I saw this at Raw Story today, and it was too much to not pass along.
Researchers examined 145,000 DNA samples provided to genetic testing company 23andme for ancestry analysis to determine that at least six million Americans who called themselves white had 1 percent or more African ancestry.
The study published this month in the American Journal of Human Genetics found that whites in the South were far more likely to have at least 1 percent black ancestry than any other part of the country.
“European Americans with African ancestry comprise as much as 12% of European Americans from Louisiana and South Carolina and about 1 in 10 individuals in other parts of the South,” the authors wrote.
The study also noted that individuals with less than 28 percent African ancestry tended to identify as white, while individuals with more than 50 percent African ancestry almost always identified as African-American.
And black Americans living in the South also had more African ancestry than any other region of the country. African-Americans in West Virginia and Oregon had the lowest percentage of African ancestry.
Basically, what I got from reading part of the study is that America has far more “African” DNA than most of us realize. There are some people who think of themselves as being White and from European ancestry that don’t realize they have a bit of African DNA mixed into their family tree along the way. This reinforces a study I read about a while back that discussed Black American DNA in that we’re more than likely to be up to 20% European in our genetic makeup.
The study is linked in the quoted section above, if you want to read it. Here’s part of the conclusion they reached.
This work demonstrates that the legacy of population migrations and interactions over the last several hundred years is visible in the genetic ancestry of modern individuals living in the US. Our results suggest that genetic ancestry can be leveraged to augment historical records and inform cultural processes shaping modern populations. The relationship between self-reported identity and genetic African ancestry, as well as the low numbers of self-reported African Americans with minor levels of African ancestry, provide insight into the complexity of genetic and social consequences of racial categorization, assortative mating, and the impact of notions of “race” on patterns of mating and self-identity in the US. Our results provide empirical support that, over recent centuries, many individuals with partial African and Native American ancestry have “passed” into the white community,79,80 with multiple lines of evidence establishing African and Native American ancestry in self-reported European Americans (see Subjects and Methods). Though the majority of European Americans in our study did not carry Native American or African ancestry, even a small proportion of this large population that carry non-European ancestry translates into millions of European Americans who carry African and Native American ancestry. Our results suggest that the early US history, beginning in the 17th century (around 12 generations ago), might have been a time of many population interactions resulting in admixture.
So, all these people who are up in arms about racism will have to recalibrate their race meters. The people who harbor hatred towards different races just because of the DNA makeup may want to go and have their DNA tested themselves to ensure they’re not hating on themselves. There’s nothing more pathetic than a racist that has to learn to hate himself. Remember Craig Cobb? There’s likely a few more just like him who have no clue.