root, was surprised that his DNA revealed he was 52% European, and he accepts it. I just wish people would look at the past in a constructive way and not be demoralized by it. There is absolutely nothing that can be done but learn from it.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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Time for her to take off those "I'm Black" glasses and join the real world.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Austin TX
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My DNA showed that my people just left Africa approx 4,000 years ago, unlike most people whose ancestors left much earlier than that. As an ethnically Hawaiian woman, it was kind of surprising. My husband just laughed and said "this explains your round booty and fondness of bass" and we went on with our day.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:17 AM
 
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It really seems somewhat ironic that so many want 'diversity' and that as 'diversity' increases, the interrelationships between races and ethnicities are also very likely to increase as people of all different stripes and backgrounds fall for each other, marry (or not) and have children .. leading to .. less 'purity' of any particular race in their children's blood. And over time (it will take a few generations but it will happen), we will all look more and more like each other. And at that point, we will have little diversity of the kind they wanted in the first place (other than perhaps what we always had and what it should have been all along - diversity of thought, talent, ability, etc. - not race or colour).


Be careful what you ask for unless you have recognized, and are ready to accept, the consequences.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:23 AM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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As dark as my husband and I are, I gave birth to one child with bluish eyes. Even though they rather quickly turned brown it was an indication that he had white ancestors somewhere in the mix, which means one of us did. There are very few "pure breeds" in America, if there are any. It's one of the reasons reparations for slavery are nutty at this point, most people would end up needing to pay themselves. We are far more of a melting pot than most people are willing to acknowledge.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:41 AM
 
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That's a higher percentage of Native American than Elizabeth Warren.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:44 AM
 
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That's a higher percentage of Native American than Elizabeth Warren.
how do you know?
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:45 AM
 
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how do you know?
Does it matter? If she can just make it up, can't I?
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I Celebrated Black History Month… By Finding Out I Was White

The author of the article did an ancestry test with her DNA. Contrary to the claim by word of mouth that she was part native American, she is 31% white and 0.6% Native American.

Of all the emotions which materialized from the results, the two strongest were disorient and shame. I thought the results would simply confirm what I was told by my family; instead they discredited their allegations.


This has apparently turned her world upside down for now.

It’s as if I’ve obscured the one thing which has guided me since I was nine years old… my heritage. Even back then I believed in Black power, creating drawings in art class titled “A Strong Black Nation”, featuring black construction paper hands reaching for the sky. Along with being a millennial and being a woman, being Black enlivens me. I’m personally and professionally compelled to clarify misconceptions and elevate all three of my squads. As inappropriate (but honest) as it sounds, I’d discovered I had the so-called “superior” race running through my veins, and never before had I felt so inferior.


She ends the article well claiming that the world is a melting pot, and it is better because of it.

While I’m no Rachel Dolezal, I must accept the fact I do have White ancestors. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but quite honestly, the road to acceptance will not be an easy one for me to travel.


I appreciate the honest assessment of her plight. I guess this is where a lifestyle based on identity has failed her, because her identity isn't what she thought it was.

To me, it's much easier to take people as individuals. There are good and not-so-good people in all races.
No one should be lied to or misled. Always fight for the truth no matter how painful one thinks it might be. The truth is pure.
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