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How do you identify yourself?

The other day in Walmart a little girl points at my 5-year-old son's mohawk and exclaims "EWW mommy look at that white boys hair!" To which my son responds "That Brown girl wasn't very nice mommy." Which prompts the mother to call me a "racist *itch".

Frankly my son knows his colors far better than his history and geography and he has always described people as either "white" or "brown".

This has left me wandering....how do you identify yourself? I've always considered myself "white" although I'm 2/3 Native American. I've never been to Caucasia, I think it's an absurd title. I have friends who find "black" offensive other friends who think "African American" sounds rediculous as their known relatives are as American as I am.
So what are you?

 
Slinkee

Asked by Slinkee at 10:41 AM on May. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (70)
  • I am black and puer to rican & consider myself to be of both races, im stared at most times because i speak spanish(thick brooklyn acentor rosie perez im told) but look @ me you see i look more african american then I do puerto rican,Btw if ya ever go to P.R. then you'd say I look like them. ppl ask my kids what are they n I've taught my kids to be proud of their mixed races as well since their black puerto rican & navajo,theyre lighter than me but darker than their dadr & beautiful.Yup they know it, but I also teach my kids that the world's a better palce4 its diversitys,& 2not think that they are better than anyone & no ones better than them.I remember this black lady asked me how my weave was done,I was confused like what? i had 2explain 2her that my hair was like its cuz of my blck momma yet i am mixed. she didnt belive me til i showed her my roots,so u c its how you educate ppl. be proud of ur race.Teach em is all!
    Ayeshah

    Answer by Ayeshah at 5:17 AM on May. 16, 2009

  • Hi, I'm Robyn. Most people call me mixed, mulatto, African American, or mistake me as some type of Hispanic decent, but I prefer Robyn.
    MythicMMM

    Answer by MythicMMM at 10:48 AM on May. 14, 2009

  • Ohh I suppose I just go by caucasion. But heck I only go by that when filling out some stupid thing like at the Dr. or an application.
    Nikky0803PAG

    Answer by Nikky0803PAG at 10:52 AM on May. 14, 2009

  • kids are kids. The other mom was totally out of line. Add to that she used profanity in front of her child and yours? IMO, shows her lacking in areas such as respect, decency, and articulation. Perhaps she needs to stop and look at herself before she judges others.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:54 AM on May. 14, 2009

  • I identify myself as human.
    momandvet

    Answer by momandvet at 10:59 AM on May. 14, 2009

  • LOL - I know a fair skinned African American because he's from Africa : )

    Great answer momandvet!
    mogencreative

    Answer by mogencreative at 11:03 AM on May. 14, 2009

  • I'm just white. In actuality my ancestry is just about half Irish-American and half American Indian (Chocktaw) but I LOOK totally white, so that's how I self-identify.
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 11:06 AM on May. 14, 2009

  • hi i am also robin,i am white anglo saxon protestant....but to me and i try to teach my kids this i am me.i have all sorts of friends.my husband is italian catholic.italian is hot.but thats it.i try not to put people into classes.my daughter likes a boy who lives in low income housing.he is from brazil.we were at the field this girl said i dont like your friend he is brown and poor .i almost died.my daughter asked me is it ok to like him i said of course it is.he is no different but once again it is nurture....my daughter is dating a very cute man from columbia.it doesnt matter.(cant tell my daughter i think hes cute...
    raineydays377

    Answer by raineydays377 at 11:07 AM on May. 14, 2009

  • Im white LOL.

    I have a lot of mixing in me.
    mommyofAurora

    Answer by mommyofAurora at 11:12 AM on May. 14, 2009

  • I am simply and American female.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:19 AM on May. 14, 2009

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