An insurance agent claims he should qualify as a minority business owner, because a DNA test shows he’s 4 percent African — enough, he believes, to make him “a certified black man.”
Ralph Taylor knows on the outside he looks like an average white guy, but he is trying using the results from his AncestryByDNA test to bolster his business in Lynnwood, Washington.
“I’ve always known that I’m multiracial,” the 55-year-old declared to the Washington Post.
The 2010 test showed that he’s 90 percent European, 6 percent indigenous American and 4 percent sub-Saharan African.
“I’m a certified black man. I’m certified black in all 50 states,” he said. “But the federal government doesn’t recognize me.”
Taylor is now in the midst of a legal battle with Washington state and the federal government for ultimately denying him the minority business owner qualification for his Orion Insurance Group. The designation would give him a leg up in nabbing government contracts.
His case — which poses the complex question of how race is defined — is pending before the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals.
Source: NY Post; “Man claims to be a minority business owner after DNA test shows he’s 4% African” by By Lia Eustachewich