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Monday, November 11, 2013

White supremacist learns of his African ancestry

Raw Story - Talk show host delivers DNA test results to white supremacist town founder: 'You have a little black in you'
Raw Story: A white supremacist who’s trying to set up a racist enclave in North Dakota received a shock during the taping of an upcoming daytime talk show.

Craig Cobb submitted to a DNA test as part of an ongoing Race in America series on the syndicated “Trisha Show,” and host Trisha Goddard delivered some surprising test results to the 62-year-old hate crimes fugitive from Canada in an episode that will air Nov. 18.

As her studio audience laughed with delight, Goddard, who is black, told Cobb that test results revealed his genetic ancestry was 86 European and 14 percent sub-Saharan African.
Cobb — predictably — denied accepted science and explained away the result as “statistical noise.” “I’ll tell you this,” he said. “Oil and water don’t mix.” For the record, 14% is way outside the range of statistical noise — Cobb’s oil definitely mixed with someone’s water.

Of course, the idea of racial purity has always been a complete fantasy — especially for people of European ancestry. Centuries of conquest and empire and slavery guarantee plenty of “race mixing.” It is simply inevitable. It’s as ridiculous to assume that your family is decended entirely from people occupying one tiny area on a map as it is to assume that your language is “pure” and without any influence from other languages.

The truth, which nutjobs like Cobb undoubtedly find nightmarish, is that if you’re interested in preventing “race mixing,” you’d better invent a damned time machine and head back to some point in prehistory. It is now far, far too late to do it any other way.

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