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Elegant, historically incorrect portraits. One artist's Rembrant-style portraits of black subjects. CNN
This prompted me to think about "concerns" that the next James Bond might be Idris Elba, and disingenuous complaints that James Bond was "always written to be Scottish" - even though the only Scottish actor to play Bond, of many Bonds, was Sean Connery.
Culture. Race. Ethnicity. None are engraved in stone.
Kind of a disappointment - I hoped that the younger generation was more open. We keep reading that is the case.
Actually, SB, the things that they have publicly identified as being Neanderthal have to do with the immune system, not any visible characteristics. And for me, because I already know I'm Ashkenazi Jewish, it's interesting to find out that in addition to Northern European, which I expected, there was no Eastern European (which people expect Jews to be), and there was Mediterranean and West Asian, which could include places as far-flung as North Africa, Israel (expected) and Iran, Afghanistan or Pakistan. So I'm a Heinz 57, in a way, but in a different way from what people usually expect. So what do I put down as my "race" or ethnic group in the next census? :-)
That test is quite pricy. I'm going to give it a try one day. Seems very interesting. Did anyone see the documentary The Human Family Tree? They DNA tested a large group of New Yorkers. The results are very surprising. See link http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/human-family-tree/
Some people will be more hodge-podge than others, even among people that look European. I got 55% Mediterranean that includes Sardinia, Italy, Greece, the Balkans, the Levant and North Africa. Then there was 21% North European, which is Scandinavian and German. And there is 2.1% Neanderthal. And also 21% West Asian, which includes Western India, as well as the Fertile Crecscent and Arabia. So although I LOOK European, My ancestry is 76% non-European. Which goes to say that genotype is not phenotype!
Currently reading: The History of White People. By Nell Painter.
"Telling perhaps the most important forgotten story in American history, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter guides us through more than two thousand years of Western civilization, illuminating not only the invention of race but also the frequent praise of “whiteness” for economic, scientific, and political ends. A story filled with towering historical figures, The History of White People closes a huge gap in literature that has long focused on the non-white and forcefully reminds us that the concept of “race” is an all-too-human invention whose meaning, importance, and reality have changed as it has been driven by a long and rich history of events."
I sent off a DNA test to the National Geographic "Genographic" DNA project. The results came back
◾ 43% Northern European ◾ 38% Mediterranean
◾ 18% Southwest Asian
In addition, it showed 2.3% Neanderthal
This is probably typical for many of us "Heinz 57" Euro-Americans. I was a bit surprised that it did not break it down into finer ethnic categories, but on reading further, it seems Europe is such a hodge-podge that those are not possible. From Scandinavians / Vikings migrating as far south as Italy, Romans migrating / conquering as far north as Scotland, Celtics from Scotland to Spain, and Huns contributing their part, it almost seems like there is no such thing as localized European ethnicity. Maybe some pockets, such as Basque Spain.
Of course, more far flung places would have more differences from one another - such as, say someone from Ethiopia vs. someone from Easter Island, or Alaska vs. Aboriginal Australian. I don't know what to make of this, except as always, we are all human, with a little spiced up DNA from other hominids to boot.
Yes, that's the photo, Daniel.
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