Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Oprah is pure

The PBS miniseries, African American Lives, is great TV. Especially if you dislike Oprah Winfrey like I do. The best part of the 4 hour series is when the host, Henry Gates, tells Oprah that based on her DNA she is of nearly 100% African decent (the true number is around 93%, I forget exactly) and she has no European DNA in her. You would think that it couldn’t get any better when the look of triumph pops up on her face. But then when Henry notices this and admits to having 50% European admixture, her embarrassment is priceless. Why do people get so worked up over this purity crap?

In the end the series is great since it explodes the race myth. I encourage you to check it out when they rerun it.



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