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Old 08-06-2009, 10:24 PM   #79
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Originally Posted by love yourself first View Post
Originally Posted by turtles View Post
okay how come white people don't get the white polish the white german the white italian, white american? you know what i mean??
I'm not exactly sure, no. But I have known white people who strongly identify with a european heritage, so will proudly call themselves "irish", "italian" or "british" for example. If you are asking if there is a presumption that people from Europe are racially white, then, yes, there is that presumption. The opposite presumption is true of africans - if you learn someone is "south african" for example, would you automatically think they were of dutch or european africaanz descent? or would you think they were black? I think it does boil down to numeric majorities/minorities. It makes less sense in the US with all the diversity, especially as the population grows more and more non-white and also mixed.

But there are always exceptions. For example, the delicious Marcus Samuelson - swedish and raised by swedes but racially ethiopian.

I don't get what your saying, but what I'm saying is okay you've met people who are white and will be like I'm Polish-american...BUT most white people i know just go by straight up white or Caucasian. Yet black people have to be like african american. When you fill out that crap on papers you don't see irish-american scottish-american german-american yada yada.

If two white people came from africa and got citzenship would they be african american?
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