On the surface it feels like it should be easy to “guesstimate” the ethnicity of someone. If a person “looks to be White” then that is normally how we assess him or her. However, can we “correctly judge ethnic content based on just looks alone?” Most of us learn our racial identity from our parents, but how far back in the generation line can they truly go? Recently, the introduction of DNA tests have given people hope to determine their true family line, but just “how accurate” are these tests? Since each person is a product of two adults with two distinct family lines then that means that “EVERYONE’S” DNA should be “different.” That being said, it only makes sense that a child should have “half” of each parent’s DNA (50 % from the mother and 50% from the father). Then any grandchild would have a “quarter” of that DNA, and any great grandchildren would have 12.5 % (and so on). After about 10 to 15 generations the DNA should be spread out “so thin that it might seem impossible to make any real determination of anything.” Depending on what you believe to be the true origin of the creation of man, most people had no choice but to mate with those in close proximity. That makes sense, because there were no cars, boats or planes back then, so it wasn’t as though you could travel far to have sexual relations with someone. If you take into consideration the theory that the origin of the human race started with “just two people” then through DNA we ALL should be related racially. Even if you take into consideration that we originated through a “couple” of people that still links us all through the geography of our ancestors being in the “same geographic location.” Without knowing the entire family line of the person you had children with your family claim of being “purely White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian or other” would be in jeopardy because you really wouldn’t know. When migrating to different environments it may have altered our looks, cultures and language but that doesn’t mean that all of our family lines can’t still be “tied together somehow.” You may have had great grandparents who “thought” that they were of pure ethnic background, but without any DNA test they were probably not sure either. So does this mean that we should give no credibility to the results of DNA testing? I honestly don’t know the answer to that one, but I do think the world would be a better place if we all at least “acted” like we don’t know our true ethnic background. Maybe then we wouldn’t be so “quick” to malign or discriminate against those we feel are different from us. If we acted like “part of them could easily be part of you” then maybe this world would turn out to be a better place after all. While everyone is different, it is the vast degrees of difference that essentially make us all “the same.” No matter what I write, people will still exhibit racial discrimination and prejudice against others. That is “learned behavior” that also originated from our ancestors. We are all the same color on the inside… Until we can see that then this world will continue to perpetuate the myths that color makes a difference. All that tells me is that even with 20/20 vision, you can still be “blind as a bat.” I hope you are one of those people who can still see clearly “with your eyes closed.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Lynda Carter (The “original Wonder Woman”) with Brett Jolly