I’m a 6th generation New Orleanian & a genealogist. My natural-blonde sister & I had always hoped to find something “interesting” in the family tree to explain her incredible tan – as well as some very dark complexions & hair in one of our “purebred German” lines. I got very excited when a distant cousin (another branch of the family) found privateer Pierre Lafitte’s mulatto mistress among her ancestry. Alas, a genealogical analysis of my DNA turned up no African ancestors much closer than “Lucy”! There is only one river, there is only one sea, there is only one race – and it is human.