Question: What Race Am I?

Prince EA, the “spoken word” artist, has recorded an interesting and thought-provoking video, that illustrates one question millions of people have: what race do I claim when filling out forms? He’s downplaying race by explaining that we are all mixed like him and what matters is that we are all human.

Prince EA uses MyHeritage DNA as the basis for his video. (Note: MyHeritage is also the sponsor of this newsletter.)

The video was published earlier today on Facebook by Prince EA at:

We’re all part of the same family tree of humanity.


What a beautiful video, and so true. The great baseball pitcher, Satchel Paige, who didn’t have a birth certificate, once answered an interviewer who asked him how old he was, “How old would *you* be if you didn’t know when you were born?” That’s exactly the way I feel about my ethnicity. Who would you be if you didn’t know who your ancestors were? Despite years of genealogical research, there are still so many branches of my family tree that lead to a dead end on this side of the Atlantic, that I cannot honestly say for sure anything more specific than that I am American.


Race, after all, is just a social construct that really makes very little sense.


DNA experts for both Y (male) and MtDNA (female) agree that there is no such thing as race. There is no DNA tester for race, only genetic difference. It is a a myth from days gone by. WE must never use that word again for modern purposes.


It seems that they would appreciate our sharing this video but evidently they just want us to like their page. I cannot post to my FB page so MyHeritage loses.


If race makes no sense why do various governmental entities ask for it? To say there is no such construct is, IMO, burying one’s head in the sand.


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