Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Recently read a blog from someone who took this "test" and upon finding that she was 30% "White" was ashamed.
It is foolish, although sometimes tempting, to suppose that somehow a person's moral character or worth is affected for good or ill by their genes or ethnic background. Except for inherited mental conditions. I say tempting because my sister did some genealogy research on our family tree, mainly my mother's side, which we didn't know much about. She told me Mum's grandfather was Portuguese. "Cool!" I thought. I'd always felt (I suddenly realised) a bit Latin, a bit continental, a bit different from all these English clods with their pale skins and freckles (you get the idea). I am rather olive skinned as it happens. I dined out on this for some months. Then she told me she had made a mistake, looked at the wrong list or something, and in fact both my mother's parents came from Suffolk. They were gipsies however. Aha. Now that's something exotic? No. Not Roma gipsies, just a couple of itinerant agricultural workers who decided to "go respectable" around 1905 and settled in London, in Deptford. Pure East Anglian. So there you go.