DNA matches with descendants of enslaved African Americans. #usa #general

Brad Fanta

Has anyone with antebellum Southern Jewish ancestry encountered DNA matches with descendants of enslaved African Americans?  I have, and I suspect I am not alone. 


The fact that these matches occur in both lines of my family who had been slave holders (never more than 2 or 3 enslaved people at a time) is sobering and brings the brutality of this institution into greater light. My Southern Jewish ancestors were no different than others at that time:  they immigrated to the US in the 1840/50s and found access to economic and social freedom unknown to them in Europe. They were merchants and some held enslaved African Americans, a mark of middle class establishment at the time. Many of these men and their descendants became pillars of society. Only because of recent events has the Southern Jewish Historical Society finally decided to focus on systematic racism and how southern Jews fit into the larger racial landscape. However, the hagiography of southern Jewish lives, coupled with the Lost Cause narratives  and Southern Pride, continues to buttress a wall of silence around this issue and obscure the evidence that southern Jews were also perpetrators of the worst violence agains African Americans. At the very least, I would like to break this silence.  


Just knowing who is out there with similar discoveries will be helpful.  


Brad Fanta

Austin, Texas


Slave-holding ancestors:

LOUPE (originally LAUPHEIMER) in Dover and Yell counties, Arkansas

HAAS in St. Landry and Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana 

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