I grew up in the homeland of my ancestors, right? I cannot wrap my mind around what it would be like to be anybody else, whether to be a descendant of an immigrant or an immigrant or a descendant of an enslaved person. So I'm sure that it must be fascinating, and it might be healing. I can imagine that. What I would caution against is being such an American that one is de-animating or making less alive or less mobile the very peoples that you might want to connect with. And I think Americans of all colors are doing that. You know, when they're looking back to these other countries and making claims to belong to a people or identify with a people that they don't even know and haven't claimed them, those people have a right to claim you or not. And it may be hurtful, and it may be something you feel was stolen from you, but you alone don't get to make that decision. That is such an imperialistic attitude, and I think that's problematic.
Now that said, yeah, I can understand that finding out where your ancestors came from in some other part of the world might be healing. And I don't think that that's necessarily a bad thing to do, but from my vantage point as an indigenous person, I see a whole lot of American-U.S. imperialism going on in the way people are taking these DNA tests and running around the world making claims to an identity and a people that they don't even know.
Conclusion: "This is something you need, you know this isn't a novelty. This isn't just nice to know. This is a need to know, and now you're going to share. You just said, you have to share it."
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