Blog Contest: How Does Knowing Your Roots Shape Your Identity? (Week 1)
This contest has ended. Winner announced below! Thanks to everyone who participated.
Each year, February is a big month for African Ancestry. We are fortunate to have opportunities to share the African Ancestry Experience, meet new people, and engage in conversations across the country. This year, we thought a contest would be a good way to reach even more people and hear your perspective on finding your roots. We will pose a question each week and reward the most thoughtful and insightful response with a free MatriClan or PatriClan Test Kit.
Our sense of identity starts to form very early in our lives. One of the first ways that we view ourselves is within the context of our family. We enter the world with many identities: our mother’s firstborn, grandmama’s baby, little sister or little brother. Throughout our lives our identity grows and evolves.
This week we’d like to know: HOW DOES KNOWING YOUR ROOTS SHAPE YOUR IDENTITY?
Post your response in the comments section of our blog between February 1st through 7th and you’ll have the chance to win a free African Ancestry Test Kit!
The winner will be announced on February 12th and will be chosen by President, Gina Paige and Scientific Director, Dr. Rick Kittles! See full contest rules here.
UPDATE 02/08/10: This contest is correctly closed. But enter our Week 2 contest to try and win a free test kit.
The posts submitted for our first contest question: How does knowing your identity shape your roots?, were simply amazing. We are humbled and encouraged by the number of people who chose to share their feelings on the topic. The perspectives on identity were so diverse, engaging, and powerful that we had a very difficult time making a decision on one compelling response. This week’s winner is Darnell Taylor, a young man with admirable insight and passion. Congratulations Darnell!
Read Darnell’s Response:
Knowing my roots will help shape my identity by giving me something to take pride in. Most of us black youths don’t really care about our life, we don’t hold it in high value. I know this because I use to be like this, a lot of my friends are still like this. We have no clue of who we are. Everything we know about ourselves is a lie and it has been taught to us in school by Europeans and none of it is positive. So why would we care about ourselves when we’ve been taught to believe that we come from a weak people who were slaves that came from a “heathen” continent. How are we suppose to not believe what the European teaches us about ourselves when every Sunday we go worship a man that looks just like him.
The elders have no clue what the youth is going through and this is exactly why we act the way we act, because our souls and spirits have been bared for exposure without any protection. Our elders no longer share their wisdom with us, they look at us like we are heathens who don’t know Jesus. So if I find out my roots it will not only shape my identity but my friends around me who actually believe that we come from an embarrassing background. If our elders won’t help us then we have to gain the knowledge and wisdom and help ourselves.
This is what’s needed I know because when I share the information about ancient Africa and the beauty of present day Africa with my friends I see how their souls glow, I see the decoding of slavery and oppression begin to dismantle, and instead of them going out and getting back in some trouble with the police they come over my house and ask for me to share more information and their parents have no clue that they are gaining this kind of information because they don’t care they rather believe that they are up to no good. This is what the youth NEED!
To everyone else, thank you for your responses. There are still more chances to win a FREE TEST KIT. Answer our Week 2 question to enter for a chance to win. Our Week 3 question will be posted on 2/15. Plus, you can also sign up for our mailing list in February and be entered for a chance to win a FREE TEST KIT.