The Melungeons blog

Friday, July 31, 2009

Melungeon Secret Solved, Sort Of

Kristen Philipkoski 06.21.02

"Brent Kennedy, author of The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People: An Untold Story of Ethnic Cleansing in America, had previously discovered his genes contained this sequence through a private DNA analysis company.

"I'm amazed and pleased to see that duplicated here," he said.
The study has not been through the peer-review process but Jones hopes to publish by the end of the year.

The Melungeons have suffered discrimination throughout history because their neighbors perceived them to be darker-skinned, and somehow less entitled to good land and to money.

Jones never intended to jump into the middle of a debate on racial and ethnic identity, but, alas, the Melungeons gave him no choice."