Okay so I built up a reputation as a pro-black Huddler. This is a reputation that I have probably done plenty to deserve. However the truth is this is not necessarily the case. I do feel that Black Americans have a pretty unique experience in America when it comes to its hardships and the racism that still permeates society. But....
I am also in an interracial marriage myself and I have a unique appreciation for all races in America. I just feel that ignoring or pretending a problem doesn't exist is not the way to heal a wound.
Now on to the purpose of this thread. I consider myself a smart guy. Others may be more educated but I have always had a high intelligence (never tested lower than 136 IQ and have tested as high as 145 including one official test by a psychologist). I had thought that I had a working grasp of racial dynamics as it pertains to skin color. In particular how dominant racial characteristics (dark skin, curly hair, brown eyes and dark hair) are passed on from parent to child.
That was until my second child was born. Edward and Eddison3.jpg 656.33K 24 downloads Suffice it to say, my youngest is considerably lighter than my oldest, lol. While this never bothered me, it was very unexpected. I always assumed that white looking kids born to mixed families required one or more parents to be mixed themselves. I assure you, if I am mixed it goes back a long way and same for my wife.
This got me to doing some research. And I tell you what, this is a very real and common thing. I literally am in shock with just how much.
Rashida-Jones-haircut.jpg 57K 24 downloadsRashida Jones
1378677448_wentworth-miller-attempted-suicide_3.jpg 138.7K 24 downloadsWentworth Miller
meghan.jpg 6.79K 23 downloads(star of the show "Suits")
de niro.jpg 36.9K 23 downloadsRaphael De Niro (yes, that De Niro)
jessica-alba-cash-warren1.jpg 42.27K 23 downloadsCash Warren (Jessica Albas husband)
first black woman to write and produce.png 81.77K 23 downloads Darnell Martin. credited as first black woman to write and produce for a major Hollywood studio.
So admit people, You never would had guessed at some of them right? That poo is really eye opening! I know, I know, some of you will give the obligatory, "well I don't see color anyway". Or "why is this a big deal" lol. But be honest, this is intriguing. This is still North Carolina and last I checked race relations are not perfect and some would say they are down right poor in many parts.
Moreover, consider the implications for what it means to be black, white or whatever in America. Wow. Think of all the mixing that occurred during slavery. What that means for America. Would an exploration of this finally allow America to live up to its "Melting Pot" title? Admit it white people, aren't you just a little curious?
So what is my point in all this. Race relations in America is a unique and often sad phenomenon. Fraught with a history more sordid and morbid than many care to know. Problems exist here that exist nowhere else in the world. America is the ONLY country that discriminates based on skin color. THE ONLY ONE. Many nations discriminate ethinically but NOT ANY OTHER DOES SO BASED ON SKIN COLOR. In my travels I always thought that interesting. Especially since I made it a point to "sample" the feminality of different cultures. I was always surprised at how well received I was around the world and how my skin color/race did not effect the relationship between the parents and myself or anyone else.(I have actually been turned down for being American by a woman who turned around and dated Africans or British Blacks) While in America, particularly in the south there are many families that expressly forbid interracial dating on the pain of disownment. Very peculiar.
So what are the thoughts of this. How many have done the Genetic testing to determine ancestry. How many are in Interracial relationships and have stories they are willing to share?
(I posted a similar but opposite thread where I pointed out all the people that looked black and had a white parent in another forum predominantly frequented by blacks. It had positive reviews. I wonder will a forum predominantly frequented by whites embrace it with similar reviews)