Speaking Of Race – Government Funded Family Tree Research

Some delegates want the NEA to support “legislation providing funding of DNA testing for African-Americans so they can trace their ancestry and their country of origin.”

I want some input on this. While DNA testing may be important to some individuals, is it a proper role for government to play? What are your thoughts?

The union rational says, “Researching one’s family tree is worthwhile and at times medically necessary. Most African-Americans cannot trace their ancestry to their country of origin. DNA testing would allow them to make that identification.”

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