Monday, May 17, 2021

DNA Tests Prove Johnny Cash's First Wife Was Black


The late country music icon Johnny Cash's daughter, Rosanne Cash, stunned after DNA test reveals her mother, Vivian Liberto, was Black...

Johnny Cash's first wife was black and her great-great grandmother a slave, it has emerged - shocking the Cash family, and providing a dramatic posthumous twist to her remarkable story.
Vivian Liberto died in 2005 at the age of 71, believing she was of mixed Italian and German ancestry.
The daughter of a father of Sicilian heritage and a mother of German and Irish descent, she was married to Cash from 1954-66.
In 1965, when Cash was arrested on drug offenses, Liberto appeared in court in El Paso to support him and a photograph seemed to show her as black - enraging white supremacists at the time.
Mixed-race marriages were illegal until 1967, and it would be considered anathema, particularly in the South, for years to come.
Cash and Liberto sued newspapers who referred to her as black, and produced evidence of her white upbringing and education.
Yet modern techniques have finally confirmed that Liberto was indeed African American, and her great-great grandmother was born a slave.
In a February episode of the PBS show, Finding Your Roots, host and historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. presented Rosanne Cash with her DNA results and family genealogy.
Rosanne Cash, 65, the eldest of four daughters born to Johnny and Vivian, was left shocked by the results.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good...shock the hell out of all of them nasty prejudice Honkys.

Anonymous said...

And (?) Who cares (?)

NiyabinghiWerewolfObeahWoman said...

Don't nobody care about this, bish was passing as white and dissed her nubian heritage.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how she passed on the picture posted she clearly looks black

Anonymous said...

God rest Vivian's soul, she suffered at the hands of whites and blacks, but mainly racist whites. Being mixed was way harder than being black back then because both sides were hateful as hell. Basically, Johnny abandoned her for that funny looking, non singing, flat booty, adulteress, who pill popped. Smh Johnny couldn't handle the racism he and his 1st wife experienced and so he dipped. Dumb white man. He left a really good wife and mother of his kids for a bumpkin who he fought with all the time. Johnny's son with June said all his parents did in their marriage was feed their addictions, his drugs and alcohol and her pills. He would have done better had he stayed with Vivian. You know he gave the white woman's son the most money in the Will and his quadroon children basically nothing. Johnny isn't spit in my eyes.

Anonymous said...

I googled her and she looks high yella Louisiana creole in every pic I saw. Hell my great grandfather looked more caveman than her and he was identified as colored throughout his life. Vivian bye with all that bushit!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Johnny was weak and caved in to racism and supremacy and abandoned his wife and married the whitest of women for his career because whites hated mixed people even more than blacks, especially in country music. They felt mixed people would end their race because mix goes back to black in most cases.

Anonymous said...

Vivian is deceased people.

Anonymous said...

So she looked in the mirror everyday and saw an Italian & German woman? Ain't no way chile. She knew she was black.

Yes, I'm That Leah said...

How can a person be black and not know they are black? As black as she looked, her black parent had to look blacker... I want to see this episode! I want to see the look on her daughters face. Denial is a powerful thing. Please daughter, explain how you thought your mom was telling the truth. Didn't you have contact with your mothers family- to see clearly that they were black- and know that your mom was lying? Or, did your mother hide her family and destroy all photographs?

Why didn't anyone in Vivian's family speak out?

Serves her right. She probably hates blacks and got outed on national television.

Yes, I'm That Leah said...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9588299/Johnny-Cashs-wife-black-great-grandmother-freed-slave.html

I want to see the whole episode, though.

Anonymous said...

I honestly think they knew. I just saw her pictures and ain't no way in Hell that lady not know she was colored. No way. She is darker with stronger negroid features than my momma's family and they claimed nothing but Black.

Kupcakeshay said...

She was trying to pass for white-it's what they did back then....

Anonymous said...

"Passing" was a big and heavy thing back in the day but one thing is for certain, anyone's grandmother could take one look at someone and declare, they got some black in they ass. Steve Tyler - We knew! Carol Channing - We knew! Johnny Cash's first wife - everybody knew, no matter how hard she denied it. And the list goes on & on.

Anonymous said...

Stevie can see she's black! I got cousins that look like her.

Anonymous said...

THIS IS A WHOLE LOT TO DO WITH NOTHING!

*92.3% European
*3.8% Western Asian
*3.3% Sub-Saharan African
*0.6% Unassigned

I'm just here so I dont get fined said...

Paris Jackson gonna be in for a rude awakening when she gets her results lol

Anonymous said...

@5:19 your ancestors.com results ain't nothing, dear

T said...

Who cares, she is deceased now. Hopefully she lived well.

Anonymous said...

So she had a drop of black in her and everyone is calling her a black woman smh

Anonymous said...

Exactly. She had black ancestry, she was NOT black. Ain't no one drop bull shit over here.
We don't even know which side that 0.0003% drop came from, her mother or her father's side.
Rolling my fucking eyes.

R in NYC said...

