The Emotional Pros & Cons Of DNA Testing



By Nikki Igbo

On my mother’s side of the family tree, we can trace certain roots back to the 16th century. The lineage leads to a collection of nobles and landed gentry who had the power and resources to literally own people. Other than the discovery that Barack Obama and I share a common ancestor, I can’t say I’m thrilled with these revelations. As if anyone cares how these people relate to me. As if anyone would classify me as White or European because of it.

I wanted to know about the people who gave me my Black identity so I decided to test my DNA.


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