Diversity isn’t just a nice ideal. It isn’t just something to celebrate and strive towards. No, it’s also a genetic certainty– one that is definable and indisputable. Diversity is fact. And I can’t help but think that if more people realized that, there would be less of an us-against-them mentality in the world and more of the good stuff.
If people acknowledged the interconnectedness of our diverse genetic history– our SHARED history– then maybe, just maybe, acceptance and tolerance would be more prevalent.
Diversity is a fact, wonderfully writ upon our own genetic makeup.
But that means little until we acknowledge the truth behind that statement. Until we open up and talk about it, until we fling open the doors presented by our own D.N.A, until we allow our history to bear witness to the rich genetic makeup of who we are as human beings.
So let me start by flinging open my own personal doors.
On the surface, I’m not what most would consider terribly diverse. White. Female. Naturally blonde and blue eyed. But like a book, I don’t wish to be solely judged on my cover. My life and my history tell a much more complex story.
I am adopted. And while a part of me will always feel like something is missing, I am fortunate in that I have information about where I came from. I’ve got a good chunk of Italian genes lurking within me. But that isn’t all. If my math is correct, I could be as much as 25% Italian, 25% Irish, 12% German and 25% Native American.
I didn’t learn any of this until well into adulthood, so one could argue that being adopted (without definable lineage) that I knew nothing. I could be from anywhere. I was nobody, while at the same time I was everyone.
That non-knowledge freed me in a way. I was curious of the big wide world around me. I was open to new ideas and differing religions, cultures. I wanted to be a part of something, and I was. The human race.
In my current life I try to be a decent human first, who’s open to learning more about our collective human experience. I have relatives from Peru now, and because of that I became interested in the history and culture of Peruvian people. The main character in my first book series is bisexual. I’m currently writing a novel that features a Native American main character. I’ve taken college courses on World Religions just for the knowledge, it didn’t count at all towards my degree. I have friends of varying backgrounds, races and sexual orientations.
I don’t care if someone is gay or straight, white, black or purple. If you’re a decent human being, we can be friends. After all, we all have that double-helix inside, cobbled together over more years than we know. We are all radically diverse. We are all human.
With that said, I’m interested to know more about my own personal genetic makeup, so I’ve ordered a D.N.A kit for myself AND I’d like to give one lucky person the chance to find a little bit more about themselves as well.
I’ve set up a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win:
1) An Ancestory DNA kit
2) A $25 Amazon giftcard
3) A $10 Amazon giftcard
So enter to win here today ——> Ancestry DNA & Amazon Giftcard Giveaway
ABOUT ALEX OWENS
Born in the Deep South and raised right over the Mason Dixon line, Alex grew up feeling unsure where she belonged. That is, until she met up with a traveling Freak Show one fine day. Now she celebrates the unusual and appreciates how interesting life can be when you (ahem) open yourself to unique situations.
Residing in coastal Virginia, Alex spends her days wrangling words and children, and on occasion a sassy cat (or three), a bull-headed Labrador, or her old, cantankerous horse. Her husband has figured out that towing the line is easiest in the long run. He’s a smart man.
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