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My friend's dad asked me "Are you half black?" the first time I met him. I'm almost completely Canadian (a bit British, but that's very far back). Literally I'm as white as they come. I had a good laugh over it and had to break it to him that I wasn't. People always say to me that they never see such curly hair on such fair skin, but that's just my experience.
I get that question all the time or i get "what are you mixed with" "what's your nationality". It's really no big deal to me......I just say I'm mixed with my mom and dad and they giggle.

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I get that question all the time or i get "what are you mixed with" "what's your nationality". It's really no big deal to me......I just say I'm mixed with my mom and dad and they giggle.

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Originally Posted by kurlygurly
I like that one! I'mma give it to my church 2nite if you don't mind.


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I get that question all the time or i get "what are you mixed with" "what's your nationality". It's really no big deal to me......I just say I'm mixed with my mom and dad and they giggle.

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Originally Posted by kurlygurly
I like that one! I'mma give it to my church 2nite if you don't mind.


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Originally Posted by MissKris
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People are so ignorant, they don't even know that Africans have wavy, curly & kinky hair. I'm black and don't have light skin but because of my hair, I've had people ask me if I am or are my parents are mixed. LOL...I'm just a black person with curly hair like both my parents. I haven't researched my racial history and really don't care. And the funny thing is that it's always black people that are questioning me.
Originally Posted by twirlygranny
I don't know if you'll see this, but I have had a black person say that anyone who was black and had curly hair was automatically mixed, because a true black person does not have curly hair.
The one question I generally get asked is if I'm Jewish. I've also had people ask me if was Greek or Gypsy and one person actually assumed I was partially black because of my hair. (They've never seen some of the Irish people, I bet.) The Jewish part, however, was because of my nose, not my hair. Normally the people who ask me are Jewish people or Arabic.

What most people don't realize, is that my nose is actually typical of an American Indian, which I am partially. I'm also Irish, Chinese and East Indian. (The last two was a surprise, but then, when you know the history of the American Indians, maybe not so much.) The funny thing is that people who are white, with the exception of the one who thought I was part black, assume I'm completely white, and are shocked when they find out I'm not. Some still don't want to accept it.
People are so ignorant, they don't even know that Africans have wavy, curly & kinky hair. I'm black and don't have light skin but because of my hair, I've had people ask me if I am or are my parents are mixed. LOL...I'm just a black person with curly hair like both my parents. I haven't researched my racial history and really don't care. And the funny thing is that it's always black people that are questioning me.
Originally Posted by twirlygranny
I don't know if you'll see this, but I have had a black person say that anyone who was black and had curly hair was automatically mixed, because a true black person does not have curly hair.
Originally Posted by spiralschic
A person said that for real?!?!? What nonsense!! I mean, sure ancestory can explain a trait, but black is black regardless of curl pattern. My friend is waaaaaayyyyy darker than I am. And I've seen the rest of her family so I know where she comes from.....her curl is a lil looser and much more defined than mine. But you can't tell me that I'm truly black and she is not.

That comment displays true "igggnance." So much so that I had to mispell the word.


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I always get asked if I'm black and korean or asian lol even moreso since I've gone natural. The things people say really surprise me sometimes. I was at the grocery store and this lady goes... hey are you black and korean because you look just like some of my family and I'm like sorry but no I'm not mixed and she goes are you sure? because I think you are, maybe you should talk to your parents to make sure. Luckily I'm not easily offended so I just was like...wow people are a trip. Then I've had peeps tell me that my hair was too pretty to not be mixed. you can tell they don't get out much smh.

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People are too rude for their own good. Just say, "Yes, I'm mixed with sugar, spice, and everything nice." That'll leave them speechless.

A question like that doesn't need a serious reply.
I always get asked if I'm black and korean or asian lol even moreso since I've gone natural. The things people say really surprise me sometimes. I was at the grocery store and this lady goes... hey are you black and korean because you look just like some of my family and I'm like sorry but no I'm not mixed and she goes are you sure? because I think you are, maybe you should talk to your parents to make sure. Luckily I'm not easily offended so I just was like...wow people are a trip. Then I've had peeps tell me that my hair was too pretty to not be mixed. you can tell they don't get out much smh.
Originally Posted by fefe912
Those are truly stupid statements....sorry you've even had to hear such ignorance.

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I don't know why anyone would get angry over that question....?
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I know a lot of black people with curly hair and people ask all the time if their mixed and it offends them. I guess it's a race thing like "oh you trying to say my hair to good for me to be black" but it doesn't bother me and I get mistaken for a puerto rican and I'm mixed.
I'm not usually offended it just gets annoying to explain that both my parents&grandparents are black.I don't like to get into how my great great grandparents+ were biracial or whatever,because I don't really count that.
If the person that asks me is mixed/bircial then I can understand that they see someone they can relate to.But what I don't like it a total stranger asking me what/who I am its just not a great opener.
I'm usually not asked this. But a year or so ago, a person came up to me- I didn't even know him- and asked if I was mixed...He obviously was. I'm not, I have dark brown 3A hair and green eyes. I'm German and a little Native American (My grandma's grandpa). I get really tan during the summer, which is why he asked. But I get white as snow in the winter. Think people.


