BLOODLINE: TRACING OUR ANCESTRY CAN BE OF GREAT INTEREST

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“Knowing who you are and where you come from.”


I have been contemplating taking the 23 and Me test that aims at tracing your bloodline back to its original origin. The test has collected hundreds of millions of samples from people around the world. It compares your blood to different people around the globe. And based off the samples collected from all these places, shows matches of where you would come from. A lot of African Americans have taken this test due to the fact that our lineage was whipped out during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Now, you have people who aim at trying to reclaim that aspect of themselves once again. Me included; I have always been curious about my lineage.

About two years ago, I went home for my grandmother’s funeral to find out that our family has a bible with birth dates. And one of those is an ancestor from the 1800’s. He was a slave with the last name Sessa. And if you know anything about that time period, Black people were generally given the names of slave plantations where they belonged. But his name was Italian, which is odd because Italians didn’t play a major role in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. So it has been of interest to me for quite some time. But that is not the only reason it has been of interest. It is also a key to unlock secrets of the past. And a way to look further and further back into the past civilizations of man.

I am intrigued with the past civilizations: the Egyptian, Romans, Chinese, and Ottoman Empires. Imagine being to keep going back and keep going back. I think with the improvements in science, we’ll be able to figure out more about not just cultures, but also the human being as a species. I learned that asteroids carry cells that make possible evolution on Earth. The more we learn about the past, and the advancements of the past, we actually learn a lot about our future as well. I think most intriguing to people have been the Egyptians. The building of the pyramids have been so baffling to scientist over the decades. But for some reason, we can’t possibly believe there were people who understood architecture and mathematics better than us.

And going back in time you understand how it was done by opening up yourself to the new possibilities. It gives you a reason to be proud in the accomplishments of a given culture and the ingenuity of man. Yet so many groups of people have this within their past. In the end, we as humans have so much to understand about our past to move forward into the future. And the more we find out, the more we can better understand ourselves as a whole.


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JUNETEENTH DAY: WHERE ARE WE NOW FROM THEN

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“The descendants of blood, sweat, and tears, still going strong.”


Today marks the 152nd anniversary in which the first Juneteenth Day celebration was held in Galveston, Texas. And for those of you that are unfamiliar with Juneteenth, it is the celebration that marks the freedom of slaves in the United States. And in this time period, so much has taken place in the United States. From leaving slavery and entering Jim Crow south to electing the the United States first Black president into office. There has been a lot of ups and down over the past 150 years, but what has changed? Recently, there was an acquittal of yet another police officer for shooting and unarmed Black male.

But, the question I want to ask for this post is, what further must be done to insure that we are not relegated to the past. Now I know slavery is a jump, but man has a way of repeating history. And it may not even be us, but someone else. Which is why the conversations should always be around because once we forget, it is bound to happen again. I know for a fact I don’t want to wind-up back in subjugation. Now, some may say, that is just ludicrous. We are in a different time period than the past, and another slave trade could not possibly happen. Yes, that is true, I don’t see another slave trade in America, but what about somewhere else?

What about sex slavery? Sex slavery is not only still a big issue, but there has been cases of this in United States. Holding people against their will and making them sell themselves in the form of sex for payment. The person gets no money and the other using them takes everything. Yet even though this is a problem, it is not the biggest concern of Black people or anybody else for that matter in America. So concerning Black people in America, what does our future hold for us? Will things get better in the community or will they worsen?

I have been taking notice to the state of Black America, and I would love to think that the community is getting better. But it’s hard to see because in the now, it doesn’t seem that way. It seems as if the issues are worsening, especially with the slow economics of America. I don’t like being pessimistic, but it’s tough to say. And in the end, that is the reality as it pertains to our future. Because there are so many White men and women struggling themselves, so I know we are having hard times. But hopefully I am just being paranoid, and the future holds something for us. If not, we could see a role back of everything we have fought for in this country.


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