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Re: 25 Marker Exact Matches
In Response To: Re: 25 Marker Exact Matches ()

i have traveled a bit in East Africa (Tanzania & Kenya); pretty extensively in West Africa (10 countries, 5 weeks in 1968; returned to 2 of these countries in 1972 for 4 weeks) and I was not taken to be African by the Africans, with two exceptions; one by an Americo-Liberian who assumed I was either Americo-Liberian as he was, or American; secondly as Ethiopian, and that was by an Ethiopian.

I was in Nigeria when both of the exceptions occurred, so I obviously did not look like them. ;^) The Ethiopian man was there as part of a UN peace commission trying to resolve the Biafra war, so that's how I happened to run into an Ethiopian in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, the locals just assumed me to be the child of an African mother and an English father. I was asked point blank: "So you have an English father?"

I've been taken for Ethiopian by real Ethiopians in Paris, and they got pretty cheesed off when I had no clue what they said to me.

This is pretty funny, since the haplogroup for my paternal grandmother's lineage turns out to be L3d, matching samples taken in Ethiopia. Who knew?

So I guess what I am saying is that most, if not all, African Americans can look at me and tell there is some European back there somewhere. It is other ethnic groups, especially foreign-born with no or scant knowledge of our history, who often have no clue as to why some of us look the way we do.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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