Scholars want help identifying slaves...

Scholars want help identifying slaves' origins

There are 102 comments on the Belleville News Democrat story from Dec 29, 2011, titled Scholars want help identifying slaves' origins. In it, Belleville News Democrat reports that:

Almost two centuries before there was a man named Obama in the White House, there was a man named Obama shackled in the bowels of a slave ship.

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CHECK SIX

North Port, FL

#1 Dec 29, 2011
its the DNA Stupid!...HARVARD PROFESSOR HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. JOINS FORCES WITH FAMILY TREE DNA TO LAUNCH AFRICANDNA.COM

Gates comments that "sometimes African Americans will discover that their DNA can be traced to a white ancestor, especially on the father's side, because of slavery. About 30 percent of the African American male population has a white male ancestor."

A Great Site...was on PBS with the testing,history,and results.

It seems these LOONY Scholars want to show Barack Hussein Obama did NOT come on the MAYFLOWER!

Could be his White Grandpa,and Grand Ma did...but not HUSSIENS DRUNKING OLD MAN!!...WHOS YER DADDY??
HUSSIN had TWO!!
Captain Ahab

Bluffton, SC

#4 Dec 29, 2011
Yeah, and Aunt Zeituni's great-great grand daddy was Kunte Kinte. Give me a freakin' break.
LIGER OMNI PRIME

Sparta, NJ

#5 Dec 29, 2011
who gives a sh!t !

“Kiss Me You Fool!”

Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

#6 Dec 29, 2011
Hey Cain...you're comments about racism doesn't exist...confirms you're an brainwashed idiot.

Since: Jan 07

White Haven, PA

#7 Dec 29, 2011
This is an intriguing task but as the article states, the variables make the odds favoring a successful conclusion minimal. Obama's direct anscestors are identified as having been a nomadic people which suggests the potential for cultural and linguistic influences from myriad sources. Pinpointing divergence from their point of origin may be close to impossible. Population groups move about for a variety of reasons. Sometime they move as a single entity. In other cases, war or famine, as examples, precipitate a mass migration and an intermingling of tribal groups. In the absence of acceptable written documentation, oral tradition, such as Alex Haley's family retained is the only option. If it does indeed exist,there must be some degree of corroboration.

“Obama Is Mentally Sick”

Since: Oct 11

AOL

#8 Dec 29, 2011
CHECK SIX wrote:
its the DNA Stupid!...HARVARD PROFESSOR HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. JOINS FORCES WITH FAMILY TREE DNA TO LAUNCH AFRICANDNA.COM
Gates comments that "sometimes African Americans will discover that their DNA can be traced to a white ancestor, especially on the father's side, because of slavery. About 30 percent of the African American male population has a white male ancestor."
A Great Site...was on PBS with the testing,history,and results.
It seems these LOONY Scholars want to show Barack Hussein Obama did NOT come on the MAYFLOWER!
Could be his White Grandpa,and Grand Ma did...but not HUSSIENS DRUNKING OLD MAN!!...WHOS YER DADDY??
HUSSIN had TWO!!
Barack Obama's mother whored around so much, who knows for sure who his daddy is.
Lance Winslow

United States

#9 Dec 29, 2011
No Child Left wrote:
This is an intriguing task but as the article states, the variables make the odds favoring a successful conclusion minimal. Obama's direct anscestors are identified as having been a nomadic people which suggests the potential for cultural and linguistic influences from myriad sources. Pinpointing divergence from their point of origin may be close to impossible. Population groups move about for a variety of reasons. Sometime they move as a single entity. In other cases, war or famine, as examples, precipitate a mass migration and an intermingling of tribal groups. In the absence of acceptable written documentation, oral tradition, such as Alex Haley's family retained is the only option. If it does indeed exist,there must be some degree of corroboration.
Studies of human gene libraries reveal that shared genes far outnumber single nucleotide variation which accounts for individuality; we are all cousins. This is the last thing racists want to hear.
Dances with Wolves

Elkton, MD

#10 Dec 29, 2011
No Child Left wrote:
This is an intriguing task but as the article states, the variables make the odds favoring a successful conclusion minimal. Obama's direct anscestors are identified as having been a nomadic people which suggests the potential for cultural and linguistic influences from myriad sources. Pinpointing divergence from their point of origin may be close to impossible. Population groups move about for a variety of reasons. Sometime they move as a single entity. In other cases, war or famine, as examples, precipitate a mass migration and an intermingling of tribal groups. In the absence of acceptable written documentation, oral tradition, such as Alex Haley's family retained is the only option. If it does indeed exist,there must be some degree of corroboration.
Obama is not a descendant of slavery. His African ancestry comes direct from his father, who was not American and whose parents and great-grandparents were not slaves in America. Perhaps his mother was the descendant of slave owners, since she was white. Or maybe Michelle can trace her ancestry to an American slave. But not Obama. No matter how hard they try, Barrack himself was never a descendant of a slave, not on his father's side of the family anyway.

“Kiss Me You Fool!”

Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

#11 Dec 29, 2011
Dances with Wolves wrote:
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Obama is not a descendant of slavery. His African ancestry comes direct from his father, who was not American and whose parents and great-grandparents were not slaves in America. Perhaps his mother was the descendant of slave owners, since she was white. Or maybe Michelle can trace her ancestry to an American slave. But not Obama. No matter how hard they try, Barrack himself was never a descendant of a slave, not on his father's side of the family anyway.
I had to jump in and agree, if you're sure his mother has no Black-American blood in her.... but let's assume your are 100% correct....which means NOW his background is known and confirmed by the idiots on the right.

This was not the case by a poster just a few posts above this one. Who states his mother was whoring around so much (as if they know this) that no one knows who his father his.

