Are you mixed?

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Is anybody a fan of The Boondocks? I think it's intelligently made yet so funny...it actually has gone into a lot of the issues discussed in this thread.





This one I find particularly interesting...I think it's what often ends up happening. Parents don't teach their kids to embrace both their "sides" and the world picks as they see fit.
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Is anybody a fan of The Boondocks? I think it's intelligently made yet so funny...it actually has gone into a lot of the issues discussed in this thread.





This one I find particularly interesting...I think it's what often ends up happening. Parents don't teach their kids to embrace both their "sides" and the world picks as they see fit.
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Originally Posted by KF<3
Well statistically it's far more likely that a person who is Asian will practice an Asian system of religion like Buddhism (or Shinto, Hinduism, Daoism, etc.) in the US – best guess is upward of 96% chance. Just like there's an 84% chance that someone mono-racially Irish from Ireland is Catholic. Just like there's likely over a 90% chance that someone who states themselves to be a Jew (not by marriage or conversion) in the US likely carries the Ashkenazi Jewish gene (Yes, there is a genetic test to determine this ethnic variant, and also there are a slew of diseases that are proven to occur far more often in the ethnic Ashkenzim population). So really, it's not a stretch for a person to wonder if someone with Irish features might be Catholic; or to wonder why someone who has certain features that visibly reflect thousands of years of limited breeding among Eastern European (Ashkenazi) religious Jews, just might be Jewish; and it's also not a stretch for someone to hear about a family of Buddhists moving into their neighborhood and logically inferring that they're most likely Asian.

… What's problematic is someone looking at someone Sephardic (Middle Eastern or North African Jew) and refusing to accept that person as Jewish because they foolishly believe only White Jews are “real” Jews because they are – for now – the group of Jews most politically and socially visible in the Jewish diaspora. It's problematic when certain people insist that a president must be a Muslim because of his name, though he has embraced the Christian faith. It's a problem when someone states that the family of Buddhists who just moved into their neighborhood can't be “real” Buddhists because they aren't Asian.
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No, but just because i'm from Venezuela. And almost everyone is mixed here. LOL.

I don't know sometimes how to describe myself because i have curly hair, and i'm more white than black, but i am not white neither hahaha so... -|

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Im fully asian. And I get ask a lot of questions like "what are you?" "Are you mixed?" And someone have asked me once if i am half black..just because of my hair
Blacks and East Asians often have similar features, especially noses. I'm sure some of it due to a genetic overlap. For example, Filipino people often look part or fully black, probably because their provincial people have African ancestry. Same for Pacific Islanders.
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I'm Mexican and Black!

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Originally Posted by LoveInBetween
I used to know someone who had a tatoo that said "100% BLAXICAN". The term is pretty popular where I live. Ever heard of it?


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Originally Posted by LoveInBetween
I used to know someone who had a tatoo that said "100% BLAXICAN". The term is pretty popular where I live. Ever heard of it?


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Haha, yes! It's like Blasian, black and asian
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For the most part i say im just Black, but people insist im mixed...which technically i am, but only by my ancestry. But aren't we all??

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Originally Posted by SmilingElephant
Do you live in the US? I have come to the conclusion that perceptions about who is black and who is not has a lot do with culture. myself and family are light and freckled. Some have blue or hazel eyes, and some of my mom's siblings could almost pass, but we've always considered ourselves black without question. Yes we know we're Scot-Irish, Choctaw and African descent but my last white ancestor died right after the CW. The plantation was a long time ago. But when I talk my friends who are from Latin America, they all argue me down insisting I'm not black. I think the difference is in the US, in order to make Jim Crow work, whites supremicists made it if you are even a little black then you're black aka one drop rule. In Latin America it seems the general feeling is if you are even a little anything other than black then you are not black. Not saying everyone thinks this way but that has been my experience. My dad couldn't believe it when I told him people were telling me I'm not black. Not just Latin America. I saw a lady on YT who looks like me who said she went to Namibia and they told her she wasn't black. She was hurt because she was expecting this "return to the motherland experience."
I think the big problem with stereotyping of how "mixed" people look or even what kind of hair they have is that genetics can be tricky. So someone who has a parent of a different race may not look the stereotype while someone with an ancestor from 200 years ago does.

