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my maternal haplogroup is L3d1-5

Hi, my name is Jason Mabie. I just received my initial results from 23andme (it says step 5 of 6, so the remaining results will come in any day now), and my maternal haplogroup is L3d1-5; the same as some of the people posting here! :)

I finally have, at 31 years old, genetic proof that I am an African-American! My mom's side of the family is from Louisiana, and moved here to southern California in the mid 60's (due to daily oppression, segregation, and terrorism wrought by ludicrous, hateful, and ignorant whites in the Ku Klux Klan-heavy area of Louisiana that they lived).

Because they're mulatto (Louisiana creole), they have a good deal of European features (noses, foreheads, brows, lips).

They also uniformly display some African features (dark brown eyes, black curly hair--a couple of my aunts have straight hair, but all of the rest have hair that's very curly but juuust not tight enough curls to easily identify it as African. Close though--, and high cheekbones).

My mom's side of the family, sadly, and most likely because of the terror they experienced as children before they moved to California, have NEVER talked about their ethnicity. Some of them (my mom, and three of her six sisters) have fairly dark skin pigmentation, but I don't think that if I saw them for the first time I would say that they were definitely African-American...I also wouldn't definitely say that they're Caucasian. My mom's other 3 sisters and 1 brother are much lighter and probably do pass for Caucasian for people meeting them for the first time, though they still possess the dark brown eyes, high cheekbones, etc.

Because of the fact that no one was ever open about our ancestry because they denied it, never explained why some of them have mocha or darker skin, and why- even though all of my aunts/uncles married Caucasian partners- several of their children (my cousins) have mocha skin and tight curly hair...because of this, I've always been confused about what exactly my lineage is. As a child growing up among my big, loving family, my curiosity grew with every passing year as I hugged and gave/received presents at Christmas from my aunts- because I was so curious, I couldn't help but notice how much darker some of them were than I was...and I'm the type (UC Berkeley graduate nerd) that does extensive research projects to satiate my curiosity about a subject. But when I was young, I hadn't quite learned how to research correctly, so I was left confused with ever-growing curiosity about our genetic ancestry.

It interested me so much that I made Ethnic Studies my minor at Cal, taking African-American Studies, African Studies, Slavery in America, U.S. History (from 1609 to Reconstruction), and Sociology 121 (Class and Race Discrimination in America (from the Civil Rights Act to 2003). I LOVED learning about what I knew by that time, at least in my heart, were the people and culture from which I was descended.

Finally today I KNOW FOR CERTAIN and have an ANSWER to the questions that brought about such confusion for so many years: We are, definitively, African-American. I KNEW it! :) I guess the answers to the questions that we have to wait the longest to receive are ultimately the most exciting! GO HAPLOGROUP L3D1-5!!!

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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