A recent study has introduced the possibility that our third president’s uncle maybe, kinda sorta might have had a strand of DNA that could be connected to Jewish ancestry.
While picking through chromosomes for some final evidence to prove the claim that Thomas Jefferson sired children with his slave Sally Hemings, geneticists at the University of Leicester in England stumbled on an anamalous mark on the family’s Y chromosome that is rare in Europe but common in the Middle East and east African countries like Somalia and Oman, leading some to “hazard a guess” at some hidden Sephardic roots.
This makes for lots of splashy speculation and won’t stop the American Jewish Committee from throwing some kind of “We Had One In The White House All Along, Suckas!” party, but um, I’d like to point out that the Y chromosome is the male half of human DNA. Judaism’s is passed down through the mamas on the X side of the double helix, baby, and it’s just too damn late to change the rules for our convenience. But by connecting his genetic material to Africa, the scientists may have just proved that he was actually black.
And on a nominally related topic, God is black and he can introduce you to Thomas Jefferson. At least in Sarah Silverman’s world.