I took a DNA test (see the results here) and the test said what I already knew. I was overwhelmingly African. Before the test results came in some members of my family insisted and were adamant that we had first Nations ancestry. This was because of what great grandma said about her great grandma because she had straight hair. Well let’s just say my results disappointed a few people.We have ZERO, nada, nil, none First Nations ancestry. Not even one drop.The truth is most African Americans do not either.
Did you know that African-Americans have more European ancestry than they do First Nations? According a story from The Grio, “DNA testing suggests that fewer than 10 percent of black people are of Native American ancestry. To be exact, 5 percent of African-Americans have at least 12.5 percent Native American ancestry, meaning at least one great-grand parent. In contrast, 58 percent of black Americans have at least 12.5 percent white ancestry.” That is less than TEN PERCENT!!!! That means at most 3.6 million out of 36 million African-Americans that have some First Nations ancestry. If someone told you that you have First Nations ancestry it means somebody in your family done lied to you.
I believe most African-Americans that do claim Pocahontas as their great-great grandma do so because no one wants to admit that, that “good hair” or light skin they worship came from a rapist. Please drop the romanticized slave and slave master relationships. Slavery was awful. Love doesn’t exist in a relationship if someone owns you. Secondly, I believe that these people could not see the beauty of Blackness. Remember these folks were just off of the slave plantation. They were conditioned to believe in their own inferiority. Sadly, these people passed these myths on to later generations including this one. So yeah that “good hair” and light skin you worship more than likely came from a rapist. So colorists enjoy your slave rape induced colorism.
Regardless of the facts, I am sure someone will insist that all of these studies and DNA test results are wrong. They always do. I insist that you take the test. Once you do, perhaps it’s time to drop the myths and embrace the beauty of your Blackness. We have a rich, original and beautiful culture with a diverse people and languages. “Now you know and knowing is half the battle.” G.I. Joe