According to Dr. Henry Gates
58 percent of African Americans have at least 12.5 percent European ancestry (equivalent of one great-grandparent);
19.6 percent of African Americans have at least 25 percent European ancestry (equivalent of one grandparent);
1 percent of African Americans have at least 50 percent European ancestry (equivalent of one parent); and
5 percent of African Americans have at least 12.5 percent Native American ancestry (equivalent to one great-grandparent).
Originally Posted by Ayedee
But then, this is the problem for me. People do not accept the diversity of biracial people. My Father is white, my Mother black and I most definitely I.D as biracial, not black or white. Yet, because I have full lips, a button nose and my skin is a little more tanned than some other mixed people, people INSIST I am black, or that I shouldn't 'bother' I.D as mixed because I look black. As it bothers black people to be told they're mixed or must be mixed, it bothers me to be told I must ID as black because I 'look' black. I think I clearly look mixed. I don't feel black, and biracial people are not all very fair with golden-brown hair and green eyes. This is just my take on it, though, as a biracial person. It's made me insecure. I am what I am, and I am sick of people trying to shove me in a box I don't belong to.
Originally Posted by CurlyCarmenCurly
CCC, is it that people can't look at you and tell you're biracial that bothers you? I'm looking at your pic and would I assume you had a non-black parent if I saw you walking down the street? Truthfully, no. What is considered "clearly" is subjective. I have heard people say Halle Berry looks clearly biracial but I had no idea for the longest time. I would hope you wouldn't hold it against me if I couldn't tell, but if you told me you were biracial I wouldn't insist you were just black. That's wrong.
My 2 boys have the same father (my husband of course) but the younger one looks mixed. They have the EXACT same black parents. So with genes you never know when a recessive trait will shine through. I'm sure people will question me and him about who his daddy is because he's light.
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I hate that question. As a kid it always sounded as if someone is referring to a dog. WE ARE ALL MIXED. WE CAME FROM ADAM AND EVE.
LOL I think when people ask "Are you mixed?", it's less about forgetting that there are quite a few "mixed" people in the world and more about, "So are you in between black and white? In between Puerto Rican and Irish? ... In between red and yellow? Are you between here and there?" It's a game that targets the racially ambiguous looking people among us ... you know, the ones who get spoken to in every language in every country they visit
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I really do not like this question, I get asked it a lot and it gets my back up.

I live in Australia and our race politics are quite different to America. The number one question I get asked is "wear are you from?" the number 2 question is "what are you?". "Wear am I from?", I'm from Australia. "What am I?" I'm Australian. And if I am with my blond, pale, blue eyed mum I get "Oh, is your dad foreign?"

In Australia we have a concept of what it is to "Ozy" if you fall out side of that image you are seen as an other. Its not meant with malevolence, and its often asked after a compliment, but best intention on a personal level doesn't mean that these questions should be normalised.

In this country unless you are an indigenous Australian at some point your family had to come hear - we are all foreign! You can not normalised one groups residence in this country as normal as the other as abnormal.

We are all out of Africa - there is no such thing as race.
I am (as far as i know heh) not mixed. I am from Finland so most people here have blue eyes and straight hair.It's so annoying to try to find hair products for curly hair... In summertime when I am all tanned, new people sometimes ask me if I'm mixed or something. Funny.
Yes.

I am 1/4 Central Asian & 1/8 African American. My mother's family is white & my father's family is all the rest, lol.

I don't usually claim "mixed" status, since I am that stereotypical chick mentioned above (light brown hair, golden yellow skin, green eyes) & know full well I benefit from "white privilege", in a way my father never did & never will.

I am proud of my ancestry, but would feel disingenuous claiming to understand the struggle of being a P.O.C., since I am not (generally) treated as one, barring a few racially disparaging terms (octaroon, high yellow) directed at me by old church ladies in the Deep South. Those women were of another era & had no idea they were being offensive, so I let it pass.

I've also had folks--usually men--say I look "exotic" (i.e., different & not easy to categorize), but I don't feel the need to explain my genetics, since I will inevitably get gems like "But, you don't look black!" or "Oh, that explains it."

Racial categories are obviously social constructs, although assigning ethnic origin is still an active part of forensic science, especially applied osteology, since society at large still uses "race" as an official classification system.


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My ethnicity is Mexican and German. People always ask me "What are you", which is offensive because....why do they need to know? Is there a "wrong" answer for them? I used to be asked that a lot in school but it's gotten less over the years. Usually other hispanics ask me that and once I say I'm half white, that's all they see, me as a white girl (even though I think I don't look that white). And I think most white people just assume that I'm fully Mexican.
My ethnicity is Mexican and German. People always ask me "What are you", which is offensive because....why do they need to know? Is there a "wrong" answer for them? I used to be asked that a lot in school but it's gotten less over the years. Usually other hispanics ask me that and once I say I'm half white, that's all they see, me as a white girl (even though I think I don't look that white). And I think most white people just assume that I'm fully Mexican.
Originally Posted by MLmaya
I understand, for me it gets annoying. When you have been answering the same question all your life you get tired of answering it. I guess some people are just curious. I hate when I say I'm Canadian and then they ask me "but where are your parents from?"...ummm do you want to know about my great, great grandparents too?...sometimes they want you to dig deep into your background. I love my ethnicities and cultures but it shouldn't be one of the first things you ask me.


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My ethnicity is Mexican and German. People always ask me "What are you", which is offensive because....why do they need to know? Is there a "wrong" answer for them? I used to be asked that a lot in school but it's gotten less over the years. Usually other hispanics ask me that and once I say I'm half white, that's all they see, me as a white girl (even though I think I don't look that white). And I think most white people just assume that I'm fully Mexican.
Originally Posted by MLmaya
I understand, for me it gets annoying. When you have been answering the same question all your life you get tired of answering it. I guess some people are just curious. I hate when I say I'm Canadian and then they ask me "but where are your parents from?"...ummm do you want to know about my great, great grandparents too?...sometimes they want you to dig deep into your background. I love my ethnicities and cultures but it shouldn't be one of the first things you ask me.
Originally Posted by Ericachristina
It is annoying, when it's one of the first questions asked...or THE first question asked, not even a "hello" before that. Race means a lot to some people. For most Mexicans, I'm not a "real" Mexican. But I don't listen to what they say, I'm equally ethnically Mexican and German but above all, I'm an American, born and raised. If people can't handle that, it's not my problem.
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