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♪ [music] ♪ Amari: People would
really try and define me, and try and say, “Oh, well, you’re not as in tune with your blackness because
you don’t act like a black person.” Blanca: I didn’t look Mexican. I
didn’t have the ethnic, I guess, markers that people expected Mexicans to have. ♪ [music] ♪ Dr. Foeman: When I started the project,
my thought, as an African American, was that I was interested because so
often, you just don’t have any idea what your history is. The thing that surprised
me was the variety of people and the variety of reasons that people
wanted to get involved in the project. Mona: Like, I’m the type of person
that I would look in the mirror and I’d be like, “Oh my gosh, there’s
straight pieces in my afro.” Devonte: And people would just say, “Oh,
you’re mixed with something.” And I’m like, “I don’t know that for
sure so you shouldn’t assume.” Michael: You know, as a kid, you think
50/50 mom and dad, you know, Italian-Irish and that’s what makes me. It’s not the
case because it goes way beyond that. Yemisi: I feel a better connection to my
own self and I feel more confident in my identity since taking this test. ♪ [music] ♪ Bushra: When I first came to
the U.S.A., I never really looked at, you know, people with color, I just
thought we all were just one until the 9/11 happened. Everyone was looking
at me differently and I was only, like, a little kid at that time. So, it
affected me a lot because I’m, like, “Wow, like, based off my
color, everyone is judging me.” Dr. Lawton: We’re all 99.9% the same
and often, the DNA results show that, that last 0.1% is not as different
as what we thought it was. Mona: Sitting across from you, I’m like,
“There is not that much of a difference between us. My skin’s just a little dark
but we probably have the same DNA.” Kimberly: It feels amazing to know that
I’m a citizen of the world, that I’m basically a one-person United Nations. Amari: We’re connected in that beautiful
string of diversity and just sameness but differentness. Dr. Foeman: I’ve always felt that race was
a silly limit and I hope that I can get many more people to feel that way and I
want to feel proud that I’ve maybe changed the world in a better direction. ♪ [music] ♪

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