Black HuffPost Writer HORRIFIED to Learn She’s White and NOT Native-American
“I Celebrated Black History Month… By Finding Out I Was White”
A writer for the liberal Huffington Post learned that she is not as Black as she thought she was, In fact she learned that she is White. Contributor
A few weeks ago, in celebration of Black History Month, I completed an ancestry composition report through 23andMe. I found myself interested in their claim of helping clients find where their DNA came from around the world, since DNA can tell where a person’s ancestors lived more than 500 years ago. After completing my home-based saliva collection kit I quickly received my results:
Sub-Saharan African: 67.2%
East Asian & Native American: 0.6%
Christine Michel Carter said that “Of all the emotions which materialized from the results, the two strongest were disorient and shame.”
And I wasn’t just told I was Native American and Black by my maternal family, I saw documentation citing an ancestor as a member of the Lumbee tribe, present-day descendants of the Saraw Tribe…
…Which brings me to the rationale behind the second emotion the results unexpectedly surfaced: I found out I was White. Not just 13% White, my husband’s percentage when he too completed the ancestry composition report. Not just 25% White, since the average amount of DNA in an African American’s genome traced back to West Africa is about 75% . I was damn near 1/3 White. That’s significant.
Perhaps Christine Michel Carter is upset because now that she knows she isn’t Native-American she also knows that there is no way she is related to Elizabeth Warren, aka Pocahontas.
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