After learning that she was 31% white, Huffington Post contributor described her feeling of “Shame” and disorientation. Christine Michael Carter discovered that she has some white ancestry after deciding to do a genetic test for Black history Month.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Carter is 67.2% Sub-Saharan African, 31.5 % European (white), .6% East Asian/ Native American and and .6% unassigned.
Huh? Of all the emotions which materialized from the results, the two strongest were disorient and shame,” Carter wrote of her realization that she was almost one third white.
“…But as someone who has become a Black millennial marketing expert… this s*** matters. It’s as if I’ve obscured the one thing which has guided me since I was nine years old… my heritage,” Carter went on. “As inappropriate (but honest) as it sounds, I’d discovered I had the so-called “superior” race running through my veins, and never before had I felt so inferior.”
In actual fact, it would seem that the predominant ancestral make-up of most African-Americans is usually around 24% White European.
There have been some very mixed reactions to Carter’s “plight”. With some saying they identify with her issues and others feeling insulted. Carter explained:
“While I’m no Rachel Dolezal, I must accept the fact I do have White ancestors. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but quite honestly, the road to acceptance will not be an easy one for me to travel,”