So what do genetic ancestry tests prove? That identity is dynamic and political, writes
To be Native American is to be a member of a tribal community and recognized by that community as such. DNA cannot vouchsafe tribal identity or any other community affiliation, writes
Elizabeth Warren released her DNA results. Trump dismissed them and ridiculed her ancestry even more. Here is always sharp Nelson breaking down the politics of genetic ancestry testing.
“The question is not whether her DNA analysis is accurate,” ⁦⁩ writes. “It’s whether it can tell us anything meaningful about identity...DNA markers cannot tell us who we really are because genetic data is technical and identity is social.”
Thank you, , for clearly refuting that Elizabeth Warren's DNA can tell us anything useful about her identity
"To be Native American is to be a member of a tribal community and recognized by that community as such. DNA cannot vouchsafe tribal identity or any other community affiliation." -
SSRC president Alondra Nelson (), author of “The Social Life of DNA”, discusses ’s recent DNA disclosure in a new piece for
Excellent piece by . “These genetic tests cannot confirm social dynamics. Identity is socially, politically and legally determined, even if shaped by genetics.”
The one and only graces our pages with this important reminder that "DNA markers cannot tell us who we really are because genetic data is technical and identity is social"
. explains why a #DNA test can’t determine Sen. Warren’s identity. “In the end, what does Senator Warren’s genetic ancestry test prove? That identity is dynamic and political.”
The Warren news shows us that genetic ancestry testing is an inexact but powerful political instrument, writes
"DNA markers cannot tell us who we really are because genetic data is technical and identity is social." - Dr. Alondra Nelson
Insightful, important piece by Elizabeth Warren and the Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests
. breaks it down for you // Elizabeth Warren and the Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests
Good job, Nelson! This needed to be said. A political and a moral error, to be goaded into the test.
To be Native American is to be a member of a tribal community and recognized by that community as such. DNA cannot vouchsafe tribal identity or any other community affiliation.
"With this incident we’re faced with a kind of catch-22: Genetic ancestry testing is demanded as proof and then denied as proof."
"The truth is that sets of DNA markers cannot tell us who we really are because genetic data is technical and identity is social." Opinion | Elizabeth Warren and the Folly of Genetic Ancestry Tests