It's all the rage now; social media is teeming with people sharing the results of their tests, and there are tons of reality shows about celebrities using DNA technology to trace their roots. I'm not a celebrity, but don't I deserve a chance at finding out where I came from? Of course I do!
Once I moved to New York City, I noticed that every brown person seemed to know exactly what kind of brown they are—West Indian, Nigerian, Puerto Rican. The city is covered in the flags of everyone's homelands, and I decided that I wanted a flag, too.
So I decided to try out a couple of tests, see what they tell me, and compare my results. I only expected to find out which African country's flag I should buy, but I learned so much more about the history of race in American and what it means—and doesn't mean—to have "Indian in your family."