‘One drop’

Here’s a new scam: Get a DNA analysis that shows you’re part Native American or North African and claim minority status, when convenient. The New York Times reports:

Alan Moldawer’s adopted twins, Matt and Andrew, had always thought of themselves as white. But when it came time for them to apply to college last year, Mr. Moldawer thought it might be worth investigating the origins of their slightly tan-tinted skin, with a new DNA kit that he had heard could determine an individual’s genetic ancestry.

The results, designating the boys 9 percent Native American and 11 percent northern African, arrived too late for the admissions process. But Mr. Moldawer, a business executive in Silver Spring, Md., says they could be useful in obtaining financial aid.

It’s the old “one drop” of blood rule, writes John Rosenberg on Discriminations.

Expect a sharp rise in self-described American Indians, including blacks seeking tribal status.

Update: Opinion Journal says we’ll all be rainbows.

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  1. I don’t view it as a scam. They’re not doing anything illegal or even underhanded. They’re not faking the results.

    The problem here is not with people who try to determine their genetic ancestry. No, it’s with the laws that make such determinations useful.

  2. If this takes hold, we could reach the point where 98% of the population claims victim status. Is this a great country or what?

  3. Where there’s gold, sooner or later, there are gold miners.