Why do mixed race people describe themselves as black?

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    Why do a lot of mixed race people describe themselves as black, when they are usually equal parts white and black? Is it because they identify more with their black heritage so feel it more appropriate to describe themselves as black rather than white or mixed raced? Or is there another reason?
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    (Original post by Iridocyclitis)
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    Why do a lot of mixed race people describe themselves as black, when they are usually equal parts white and black? Is it because they identify more with their black heritage so feel it more appropriate to describe themselves as black rather than white or mixed raced? Or is there another reason?
    Throughout history the western world has classed them as black (despite them having white mothers or fathers)i.e the french for example. I mean it's not a bad thing is it?
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    They look more black than white I guess. You can't really look white unless your white.

    Take President Obama for example. He's mixed race but he does look more black than white since there are fully black people with similar looks to him but no white people who look like him.
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    Well the 'black genes' tend to be more dominate over the 'white genes', in terms of hair, skin color, etc. They know if they say black they'll be accepted but if they say white then people will say "you're not white, you're mixed, you're only half white" so I guess they just feel more welcomed by identifying black. That's from personal observations, not gonna lie i probably would and can see people reacting the same. I guess it's just one of society's many complexed judgements.

    I remember a mixed race girl called chelsea, her 'white genes' were dominate but she had like Afro hair but she got away with identifying as white, although she was questioned about her hair a lot
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    Black genes are dominant. They don't benefit from white privilege. And mixed people tend to be treated poorly by the white side of their family.
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    It's not so black and white, so to speak.

    I'm half-Jamaican and half-English, so I think of myself as black as my brown skin and Caribbean features do 'other' me from white people and mean I don't benefit from white privilege. I am privileged amongst PoCs however, as being mixed is seen as more exotic, attractive and intelligent because we tend to be lighter skinned. Obviously total BS.

    But as I said, it's not as simple as 'all mixed people see themselves as black'. I have a friend who was born in France, and is half-Enligsh, half-Iranian but, as she is white passing, she does benefit from white privilege, so doesn't participate in PoC only discussions. As far as I know, she doesn't consider herself black, but mixed.

    In my own case, I never really saw myself as black until recently when I became aware of differences in how my white friends were treated compared to me in certain situations, eg. being followed around shops by security. I always thought of myself as just mixed, which is also a valid identity in its own right.
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    One drop rule.
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    Let's think about a white and black mixture. You add cocoa powder to milk, would you call that white milk with cocoa powder or hot chocolate? It's the idea of the black genes being more dominant, I guess. I really wanted to use that analogy lol.
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    'White privilege' doesn't exist.

    As for your question OP, I've noticed there's a lot of stigma around being 'white.' No one seems to want to be classed as white, presumably because being 'white' means you have imaginary 'white privilege' and therefore you're racist? I've asked mixed race friends about it before and that's the answer I got given. Basically, anti-white racism. Of course that doesn't apply to every mixed race person, but it's just what the ones I've met all say.
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    (Original post by Iridocyclitis)
    Note: This is a genuine question. Racist comments will be reported.

    Why do a lot of mixed race people describe themselves as black, when they are usually equal parts white and black? Is it because they identify more with their black heritage so feel it more appropriate to describe themselves as black rather than white or mixed raced? Or is there another reason?
    Because most people of Afro-Caribbean and many of African American origin are already mixed race, to some degree. 'Pure' Africans are only found in Africa. A lot of Jamaicans especially are obviously not purely of African origin because until independence, a large proportion of the population were white. Bob Marley for instance was born to an ethnically white British father.

    Combine that with the fact that anyone with black African heritage is obviously not an indigenous Brit and so may not be treated as such or feel like one also. That goes both ways of course: in South Africa so-called 'coloured' people are marginalised by the indigenous black community for not being 'black enough'.
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    (Original post by Peroxidation)
    'White privilege' doesn't exist.

    As for your question OP, I've noticed there's a lot of stigma around being 'white.' No one seems to want to be classed as white, presumably because being 'white' means you have imaginary 'white privilege' and therefore you're racist? I've asked mixed race friends about it before and that's the answer I got given. Basically, anti-white racism. Of course that doesn't apply to every mixed race person, but it's just what the ones I've met all say.
    Are you white, may I ask?
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    (Original post by GradesUnlocked)
    Are you white, may I ask?
    Yes. But why does that even matter?
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    (Original post by Iridocyclitis)
    Note: This is a genuine question. Racist comments will be reported.

    Why do a lot of mixed race people describe themselves as black, when they are usually equal parts white and black? Is it because they identify more with their black heritage so feel it more appropriate to describe themselves as black rather than white or mixed raced? Or is there another reason?
    I can't speak for all mixed race people, but I personally call myself black as I grew up around the black side of my family and am therefore more 'in tune' with that side of me.

    Also, it may be worth adding that when I call myself black I am accepted as such, but when I've tried to call myself white in the past, white people have told me 'you're not white you're mixed'. So in my experience it feels like if you're not 100% white you're not white enough and it can make things uncomfortable to try and say otherwise.
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    (Original post by Peroxidation)
    Yes. But why does that even matter?
    White privilege is very real unfortunately. It's not just non-white folks pulling the race card and screaming racist. You turn a blind eye to white privilege because you have been made custom to it as a white person, so you'll let it fly past you. It's very easy to say that it doesn't exist from your perspective, but if you were standing on the side of perhaps a black person you'll see how real it is.
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    (Original post by GradesUnlocked)
    White privilege is very real unfortunately. It's not just non-white folks pulling the race card and screaming racist. You turn a blind eye to white privilege because you have been made custom to it as a white person, so you'll let it fly past you. It's very easy to say that it doesn't exist from your perspective, but if you were standing on the side of perhaps a black person you'll see how real it is.
    When you've been discriminated against for being white as much as I have, 'white privilege' becomes a nonsense term.
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    (Original post by GradesUnlocked)
    White privilege is very real unfortunately. It's not just non-white folks pulling the race card and screaming racist. You turn a blind eye to white privilege because you have been made custom to it as a white person, so you'll let it fly past you. It's very easy to say that it doesn't exist from your perspective, but if you were standing on the side of perhaps a black person you'll see how real it is.
    Lmao I can't believe that people like you actually exist
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    (Original post by Peroxidation)
    When you've been discriminated against for being white as much as I have, 'white privilege' becomes a nonsense term.
    ....In what way have you been 'discriminated against' for being white? And someone making a joke about white people doesn't count.
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    (Original post by Peroxidation)
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    Waiting for you to reply to the other person. 🌚
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    (Original post by Mr Moon Man)
    Lmao I can't believe that people like you actually exist
    Better believe it because I'm here on Earth chilling.
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