Born and raised around San Antonio, Texas, Liberto was the daughter of Irene (Robinson) and Thomas Peter Liberto. Her paternal grandparents were from Cefalù, Palermo, Sicily. Her mother was German and Irish.[1] Genealogists from the show Finding Your Roots discovered that one of her maternal great-great-grandmothers, Sarah A. Shields, was a mixed-race woman born into slavery, who was freed along with her eight siblings by their white father.[2]

Vivian met Cash at a roller-skating rink in 1951 when he was based at Brooks Air Force Base. [3][4] The couple courted for three weeks before the Air Force deployed Cash to West Germany for a three-year tour. During the separation, the couple exchanged thousands of letters that would eventually form the basis for Liberto’s book I Walked the Line, which was published in 2007.[5]

On August 7, 1954, Liberto and Cash were married at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in San Antonio, one month after his discharge from the Air Force. Together they had four daughters: Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara.[6] The couple divorced in 1966 after twelve years of marriage. In 1968 Liberto married Dick Distin, a police officer in Ventura, California, to whom she remained married until her death on May 24, 2005, following complications from lung cancer surgery.

Anonymous said...

I spent alot of time in Ventura county she live in a small town there call Ojai this is a very old area populated by the wealthy miscellaneous actors musciains and hollywood types who live in this community unnoticed it at one time was the home of the biggest population of skin heads and white power soldiers in the country second only to some place in Pennsylvania the Ventura county Sheriff did root out the most active and violent of the problem people who wee a continued sorce of problem in Ojai and Ventura this area is also a home to a lot of meth cooks who work on behalf of local Hells Angels and Carnales Nomads Biker Gangs her daugthers were celebrated and fawned over for thier famous father but the common saying about thier Mother was "She just looks that way" or "She has a very interseting look about her" she did keep a very low profile according to some people because of her appearance some even say it was obvious and that Cash himself knew but didnt care because that was the type of person he was a born rebel through and through his life was full of example of this he was always doing what he wanted and his attitude was screw the world if they dont like it according to some he was forced to refute the reports that called her black back in the day by handlers in charge of his career his audience was exclusively poor blue collar white people the picture in this article leaves very little to question about her having some African ancestory

Unknown said...

Ok I'm trying to wrap my mind around this -
Her (maternal) great great grandmother (which would be her grandmother's grandmother) was MIXED RACE - not "fully" black, but MIXED - which means the fully black parent would be over 5 generations removed), and that's assuming the great great grandmother didn't "pass" while marrying or having yt babies. So, that's not surprising that Cash's ex or even the kids would deny or be shocked by the results. In the top photo she looks more asian or native American than black. But the way that poor yts are, any drop of non-yt blood may as way be a nigga smdh

Anonymous said...

Back then she passed the brown paper bag test. Bloop

GA Peach said...

For all the people trying to make her be white. Google her picture. You can't deny she's Black.

Charity Myles said...

Anonymous said...
I don't know how she passed on the picture posted she clearly looks black

2:48 PM
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They were just that stupid that they couldn't tell. Lololol

Anonymous said...

she doesnt look Black to me. She looks kinda Asian in that photo.

Anonymous said...

She looks odd 8n some of the photos. When she got older and away from him she looks beautiful. I would say she looks Philipino and or Black mixed with acfew other things. None of he children look Caucasian in the old photos at the very minimum they look Portuguese. I don’t care what she is or if she "passed" or not. That's her choice and her business but Mr Cash knew good and God damjed well shexwasvfar from axWhite woman. Those military men love exotics.

Unknown said...

She was mixed why the fuck they calling her black Lmao 🤦🏾‍♀️ They putting this out like she was full negro

Alma's Daughter said...

Heh. Love this. Bet racists are looking at each other sideways. The Aryan Nation membership would dwindle if they had to pass a DNA test.

Susie said...

6:14, 6:11 Thank god for common sense. It seems to me that Americans claim anyone with even a passing resemblance to a black 'gene' as fully black. Defeated.

Anonymous said...

The stupidity of some posters. The DNA test was performed on the daughter. If the daughter tested at 3%, the mother's test would've been higher...somewhere between 6-10%.

Felicia said...

It was well known that his first wife was Black!!

So them being shocked is bullshit!!

DaisyDooks said...

There is 'black' defined by PRIME BASE genetics of coily-haired ethnic nationals called AUTOCHTHONS or ORIGINAL PEOPLE. And then, there is 'black' defined by recessive genetic derivatives and hybrids from Asia called Caucasoids via their 1 Drop Rule.

I don't see any distinct gene traits of Black origins in the image of Vivian Liberto. She may be mixed race, but she ain't Black.

Furthermore, I had the image of ROSALIND CASH in my head while reading the name, ROSEANNE CASH, until I googled her pic. Rosanne Cash is a Caucasian woman. Rosalind Cash has visible Black genetic traits as a mixed woman.

If Rosanne Cash has an enslaved African maternal ancestor, she should be grateful her Caucasoid Neanderthal Ape-blood lineage was genetically upgraded.

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