Friday, August 01, 2014

Did not see that coming

For reasons related to World War II, my heritage is a little complicated. I've always known there were issues with the Official Story, for the obvious reason that one parent's age did not harmonize well with a grandparent's military service record, even though the birth records supported it.

Now my brother has sent me the results of the genetic test he had done recently and several of the results were a little surprising. Namely:
  1. I'm not of English-German descent on one side, but English-Irish.
  2. I'm definitely Hispanic, but I'm not Asian after all. This was a little surprising at first, given the appearance of one of my brothers. But I'm still tri-racial because....
  3. I'm Native American. And not in the Fauxcahontas manner either. We're talking about enough to qualify for membership in most Indian tribes. And, as it happens, more than enough to qualify for the relevant one.
So, as it happens, the racist whites of SFWA not only expelled a Person of Color, but one of its very few Indian members. I have to admit, I'm rather looking forward to the next person to resort to the "well, are you a Native American?" argument during a debate concerning the evils of immigration.


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Anonymous Lana August 02, 2014 10:37 PM  

"This is one of the great myths in American ancestry. Recent looks at the records and at broad DNA samplings have shown that relatively few American families (less than ten percent) have genuine Native American ancestry, despite a majority of families with pre-20th century roots in the U.S. having family lore about an Indian grandfather or grandmother tucked somewhere a few generations back."

This made me want to state for the record, NAANAALT!! (Not All American Native Americans Are Like That!) Seriously, though, my grandfather is 1/4 Cherokee and he was raised by his white grandfather. Alpha man, he was. He was so pretty, even at 5'9" tall, he married a 6' tall lady who was the most beautiful woman in his county. He knew absolutely nothing about the tribe, but if you put him in native dress not a single Cherokee would question his heritage. His face was a blade. Neither he, nor his sons were able to grow much facial hair. Hell, my sons can't either but by golly, our ability to tan is quite extraordinary. Whomever mentioned that the Indian blood and the Mexican blood look similar enough to be partially deceiving? I agree. In every picture of the two of them in the paper, the locals thought my grandmother was married to a Mexican. The last time I spent any amount of time at the lake, a Mexican friend said to don't look like no white girl.

This has been one of the funniest and most entertaining posts I've read here at Vox Popoli this week. I love this blog.

Anonymous Varenius August 02, 2014 10:57 PM  

James Dixon, that's pretty much my understanding about the Mound Builders too.

I think this is a touchy issue for some people because the Mound Builders are sometimes used in Mormon apologetics as supposed evidence for their history of pre-Columbian America. Saying that the MBs may not be the same race makes them suspicious that you might be LDS.

Blogger James Dixon August 03, 2014 10:47 AM  

> Saying that the MBs may not be the same race makes them suspicious that you might be LDS.

Heh. That would be a hoot.

Anonymous T14 August 03, 2014 3:43 PM  

In my original test, I was half Eastern European and a quarter UK. They revised...something...and gave me updated results of half Scandinavian (no Eastern European) and broke UK up into Irish and UK. Very odd.

Blogger Anchorman August 05, 2014 8:51 AM  

For obvious reasons, I can't help but think about the "Racial Draft" skit on Chapelle's Show.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants December 15, 2020 12:48 PM  

Fun trivia-native Americans outbreed more than any other group. Something along the lines of 70% or more.
That means there will continue to be more folks with Indian blood, no matter how diluted.

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