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I'm usually not asked this. But a year or so ago, a person came up to me- I didn't even know him- and asked if I was mixed...He obviously was. I'm not, I have dark brown 3A hair and green eyes. I'm German and a little Native American (My grandma's grandpa). I get really tan during the summer, which is why he asked. But I get white as snow in the winter. Think people.


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Originally Posted by Theatre_Curls
Hmmmm.....you ARE mixed....you just wrote you're German and Native American. Having darker curly hair and green eyes isn't what a lot of people think of as typically pure white. IJS.



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I don't know why anyone would get angry over that question....?
Originally Posted by AnnieRose
I'm also sincerely interested in why the "What are you?" question is felt to be so offensive ... aside from a situation where the person asking seems to have nefarious intentions, like: to know if you're of a certain ethnicity they'd rather avoid, or for them to know what racist things they can/cannot say in front of you. Or maybe some think it's "too personal". But idk, I mean "What do you do for a living?" doesn't seem to get people hot, usually. And I consider that somewhat personal too (not that I mind being asked).

There probably are reasons for feeling offended that I just haven't considered, as I'm just one person with one set of experiences. Personally, I just figure there's nothing wrong with someone expressing some curiosity about me, and in a way, it's flattering because there's something they find interesting about me. Plus I figure they have the right to ask me whatever they want and I have the right to answer, or not.
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I'm usually not asked this. But a year or so ago, a person came up to me- I didn't even know him- and asked if I was mixed...He obviously was. I'm not, I have dark brown 3A hair and green eyes. I'm German and a little Native American (My grandma's grandpa). I get really tan during the summer, which is why he asked. But I get white as snow in the winter. Think people.


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Originally Posted by Theatre_Curls
Hmmmm.....you ARE mixed....you just wrote you're German and Native American. Having darker curly hair and green eyes isn't what a lot of people think of as typically pure white. IJS.



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Originally Posted by kurlygurly
Lol I'm white and Native American (MIXED), and I constantly get asked what am I? Nowadays, the question is usually asked more tactfully, but believe me, growing up in Baltimore no one had ever seen a Native person so...
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My basic mix is: French, Irish (father's side) & Welsh, Swedish (mother's side), but some of my ancestors were on American soil for over 200 years, so who knows for sure? One day I will have to study my genealogy better.

Over the years, I have often wanted to ask someone their ethnicities, most often because they were so strikingly beautiful that I was just burning with curiosity to know what genetic dice throw made the result. Usually, I have been too shy to ask, but remember this if an older lady ever gets the courage to ask you this and try to be kind.
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I don't know why anyone would get angry over that question....?
Originally Posted by AnnieRose
I'm also sincerely interested in why the "What are you?" question is felt to be so offensive ... aside from a situation where the person asking seems to have nefarious intentions, like: to know if you're of a certain ethnicity they'd rather avoid, or for them to know what racist things they can/cannot say in front of you. Or maybe some think it's "too personal". But idk, I mean "What do you do for a living?" doesn't seem to get people hot, usually. And I consider that somewhat personal too (not that I mind being asked).

There probably are reasons for feeling offended that I just haven't considered, as I'm just one person with one set of experiences. Personally, I just figure there's nothing wrong with someone expressing some curiosity about me, and in a way, it's flattering because there's something they find interesting about me. Plus I figure they have the right to ask me whatever they want and I have the right to answer, or not.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
I can only speak for myself, but for me it has a lot to do with the tone and the intent of the question. That and the person's history with having been asked this question.

For instance, I grew up in Baltimore, which is largely black with some white people. We rarely ever saw anyone of any other race, so when I was growing up and kids said to me, "What are you?," they didn't mean it in a nice way. They meant why do you look different from every other person I've ever seen. And that hurt.

Nowadays, when someone says, "What's your ethnic background?", that doesn't bother me much. Like you say, they are mostly just curious. I actually find my ethnic ambiguity and the combinations I've been asked funny.
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I can only speak for myself, but for me it has a lot to do with the tone and the intent of the question. That and the person's history with having been asked this question.

For instance, I grew up in Baltimore, which is largely black with some white people. We rarely ever saw anyone of any other race, so when I was growing up and kids said to me, "What are you?," they didn't mean it in a nice way. They meant why do you look different from every other person I've ever seen. And that hurt.

Nowadays, when someone says, "What's your ethnic background?", that doesn't bother me much. Like you say, they are mostly just curious. I actually find my ethnic ambiguity and the combinations I've been asked funny.
Originally Posted by elizard
Thanks for sharing Sounds like you've had a pretty interesting and sometimes painful existence growing up in Baltimore. Glad you were able to discern between negative questioning and basic curiosity later in life. Sounds like you have an interesting and unique look I bet if I saw you I'd be tempted to ask what you are, in a good way.
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