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(The Root) -- Genealogical DNA testing can yield very surprising results, as The Root's deputy editor just found out.
"My mother, who is Creole from Louisiana and identifies as black, had her DNA tested recently. The test results came back as positive for a region in India. She was very shocked and confused, because she had never heard of Indian ancestors and can't trace any to Asia on her family tree. Is this a false positive?" --Lauren Williams
Probably not. Several reasons could explain why DNA results for a female Creole from Louisiana would show traces of ancestry from a region in India.
(The Root) -- Whenever northern Nigeria has been in the news in recent months, the stories are usually about killings and kidnappings by Boko Haram -- a radical Islamist insurgency group that has killed some 2,000 people and kidnapped others in the region since its emergence in 2002. The slayings included several people killed during a bank robbery in Yola, a tiny village in the region.
The group's aim is to create an Islamic state. Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, has just declared a state of emergency there and in two other areas, and the Nigerian military has met violence with violence, drawing criticisms for what some see as unnecessary brutality. This week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there were “credible allegations” of human-rights violations committed by Nigerian security forces.
"The Central Park Five" has been a book, a theatrical movie and a PBS film that aired last month, indicting the news media as well as police and prosecutors in each iteration. But how much difference will it make?
"Filmmakers Sarah and Ken Burns, not to mention the Central Park Five, think it's time for someone to apologize," David Hinckley wrote last month in the Daily News in New York as the film made its PBS debut.
The Associated Press is reporting that Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on Friday encouraged Detroit's religious leaders and residents to join him in an effort to buy dilapidated and neglected properties and take other steps to help revitalize the beleaguered city.
The fiery orator offered few specifics in a speech to the Detroit City Council, but made plain his displeasure with Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to appoint an emergency financial manager. He likened the takeover to buzzards circling over a carcass.
"The city abandoned, crime and violence rampant, and the governor has seen fit to take away the rights of the voting public," Farrakhan said, referring to putting someone in charge of the city's finances that wasn't elected. "I don't know what democracy really means if you can be given the right to vote and then somebody can take it away."
Saying that we are witnessing the resegregation of the American media, Farai Chideya delivers an incisive piece at the Nation about the face of journalism today.
When I was a kid, my family loved watching science fiction films and television shows. Some of them, from Star Trek to Soylent Green, featured a multiracial band of humans, plus various sentient life forms. But in other features—let's say the awesomely campy Logan's Run—everyone (or nearly) in the future was white. My family suspended disbelief for the duration of the movie. Then, depending on our mood, we either laughed at or lamented the idea that anyone thought the future would be monochrome, except for the pantsuits.