Above I have posted my ethnicity breakdown according to Ancestry.com and my DNA. My point in doing this post is to bring attention to the inadequacy of the labels created by racism in America to identify Americans. Please read further.
I mentioned in the recent past that our Vice President Kamala Harris has all kinds of ethnic subdivision labels. The first woman, Black American or African American, and Asian American or Indian American Vice President. The media does this to create a picture and identity, but it truly creates, confirms and continues the system of racism. President Biden, is always the 46th American president. Not the Irish-American president. Former President Obama was the 45th and first African American president. Former President George W. Bush was always referred to as the 44th American president. Not the German/English-American president.
So if you have lineage and genetics outside of European, you will be automatically subdivided and labeled specifically. Just to make things so called "clear" to the public for identity sake. Very seldom, unless it's a historical report will Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish (from Spain) or other European origins be used as a hyphenated identity with American. It's usually just American.
Just for giggles, I submitted my DNA to Ancestry.com to breakdown my genetic ethnic lineage. With all the subdivision labels that we have, mine surely presents further complications. The more concise Ancestry has become by using DNA the more identities get added to the list. It has been fun because over the past 6 years, they have created more DNA markers. Does this information make identity more clarified or more confusing? I personally had a chuckle.
According to the list by Ancestry.com I am African/European/Caribbean-American. That's a mouthful!
So...grab a cup of coffee, and if you have nothing else to do, I'm inviting you to take a look at the list above and to have a giggle on me. Enjoy!
All of the percentages add up to 100% JoMarie. And I'm 100% American. (how dare I say that!)