First Lady Michelle Obama’s Roots
Recently I was interviewed by Joe Johns about First Lady Michelle Obama’s roots. CNN was researching her ancestry as part of their coverage of the Obama’s trip to Ghana.
Having identified the genealogy of her paternal great great grandfather to a plantation in South Carolina, he wanted me to guess at where her enslaved ancestors may have been taken from. We don’t guess. (Maybe that’s why I didn’t make the final edit!) We use genetic technology to provide a definitive answer. We’ve done it for everyone (Oprah, Henry Gates, Judge Hatchett, Forest Whitaker, the list goes on) and we want to do it for her!
I would be honored to trace the Michelle Obama’s roots. Although her father has passed, we can determine the origin of the Robinson roots using her brother’s Y chromosome. This would bridge the gap between South Carolina and where her ancestors were before the Slave Trade. We can also tell her the origin of her maternal roots using her mtDNA.
We’ve all seen how her choices have influenced where we shop, what we wear, and even to some extent what we eat. Imagine the impact that her decision to know her roots would have on our community. Millions of Americans would have a transformative view of themselves, their pasts, and their futures. What a tremendous gift.