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Re: Article in UK Paper The Guardian

Hi Toot,
Thanks for sharing this article.

The article states, "Growing numbers of relatively WEALTHY African-Americans have been buying up test kits that can cost up to $350 (200) a throw."

Last time I checked, neither I, my first cousin, her husband, nor others who have ordered African Ancestry's PatriClan and/or MatriClan tests are considered wealthy, by American standards. We may be wealthy in knowledge about some of our family history, but this brotha only has about $30 in his wallet right now. That "ain't" wealthy.

The article stated, "When Oprah had her DNA tested for the programme, the results suggested her most likely match was from the Kpelles tribe of Liberia. Indeed she was told that she could not have come from South Africa. None of this is likely to stop her claiming the Zulus as her kith and kin."

This is conjecture. How does he know this? Is he a mind reader? Did anyone ever hear Oprah say that she will continue to claim Zulu????

And another question, why do writers wish to harbor on the subject that the MatriClan test or the PatriClan test only reveals just a small fraction of our DNA? Did we not know this when we ordered the kits? Isn't the 1% we are able to discover still a milestone since American chattel slavery virtually took away ALL knowledge of our African roots? Is there not something wonderful in knowing something rather than not being to find out anything at all???? I am happy about my 1%...or 3% since three lines were tested.

Just My 2 Cents,

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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