An Opinion: The Browning of America

Written in Collaboration Between

Sandra Starks McCollum and Harold E. Doley, Jr.,

Guest Columnists

NEW ORLEANS (8/13/16) - It is estimated that about 12 % of European Americans in Louisiana have at least 1% African ancestry in their DNA. In the Southern States of this country, by most standards, this makes them African American. Viewed from another perspective, 328,186 people in Louisiana, who self-identified as white on the last census, are actually Black. On a larger scale, 6 million people who consider themselves white in the United States of America, carry African DNA. While this genetic diversity strengthens the immune system of those fortunate enough to share African DNA, it makes it almost impossible for David Duke and other separatists to accurately assess eligibility of their desired membership. As more people join the throng of those seeking to know and understand their genetic background, David Duke's challenge will become more daunting.

Modern social scientists conclude that race is merely a sociopolitical construct. If we examine race scientifically, all humans are from Africa. In other words, if you are human, the source of your humanness is African. Mitochondrial Eve, the mother of all humans, lived in Africa 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. Is David Duke's fatal flaw his rejection of his humanness? Within the recent past, geneticists have concluded that blonde and red hair, light eyes and freckles are Neanderthal traits. All persons of European ancestry share Neanderthal DNA. When Homo sapiens, known as anatomically modern humans arrived in Europe from Africa about 50,000 years ago, they mixed with Neanderthals.
Many historical Europeans that the world views as white share African DNA from the recent past. Queen Charlotte, the wife of England's King George the III, and an ancestor of Queen Elizabeth II and her grandchildren and great grandchildren hailed from African ancestry.

Beethoven, Alexander Pushkin, Carol Channing and many other historical and modern persons descended from African ancestors.
America has become a land of blended families and multi-ethnic mixtures. More wholesome, informed and scientific viewpoints on religion, government, ecology, global warming, and scientific findings about DNA are readily available. Not being informed is a travesty.


On another note, most of us who consider ourselves Christian find it laughable that David Duke refers to his doctrine of hate and separatism as Christian family values. A basic tenet of Christianity is to love thy neighbor as thyself. As further study into DNA is revealed, we may all come to understand scientifically that all men are truly brothers.


The Mormons of Utah, and who may very well be some of David Duke's forebears from Beaver County, Utah, kept impeccable genealogy records. There must be some evidence of his humanness. The past is never dead. It is hidden in our entire autosomal DNA. DNA Scientific laboratories can test for genetic ethnicity estimates made within the last 200 to 300 years. We challenge David Duke to take a scientific and monitored DNA test to prove to the world that he is conclusively 100% Neanderthal. Otherwise, if he is human, he is African like the rest of the world.


Quite simply, if Mr. Duke would accept this dare and go to a State approved and licensed laboratory for a saliva swab, which can be forwarded by the lab to a credible DNA company such as Ancestry.com, and 23 and Me, his results would prove to the world his recent DNA ethnicities.


As the Browning of America escalates, we who are the real Americans who built this country and love freedom and Democracy advocate, "OPEN THE GATES AND TEAR DOWN THE WALLS!" This is our country! We will be happy to find another place for separatist David Duke and his followers where they can have their own cities and towns and neighborhoods and school as he stated in his 1998 autobiography, "We shall work for the separate homeland for African Americans, so each race will be free to pursue its own destiny without racial conflicts and ill will." We, the Black and Brown people are here to stay! We love the ethnic diversity of our country. If you are unhappy with this reality, Mr. Duke, "YOU MAY LEAVE!"

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Sandra McCollum is a part of the Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Diaspora. She currently lives in Chicago, Ill but New Orleans will always be her home. She may be reached via email at sandraannmccollum@yahoo.com

Ambassador Harold E. Doley, Jr is the founder of Doley Securities, LLC, the oldest African American owned investment banking firm in the nation. Doley is the only African American to have owned a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Harold Doley was born to Harold, Sr., a grocer and Kathryn Doley in New Orleans, LA. The Doley family has lived in Louisiana since 1720 and had been free people before the Civil War.