Elizabeth Weise USA TODAY Published 5:57 PM EST Dec 2, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO – Family history DNA tests are pegged to be hugely popular gifts this Christmas – but are they worth it if you're one of the 30 percent or so of Americans with ancestors who didn't come from Europe? Today, the answer is a qualified maybe. People of color generally aren't going to get the same specificity of ethnicity estimates as white Americans, though the results are slowly getting more precise for those with ancestors from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Even so, experts suggest collecting DNA from your oldest relatives now, wherever they come from, because one day it's going to be a genealogical gold mine. Kalani Mondoy, whose family is part native Hawaiian, ran straight into that particular brick wall when trying to track his mother’s side of the family. Paper records didn't get him very far. “In the case of Hawaiians, it’s a lot of oral … [Read more...] about For Asians, blacks, Latinos, genealogical tests don’t tell full story
Why february is black history month
Since the late 19th century, Philadelphia has been known as the city of homes, a relatively affordable place one can fill with family and memories. Up the steps and staircases of many a black Philadelphia house, one can find something familiar, whether it’s an Annie Lee painting, glittered popcorn ceilings, or portraits of relatives arranged in a constellation. Philadelphia has the highest percentage of black owner-occupied homes among the nation’s 10 largest cities. According to an Inquirer and Daily News analysis of census data, black homeowners live in 39 percent of Philadelphia’s housing units, nearly twice the rate of the next-highest city, Chicago, and far greater than the national rate of 8 percent. Black-Owned Housing Rate High in Philadelphia Philadelphia has the highest rate of black owner-occupied homes among the 10 largest U.S. cities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. U.S. Census Bureau Staff Graphic Over the course of Black History Month in … [Read more...] about How black Philadelphians’ homes capture life’s moments
Driving southbound down Clarksville Pike, the mural reveals itself from the top down. First you see their heads, tilted skyward, their eyes focused on a shining star. Even if you don’t know the civil rights luminaries by name, their purpose is clear: This is a march.At the back of the pack, John Lewis and Z. Alexander Looby walk side by side, Looby’s arm casually swung over the shoulders of young Lewis, who clenches his fist at his side. Just ahead of them, a toddler-age boy wears She’s Gotta Have It-era Spike Lee glasses and sucks a pacifier. Diane Nash, a leader in the Nashville sit-in movement of the 1960s, strides ahead, her eyes narrowed the way they must have been when she led the march to City Hall. It was there, after Looby’s home was bombed in 1961, that she asked Mayor Ben West to desegregate the lunch counters — and he finally agreed. Nash is well-known in the city’s civil rights canon, but the woman who walks beside her is not. Curlie … [Read more...] about Historically Black North Nashville Is Creating Cultural Spaces That Matter
Everyone in the Texas redistricting fight is pissed off. In their latest brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, the voting and minority rights groups challenging Texas' political maps painted Republican state lawmakers as “opportunistically inconsistent in their treatment of appearance versus reality.” Pointing to the lawmakers’ 2013 adoption of a court-drawn map that was meant to be temporary, the groups chronicled the actions as “a ruse,” a “shellgame strategy” and a devious “smokescreen” meant to obscure discriminatory motives behind a previous redistricting plan. Channeling their anger toward the lower court that found lawmakers intentionally discriminated against voters of color, state attorneys used a February brief to denounce the court’s ruling as one that “defies law and logic,” suffers multiple “legal defects” and “flunks the commonsense test to boot.” The Texas Tribune thanks … [Read more...] about Seven years later: Why everyone is mad in the Texas redistricting fight
Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, setting off a period of mourning, reflection and anger that gripped America. He was in Memphis to rally support for striking sanitation workers, who were protesting unsafe working conditions, and while on the balcony of his room at the Lorraine Motel (now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum), he was shot once and fatally by James Earl Ray, from the bathroom of a nearby boarding house.By the age of 39, King had become a primary leader of the civil rights movement and had been active since the 1950s as a minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was an instrumental figure in protests (in Montgomery, Washington, Selma and elsewhere) and in the passage of landmark civil and voting rights legislation. He had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at 35. In the last years of his life, King faced criticism from some African-American activists who wanted him to … [Read more...] about Who is Martin Luther King Jr. to us, 50 years later?