Ancestry DNA test shocker: ‘Hispanic’ is not my ethnicity (video)

by Lalo Alcaraz on June 22, 2017 in Cultura, Video

Livie was lost. She thought she was “Hispanic,” a meaningless category created by the U.S. government for the census, but after she tested her DNA with Ancestry, she found out she was — wait for it — all mixed up. Mestizo, so to speak.

Well, I got bad news for you, Livie. Olivia, possibly? You look Mexican to me. In fact, you kinda look like my Tia Chayo from Tijuana.

So stop pretending you are an ahistorical “Other-Box” checking European or Middle Eastern or “part Native American”  or ANYTHING BUT MEXICAN.

In fairness, poor Livie could also have Central American or Latin American roots, but I find that people of Mexican descent lead the way in being ashamed of their heritage.

Of course, this is due to a hundred years of anti-Mexican hatred and anti-immigrant xenophobia, and hundreds of years of anti-indigenous propaganda. We all should know that people from Mesoamerica can be highly indigenous or mestizo, which is a mix of European and indigenous background, due to this little thing called the Conquista.

Mexico is just as diverse as the U.S., it also has people with African heritage, Arabic, Chinese, Sephardic Jews, lily-white Europeans, you name it. But that’s part of being Mexican. In my family we have the variety pack of skin tones and features; that’s what history has done to us.

But, please, Tia Chayo, I mean Livie, taking a DNA test is not the cure to conveniently forget who you are.

I got news for Liv, we re-ran her test and it came back 100% pocha. Be proud!



Joy Oria June 22, 2017 at 10:44 AM

It’s interesting she said her nationality was Hispanic. I think of nationalities as American, Mexican, Canadian, and so on, and Hispanic as a generic term for ethnicity. But one possibility you didn’t consider is her family might have such long roots in the U.S. she doesn’t have a cultural or emotional connection to Mexico as a country. Living in Texas I have known several people whose families have lived here for as far back as they know. Texas was once part of Mexico, but it’s been about 180 years; succeeding generations aren’t going to feel attachment to the motherland.

Carlos June 22, 2017 at 12:13 PM

Mexico and its former state of Tejas have not been politically linked since 1836 and there was only a Mexican government in power from 1820 to 1836 a mere 16 years, of course prior to that it was part of Nuevo Espana colonial Spain’s occupation that lasted from 1521 to 1820 give or take a decade. But what’s amazing is that Spanish is still spoken by older generational families and new migrants on a nearly weekly basis.

Lydia June 23, 2017 at 9:10 AM

WOW! The person who wrote this is one ANGRY person! After reading this ignorance, I’m going to another company for the DNA ancestry testing. A little advice for the ANGRY Mexican who wrote this up, GET SOME THERAPY!!!!

Chale Knickerbocker June 23, 2017 at 9:59 AM

You sound nice.

juan June 23, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Certainly nicer than the person trying to dictate what Mexicans refer to themselves as

Noelle June 23, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Well my dad was Mexican from Texas and mom from France I’m proud to be Mexican I did the DNA says I’m 51 % Italian and Greek 15% Native American and 4% west Asian which could be Lebanese Cypress Turkish that general area and says 77% European in all did my mom’s DNA she’s 93 and she has 6% Scandinavian so it’s an eye opener but I embrace it all and when I was a girl and then young woman I heard negative remarks or jokes about my ethnicity and I stood up for myself and others after telling a couple of people my results I got some unsual responses one super negative I don’t understand but I just think of the ancestors I never met and wonder how they came to be thousands of years ago and now here I am 🙂

Cali June 23, 2017 at 6:11 PM

I thought Hispanic was varying ratios of Spanish (Spain), Native American and Black. And she was exactly what I would expect to see in a Hispanic person; mostly that. The only surprise is maybe the Arabic. I am excited for her that she knows exact ratios, but I don’t see anything shocking in her results for a Hispanic person.

I am a black American and expect that when I do mine I’ll be 80-90% African with a bit of European​ white in there. Whatever else would be a surprise.

Fishnma June 24, 2017 at 1:21 AM

You are what you are and that’s what God made regardless of DNA so be proud that you are one of his many contributions to this crazy mixed up world we all came from the same and will all go back to the same dust of the earth

Fishnma June 24, 2017 at 1:27 AM

You are what you are one of God’s many wonderful creations to this crazy world we all came as dust and will all return to dust not one better than the other DNA means nothing just numbers in a wicked world

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