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Links 1 through 6 of 6 by Latoya Peterson tagged geneology

"Some may wonder whether heritage and ethnicity really matter anymore in a society that fancies itself postracial, but Mr. Gates has his recent 'beer summit' experience as evidence to the contrary. It was while returning from a trip to China last summer to research Mr. Ma’s ancestry that Mr. Gates was handcuffed after breaking into his own house in Cambridge, Mass. (The arresting officer said Mr. Gates had been uncooperative and said he would speak to “your mama.” That sounded like a slur but could also have been name-dropping, though Mr. Gates later told the New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd that he hadn’t mentioned Yo-Yo Ma in the altercation.)

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"The Washington Post launched a new online magazine with news and views geared toward African Americans called The Root. With Henry Louis Gates of Harvard (and African American Lives) at the helm, there’s a heavy emphasis on genealogy"

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"A spokesman for Mr Obama made the wry observation that "every family has a black sheep".

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What's up with all these genealogists?? "Documents unearthed by an Irish vicar show ancestors of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama may have arrived in the United States from a tiny village in central Ireland as early as the 1790s."

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Thx Kyla! "he also stood out because he was a white man greeted by a roomful of black New Yorkers embracing him as a long-lost member of their family...“Meet your DNA cousins,” Ms. Higginsen yelled to her relatives."

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Thanks teachergirl! "Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas...It appears that forebears of his white mother owned slaves, according to genealogical research and census record

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