Mixed Race Questions

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    Mar 19, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    I have a few questions about being mixed race:
    So if you are a quarter one race and three quarters another race, do you still call yourself mixed or do you go with the second race?
    For black/white, is "mulatto" a dirty word? (I ask because Russian society considers it acceptable.)
    Any particular words for mixed race people?
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    Mar 19, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
    I think that technically, you would still be "mixed race" , but most people would just go with the most dominant race.

    No, "mulatto" isn't a dirty word, but I've never heard anyone use it in-person. I'm sure you probably havent heard President Barack Obama reffered to as Mulatto either. It just isnt a popular term. Most half white/half black people I know refer to themselves as "Bi-Racial".

    Some bi-racial people call themselves "halfies" in a joking kind of way. I haven't heard of a term for mixed race people yet though.
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    Mar 19, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    This has always been a dilemma, but basically you refer to yourself as how ever you want to refer to yourself, of course how others refer to you may be quite different. You just don't want to make some claim that just leaves people laughing.

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    Mar 19, 2013 10:29 PM GMT
    You specify whichever the situation calls for. icon_lol.gif

    I'm not a fan of the word mulatto. To me it's antiquated and on the same level of calling black people "colored".
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    Mar 19, 2013 10:53 PM GMT
    Mutt
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    Mar 19, 2013 11:48 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidMutt


    +1,
    Can't believe I forgot about that. That's actually what my mother call me.
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    Mar 20, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    Slim2010 said
    paulflexes saidMutt


    +1,
    Can't believe I forgot about that. That's actually what my mother call me.
    I'd rather call you smutt, cause that's what I'd want to do to you. icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 20, 2013 12:25 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Slim2010 said
    paulflexes saidMutt


    +1,
    Can't believe I forgot about that. That's actually what my mother call me.
    I'd rather call you smutt, cause that's what I'd want to do to you. icon_razz.gif


    icon_redface.gif Such a Sweet-Talker.
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    Mar 20, 2013 12:49 AM GMT
    Mestizo is a word commonly used in the Philippines. I think it's used also in Latin America.
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    Mar 20, 2013 8:26 AM GMT
    i am mix of 5 ethnicities , i still prefer im a component of all of them,

    ALL
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    Mar 20, 2013 10:21 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidMestizo is a word commonly used in the Philippines. I think it's used also in Latin America.


    We say that in French speaking countries too : métisse.
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    Mar 20, 2013 11:20 AM GMT
    One finds it amusing that president Obama who is mixed race, half black and half white wants too be seen as Black only. When he is both neither black or white.. One must conclude that this is for political advantage to get the black vote.

    I work with a number of Africans and they see this as being fucked, as they don't see Obama as being black. I was to talk to my American Husband about this and his explanation was that most black Americans are of mixed race, and are not Tru Blu Blacks like Africans.
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    Mar 20, 2013 12:03 PM GMT
    tru_blu_aussie saidOne finds it amusing that president Obama who is mixed race, half black and half white wants too be seen as Black only. When he is both neither black or white.. One must conclude that this is for political advantage to get the black vote.

    I work with a number of Americans and they see this as being fucked, as they don't see Obama as being black. I was to talk to my American Husband about this and his explanation was that most black Americans are of mixed race, and are not Tru Blu Blacks like Africans.


    It's a bit like when they say that Halle Berry is the first black-american actress to receive an oscar. I didn't know she was black before someone told me.
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    Mar 20, 2013 12:41 PM GMT
    Aress saidI have a few questions about being mixed race:
    So if you are a quarter one race and three quarters another race, do you still call yourself mixed or do you go with the second race?
    For black/white, is "mulatto" a dirty word? (I ask because Russian society considers it acceptable.)
    Any particular words for mixed race people?


    I don't like being called mulatto. Honestly, it's antiquated and stems from a point in time when race was tied more with class. It's really offensive, it's just kind of odd for our time.

    My nephew calls himself white, he's a quarter black. I mean he's blonde with hazel eyes...so it's a little hard to say he's black. However, he tends to say that his grandmother is Black.

    Honestly, mixed or half x and half y (half Black half White, half Asian half Hispanic...whatever) is probably the best route.

