Sandra Starks McCollum and Harold E. Doley, Jr., The Hill, August 17, 2016
According to recent reports, an estimated 12 percent of European Americans in Louisiana have at least 1 percent African ancestry in their DNA. In the Southern States of this country, by most standards, this makes them African American. Viewed from another perspective, 328,186 people in Louisiana, who self-identified as white on the last census, are actually black. On a larger scale, 6 million people who consider themselves white in the United States of America, carry African DNA. This makes it almost impossible for David Duke and other separatists to accurately assess eligibility of their desired membership. As more people join the throng of those seeking to know and understand their genetic background, Duke’s challenge will become more daunting.
Modern social scientists conclude that race is merely a sociopolitical construct. If we examine race scientifically, all humans are from Africa. In other words, if you are human, the source of your humanness is African. Mitochondrial Eve, the mother of all humans, lived in Africa 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. Is Duke’s fatal flaw his rejection of his humanness? Within the recent past, geneticists have concluded that blonde and red hair, light eyes and freckles are Neanderthal traits. All persons of European ancestry share Neanderthal DNA. When Homo sapiens sapiens, known as anatomically modern humans arrived in Europe from Africa about 50,000 years ago, they mixed with Neanderthals.
We challenge Duke to take a scientific and monitored DNA test to prove to the world that he is conclusively 100% Neanderthal. Otherwise, if he is human, he is African like the rest of the world.
Quite simply, if Duke would accept this dare and go to a state-approved and licensed laboratory for a saliva swab, which can be forwarded by the lab to a credible DNA company such as Ancestry.com, his results would prove to the world his recent DNA ethnicities.