Monday, 6 November 2006

So you think you're English?

Fascinating article in the Telegraph that reveals we are all mongrels in reality.

"Perhaps the most interesting thing about these tests is that they cut through pretty much all of our notions of nationality and cultural identity (which are, of course, social constructs) to a much greater truth: we are all related to one another."

Such tests, I think, should be made compulsory - certainly for all bigots, racists and other forms of flag-waving nationalists - and, I certainly agree with the conclusion of the article that they could be a powerful tool in the fight against racism. Those too who seek to build walls (physical or psychological) and put up tougher barriers to immigration would do well to remember that:

"... man has been on the move ever since he first evolved in Africa. Migration is not only the norm, it is nature's way of keeping us healthy. The more our genes mix, the better the long-term health of the species - the better we can withstand infectious diseases and the less likely we are to suffer from genetic diseases."

So you think you're English?

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