DNA Ancestry Tests Raise Questions for Black Americans
Heritage is more than skin deep. Black Americans are increasingly using genealogy services to explore their ethnic identities, while creating a boom of live-streamed YouTube reaction videos to their DNA test results from services like Ancestry.com and 23andMe. Amidst celebration and self-discovery, some complex issues are cropping up, including the use of DNA tests as “proof” of someone’s race and revelations of generations-old sexual assault. But for Black Americans whose ancestors were enslaved, this may be the only way to create a family tree.