Bob Hutchinson’s mother never enjoyed discussing her ethnicity or family origins. Therefore, Hutchinson never had a great understanding of his family tree and where everyone came from. His mother did not expect DNA testing to become so huge when her son grew up. She was so secretive about her upbringing that Hutchinson expected the test to reveal something terrible.
All Hutchinson’s mother would ever reveal is that her parents had been Italian and Swedish. But the DNA test proved that to be far from the truth. Hutchinson discovered that he was one eighth sub-Saharan African. His mother was a mixed race. He couldn’t understand why it was so important to her to keep that information under wraps.