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Oh god, I love these kind of stories!

Talk show host delivers DNA test results to white supremacist town founder: ‘You have a little black in you’
Will this information change this wing-nut hater's life? Probably not right away, but this info will be stuck in his head for the rest of his life :)

Craig Cobb submitted to a DNA test as part of an ongoing Race in America series on the syndicated “Trisha Show,” and host Trisha Goddard delivered some surprising test results to the 62-year-old hate crimes fugitive from Canada in an episode that will air Nov. 18.

As her studio audience laughed with delight, Goddard, who is black, told Cobb that test results revealed his genetic ancestry was 86 European and 14 percent sub-Saharan African.

Cobb took in the news with a fixed grin before looking around, as if for assistance, and insisted the results were nothing but “statistical noise.”

As the audience continued roaring its approval, Goddard said: “You have a little black in you.”

But Cobb disagreed.

“I’ll tell you this,” Cobb said. “Oil and water don’t mix.”

Maybe we should all have our DNA tested at birth, you know so we start out knowing No Body is Pure White or Pure Black or Pure anything any more, if they ever were. Seems it might stop some of the Hating at the get go.

Originally posted to roseeriter on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 01:31 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (44+ / 0-)

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    "It's said that the honest man has nothing to hide. Not true. The honest man has to hide himself, because honest men are the prime targets of those who lie."

    by roseeriter on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 01:31:04 AM PST

  •  I did the 23 and Me testing... (14+ / 0-)

    ... pretty cool to find that I had 3.2% Neanderthal DNA in me, and was genetically related to both Steven Colbert(both paternally and maternally) and to Henry Louis Gates Jr(paternally)...

    ... also had some Vulcan genetics(technically I should live long and prosper)... ;)


    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 02:48:50 AM PST

  •  Awful t.v. show but good for her. Besides her (1+ / 0-)
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    Empower Ink

    she was great in Shaun of the dead.

  •  Per "One Drop Blood" Doctrine, He Is Black (10+ / 0-)
    The one-drop rule is a historical colloquial term in the United States for the social classification as Negro of individuals with any African ancestry; meaning any person with "one drop of Negro blood" was considered black. The principle of "invisible blackness" was an example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status.

    One Drop Rule (Wikipedia)

    Who is Black? One Nation's Definition by F. James Davis

    F. James Davis is a retired professor of sociology at Illinois State University. He is the author of numerous books, including Who is Black? One Nation's Definition (1991), from which this excerpt was taken.

    Reprinted with permission of Penn State University Press
    The One-Drop Rule Defined

    To be considered black in the United States not even half of one's ancestry must be African black. But will one-fourth do, or one-eighth, or less? The nation's answer to the question 'Who is black?" has long been that a black is any person with any known African black ancestry. This definition reflects the long experience with slavery and later with Jim Crow segregation. In the South it became known as the "one-drop rule,'' meaning that a single drop of "black blood" makes a person a black. It is also known as the "one black ancestor rule," some courts have called it the "traceable amount rule," and anthropologists call it the "hypo-descent rule," meaning that racially mixed persons are assigned the status of the subordinate group. This definition emerged from the American South to become the nation's definition, generally accepted by whites and blacks. Blacks had no other choice. As we shall see, this American cultural definition of blacks is taken for granted as readily by judges, affirmative action officers, and black protesters as it is by Ku Klux Klansmen.

    Who is Black? One Nation's Definition (NPR Web Sie)

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 04:03:22 AM PST

    •  Good info on 'one-drop' concept, thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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      roseeriter, Ahianne, splashy

      Rhetorical question here, but wouldn't that '14% African-American' result allow researchers/genealogists to determine how may generations back that DNA was introduced, and possibly even locate the ancestor(s) in genealogy records?   I'm assuming that the 'mixing' episode happened on these shores, which leads to the assumption of a female AA ancestor and of a generation that could 'pass'.

      Here's hoping someone takes the initiative to trace this guy's family tree.  Maybe some of the 'other' relatives will decide to move to his town.  (Are you listening, Dr Skip Gates?)

      •  The absurdity of this 'white supremacist's 100% (3+ / 0-)
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        antirove, roseeriter, splashy

        town (that he's trying to establish) is growing on me.    Will he now have to tout it as the '86% white supremacist' town?

        And -- what fun! -- will his followers scorn him?  Accuse him of being a lying, cheating [insert epithet of choice]?  If he has collected money from people for land purchases, will they sue him for fraud?  Fun times.

        Oh, cool!  Just checked TalkingPointsMemo, which has coverage (including video) here --

        And links to follow-up reporting here --

        Cobb said he regrets that he was “guileless” enough to believe that the Ancestry by DNA test would be scientific, and says he'll have up to three other DNA tests for comparison. He said he’s already submitted two samples, but his saliva didn’t produce enough DNA.

        Cobb said he’ll make the results public.


        Bobby Harper, a black man who lives in Leith [the town Cobb is trying to take over], said he thought Cobb’s DNA result was hilarious.