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    Mar 20, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
    Where I'm from, you just say "mixed" and people automatically know you mean black/ white.
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    Mar 20, 2013 1:41 PM GMT
    Lord. We're going backwards....
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    Mar 20, 2013 2:06 PM GMT
    I find it easier to just refer to everyone as human.
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    Mar 20, 2013 2:12 PM GMT
    mplsmike saidI find it easier to just refer to everyone as human.


    To be fair, it's okay to point out differences (please read further). To claim that everyone is the same denies the struggles that each group has faced. For example to say that Blacks are the "same" as Whites in the US negates the history that Blacks faced in the US (excluding Black immigrants to a certain extent). Yes, they are the "same" biologically (both are human but cosmetically different).

    Celebrating both the similarities and differences are what makes diversity.

    This isn't to say we should dwell on the differences, but rather that we should acknowledge them and try to understand the context of when people approach things in a different way when concerning with social issues.
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    Mar 20, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    tru_blu_aussie saidOne finds it amusing that president Obama who is mixed race, half black and half white wants too be seen as Black only. When he is both neither black or white.. One must conclude that this is for political advantage to get the black vote.

    I work with a number of Africans and they see this as being fucked, as they don't see Obama as being black. I was to talk to my American Husband about this and his explanation was that most black Americans are of mixed race, and are not Tru Blu Blacks like Africans.


    But a lot of people who aren't the president do the same thing, so there must be something more to the logic than opportunism. Not everyone likes the ambiguity of "mixed race". It can knock out chances to identify with anything, much like the opinions of your husband and the Africans you know. Never heard anyone say Europeans are the only "true blue whites"...because that would be silly, right?
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    Mar 20, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    everybody is "mixed"

    so cliched now a days.
    Mixed icon_rolleyes.gif
  • MidwesternKid

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    Mar 20, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
    Identify with what makes you happy. Just learn to be happy in your own skin. I think people who are biracial are beautiful, exotic.
  • mo2345

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    Mar 20, 2013 5:30 PM GMT
    I don't take offense to the word mulatto personally, but I generally just call myself mixed rather than a specific race
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    Mar 20, 2013 5:39 PM GMT
    So there was this airplane and it was full of KKK members. Then last this old Black grandmother and her Black grand daughter got on the plane. As the plane tried to take off the pilot said, "Attention Passengers. We are having some trouble taking off." So the plane stops and they let off so unnecessary equipment. So then they take off again but they still can’t quite get off the ground. So they stop and the pilot now says,” We are stopping again to let off some unused seats that are adding to the weight." So afterwards the plane takes off again and this time they soar up into the sky and over the ocean. Suddenly the plane starts to drop again while they are over the ocean. The pilot then says, "We have to take off some weight or we will all die. I will call out groups in alphabetical order. Will all the African Americans please jump out the plane?" The little grand daughter looked up at her grandmother and they both said and did nothing. Then the pilot said, "Will all the Black people please jump out the plane?" The little grand daughter looked up again at her grandmother and they both still said nothing and didn’t budge. Finally the pilot said as the plane was still dropping, "Will all the Colored people please get off the plane!!" The little grand daughter looked up a third time at her grandmother and said, "Grandma, isn’t that us?" The grandmother then replied, ”No baby we Niggahs today because K comes before N."

    PS: My grandmother told me before she passed that you are what you answer to.
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    Mar 20, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    There is no such thing as Race. As Humans I suppose we like separating ourselves into groups. But who decides what group one is in? If we are 99.9X percent the same, how do we decide which characteristics we use to group ourselves.

    Traditionally we are groups according to superficial characteristics. But what about classifying ourselves according to height or blood type? A Race of Blood type A people.

    I don't like the term mixed Race because it's meaningless, we are all mixed with something. I'm not sure if anyone is 100 percent anything if you go back far enough in one's genetic history.
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    Mar 22, 2013 5:50 PM GMT
    blkbodybdr saidThere is no such thing as Race. As Humans I suppose we like separating ourselves into groups. But who decides what group one is in? If we are 99.9X percent the same, how do we decide which characteristics we use to group ourselves.

    Traditionally we are groups according to superficial characteristics. But what about classifying ourselves according to height or blood type? A Race of Blood type A people.

    I don't like the term mixed Race because it's meaningless, we are all mixed with something. I'm not sure if anyone is 100 percent anything if you go back far enough in one's genetic history.


    If we go back far enough , we are all 100% unicellular organisms!