Isn't it fuuny how the right can confirm his background when they want to...and when they don't they we have birthers and posters like above.

Which is it...we know who is dad is, or we don't.

Can't you folks on the right get your conspiracies straight?

“Kiss Me You Fool!”

Since: Jan 08

Atlanta via Brooklyn NY

#12 Dec 29, 2011
Who agrees with Herman Cain, when he said racism doesn't exist?

...only those on the right. Such hypocrites.

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#13 Dec 29, 2011
Lance Winslow wrote:
<quoted text>Studies of human gene libraries reveal that shared genes far outnumber single nucleotide variation which accounts for individuality; we are all cousins. This is the last thing racists want to hear.
Then I would suggest not letting Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, or Jeremiah Wright know about it!

“Make America Great Again”

Since: Jun 07

Bring Obama Back!

#14 Dec 29, 2011
It is truly remarkable when you think about how progressive this nation has become with the historic election of the first African American President with this countryís history of hate, slavery, Jim Crow laws and civil rights.

Not only that but with the Presidentís background of being raised by a single mother and then his grandparents just show that when we give Americaís kids opportunities there is nothing that they canít accomplish with a good education, hard work and a little luck.

“Sending All That Is Good...”

Since: Apr 11

Just Take It Lightly

#15 Dec 29, 2011
I'm much more concerned with the names of:

Rothschilds & Rockefeller etc.,- The true people with hidden agenda's

“Sending All That Is Good...”

Since: Apr 11

Just Take It Lightly

#16 Dec 29, 2011
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
It is truly remarkable when you think about how progressive this nation has become with the historic election of the first African American President with this countryís history of hate, slavery, Jim Crow laws and civil rights.
Not only that but with the Presidentís background of being raised by a single mother and then his grandparents just show that when we give Americaís kids opportunities there is nothing that they canít accomplish with a good education, hard work and a little luck.
You're absolutely right...it's all up to each individual no matter what circumstances he or she may have endured in their past, as to whether one chooses to succeed or continues to remain dormant on their path of life. And for those who have succeeded, they are the exceptional ones...
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#17 Dec 29, 2011
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
It is truly remarkable when you think about how progressive this nation has become with the historic election of the first African American President with this countryís history of hate, slavery, Jim Crow laws and civil rights.
Not only that but with the Presidentís background of being raised by a single mother and then his grandparents just show that when we give Americaís kids opportunities there is nothing that they canít accomplish with a good education, hard work and a little luck.
Along with 'good education, hard work and a little luck', you shouldn't forget the idiocracy existing in the country today--you know, the 'mondo big-ass' hope and change offered in 2008.
bailout my duck

United States

#19 Dec 29, 2011
why dont they study how much govt waste and what programs/agencys/laws serve no purpose today
Robert

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#20 Dec 29, 2011
Marine Corp Pat wrote:
It is truly remarkable when you think about how progressive this nation has become with the historic election of the first African American President with this countryís history of hate, slavery, Jim Crow laws and civil rights.
Not only that but with the Presidentís background of being raised by a single mother and then his grandparents just show that when we give Americaís kids opportunities there is nothing that they canít accomplish with a good education, hard work and a little luck.
Too bad he had to be the first, cause now there will be about as much a chance at electing another black president as there will be electing a peanut farmer from georgia president.

“Make America Great Again”

Since: Jun 07

Bring Obama Back!

#21 Dec 29, 2011
Robert wrote:
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Too bad he had to be the first, cause now there will be about as much a chance at electing another black president as there will be electing a peanut farmer from georgia president.
That sounds a lot like the racist rhetoric that bigots like you were spewing before Obama won in a landslide in 2008Ö we proved then, and weíll prove again next year that what you think doesnít matter, LOL.
Dances with Wolves

Elkton, MD

#22 Dec 29, 2011
OneRyder wrote:
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I had to jump in and agree, if you're sure his mother has no Black-American blood in her.... but let's assume your are 100% correct....which means NOW his background is known and confirmed by the idiots on the right.
This was not the case by a poster just a few posts above this one. Who states his mother was whoring around so much (as if they know this) that no one knows who his father his.
Isn't it fuuny how the right can confirm his background when they want to...and when they don't they we have birthers and posters like above.
Which is it...we know who is dad is, or we don't.
Can't you folks on the right get your conspiracies straight?
In answer to your question: "Can't you folks on the right get your conspiracies straight?" Perhaps I missed the meeting?....lol

Anyway, I really enjoy genealogy and the search for ones ancestry. Much can be found out about ones family origins in a good internet search where plenty of resources are available, not to mention that site Ancestry.com which makes it rather easy to get started (although I am trying to not sound like a commercial...lol).

There was a show on TV called "Who do you think you are" where celebrities did ancestry searches and the results where fascinating, both happy stories and very touching stories. One that was particularly touching (and on topic) was Spike Lee who found out that a great great great grandmother, who was a slave had a child by her white "master". His emotional response touched me deeply and was filled with rage, sadness and eventually pride in that she became free, raised her child, who then had children and eventually Mr. Lee was born from that history. He did meet with a white cousin, another descendant of the white "master" and both of them were touched by their connection.

Although Michelle is certainly entitled to her privacy, it would be interesting, as it was with Spike Lee, to discover her heritage, her family story. As to the "white" side of their family, I would have to assume that their children might be interested and surprised to learn about both sides of their family. Again, it's a private matter, but a fun and educational way to pass the time.

Since: Sep 07

Maumee, OH

#25 Dec 29, 2011
Le Jimbo wrote:
Gee, for once they will finally know who their daddy was..........All Blacks that want to be Afro-American should get a free ticket back to Africa, after all it is so much better there.
What's even funnier is that we(blacks) have been here longer then your ancestors.

It's called seniority. So your first.

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