        “I knew there was one other black person in town. Is he going to want to kick his own self out of town and discriminate against himself?” Harper said.


        Cobb said he’d understand if he’s rejected by other white separatists and neo-Nazis because humans should be able to exclude others by choice. He’d also be too black to belong to his own racialist Creativity religion.


        Asked about the implications for Leith, Cobb wondered if he’ll be target of “discrimination against octoroons in Leith.”

        Octoroons are people with one black great-grandparent.

        •  New Word of The Day for me - Octoroon (1+ / 0-)
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          but not quite sure when and how this could be used in polite conversation. Except I might encourage Cobb to make appropriate changes on college admission forms and employment applications and wait to see if discrimination or reverse discrimination is affecting him.

          And what's more confusing is what we'd call someone with that 3.2% Neanderthal blood mentioned by another commenter. Even if we had Neanderthals running around 1,000 years ago how would we still have this 3.2% lingering? Dodecaroons?

          When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

          by antirove on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 10:30:42 AM PST

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  •  I guess his grandma was pretty liberal (3+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, MKSinSA, Empower Ink

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 04:19:38 AM PST

  •  Why doesn't anyone ask these racist pigs (2+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, Empower Ink

    Why we all bleed the same color?  Or why we all look the same on the inside?

  •  good to know (2+ / 0-)
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    roseeriter, MKSinSA

    just how entrenched his rejection is

    suspect too many citizens are similar in their self imposed limitations

    the youth seem to be more open, but maybe that passes now as ever

  •  I was taught that we are all related (8+ / 0-)

    if you go back far enough.
    Of course if you go back REALLY far, we are all related to slime mold, so there's that.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 04:59:58 AM PST

  •  I'm 16% middle eastern (6+ / 0-)

    Which is no surprise at all, having Italian ancestry. And, yeah, we all came from Africa, whether recently, or a long long time ago, so what can you say?

  •  Whoopie Goldberg: (9+ / 0-)
    I've visited Africa, and I've got news for everyone: I'm not an African. The Africans know I'm not an African. I'm an American.
    This should piss him off even worse.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 05:32:54 AM PST

  •  What % black is required to hate? (2+ / 0-)
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    tuesdayschilde, roseeriter

    Interesting.  Now Mr. Cobb knows he is 86% European and 14% African.

    I'm betting he still believes in his inherent superiority over people of color.

    But I'm wondering what percentage of blackness is needed before Mr. Cobb thinks he should hate a person.  Will Mr. Cobb hate people who are 50% black?  25% black?  10% black?

    Given that no one is 100% white or black, does that mean Mr. Cobb hates everybody?

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 06:32:17 AM PST

    •  Mr. Cobb's dilemma is now how to figure out (1+ / 0-)
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      how to segregate the 86% of his cells from the 14% percent.  And when he hears that voice in his head, is it the 86% talking or the 14%?  Will he become a modern Renaissance man, learning to co-join his love for washboard music, yodeling, line dancing, and blues, cool jazz, and rap?  

      Learn to love himself, or be consigned to a fate of self-fear and loathing?

  •  I Saw This Yesterday At The Daily Mail Online (1+ / 0-)
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    Besides the video of Cobb receiving the news (and declining a fist bump from the host of the show, Trisha, a black woman, the article has photographs of Leith, ND and includes comments by the town's only inter-racial couple and the people who are coming to Cobb's home to help defend it.

    Leith looks to be a small, impoverished place where some people don't have anything to do but hate.


  •  And I recall growing up w/ the phrase 'a n....r in (1+ / 0-)
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    ...every woodpile'.  It was just one of those things that sensible people left alone, yet another 'wage' of slavery, the 'stain of tardick'.  It was about more'n you 'n' me, it's about keeping THINGS on an even keel, not your grand-dad or mine.

    After all, if your white blood isn't strong enough to master your own touch o' the tarbrush, then you a pretty sorry individual.  An example will be made, and folks will nod & whisper 'blood will tell', and never think that THEY, but for the winds of fate, could have gone so.

    (sorry about the voice that came out in...kinda creepy, was listening to childhood echoes - feels authentic, wisps of the way folks would talk, so inclined to preserve it?  EXACTLY the sort of talk that convinced me I was growing up surrounded by dangerous lunatics)

    trying to stay alive 'til I reach 65!

    by chmood on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 08:07:58 AM PST

  •  "Leith looks to be a small, impoverished place ... (0+ / 0-)

    where some people don't have anything to do but hate."

    So does America, or wide swaths of it at least.  And as this story once again points out, it is all based on appearance as it works out societally.

    Race has nothing whatsoever to do with biology, nature or genetics, never has.  It is a social and political construct, a fiction leveraged to divide the masses and render them feckless in taking on the power of the aristocracy.

    Review the genesis of the Atlantic slave trade and how that arose in the colonies.  There was an inflection point with Bacon's Rebellion.  From that point on the aristocracy determined to have distinctly different types of bondage for whites versus blacks.

    And the modern day Reich wing Republican vision is little changed.

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