Recently I got my DNA results back from Ancestry.com. It took like 6-8 weeks and wasn’t hard at all to do. I paid just $97 for it.
Anyways, why go through the trouble? Because–the term “African American” makes no sense–to me at least anyway.
If you ask an Asian person where they are from — most can respond with a specific answer like China (which is a country), etc.
If you ask a White person where they are from — most can connect back to their ancestors in a specific country in Europe like England, etc.
If you ask the average Black person where they are from — most will say Africa, but they have no idea as to what country they are connected to. Make sense?
Africa is a continent. American is a nationality.
So I wanted to find out exactly what country my ancestors came from so I could have some connection to my nationality.
Simple as that.
I think the reason why my DNA is connected to so many different African countries and Ireland/Scotland/Wales is because of slavery.
I did some further research and found out that my last name Houston is of Scottish origin and that the last name Houston was most popular in the state of Tennessee in the 1840s…
Slaves from all different parts of Africa were brought to America.
One or more of my African ancestors was raped by a man from Ireland/Scotland/Wales (which explains that 11% in my DNA).
The offspring survived and my ancestors kept reproducing. And here I am hundreds of years later.
I’ve only been able to track back my family roots by name into the 1850’s so far (by talking to my parents, grandparents and relatives). It took some time, but definitely worth it.
Curious about your roots?
Go to ancestry.com/dna to purchase your kit today.
-Farlin Ave (@farlinave)
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Author: Farlin Ave
Naheem “Farlin Ave” Houston is a musician and founder of 7 Star Dreams. When not busy being an entrepreneur, he works as an entertainment news journalist for the mainstream Hip Hop station 97.9 The Beat in Dallas, TX.
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