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Should people look down on African-Americans?
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According to the United States' colloquial term one drop rule, a black is any person with any known African ancestry. The one drop rule is virtually unique to the United States and was applied almost exclusively to blacks. Outside of the US, definitions of who is black vary from country to country but generally, multiracial people are not required by society to identify themselves as black. The most significant consequence of the one drop rule was that many African Americans who had significant European ancestry, whose appearance was very European, would identify themselves as black.

The one drop rule may have originated as a means of increasing the number of black slaves and been maintained as an attempt to keep the white race pure, but one of its unintended consequences was uniting the African American community and preserving an African identity.Some of the most prominent civil rights activists were multiracial but yet stood up for equality for all. It is said that W.E.B. Du Bois could have easily passed for white yet he became the preeminent scholar in Afro-American studies. He chose to spend his final years in Africa and immigrated to Ghana where he died aged 95. Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass both had white fathers, and Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan both had at least one white grandparent. That said, colorism, or intraracial discrimination based on skin tone, does affect the black community. It is a sensitive issue or a taboo subject. Open discussions are often labeled as "airing dirty laundry".

Many people in the United States are increasingly rejecting the one drop rule, and are questioning whether even as much as 50% black ancestry should be considered black. Although politician Barack Obama self-identifies as black, 55 percent of whites and 61 percent of others classified him as biracial instead of black after being told that his mother is white. Blacks were less likely to acknowledge a multiracial category, with 66% labeling Obama as black.However when it came to Tiger Woods, only 42% of African-Americans described him as black, as did only 7% of White Americans.

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this will turn into a black vs white debate.
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54 / M / Japan *in the nea...
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Black's Discrimination is a No No......
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no..i think black is way more cool, than the whites..
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Er...isn't the whole black-white thing settled already some time ago? It shouldn't really matter about being pure-white or part-black, if it's settled, right?
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NorthWolf wrote:

According to the United States' colloquial term one drop rule, a black is any person with any known African ancestry. The one drop rule is virtually unique to the United States and was applied almost exclusively to blacks. Outside of the US, definitions of who is black vary from country to country but generally, multiracial people are not required by society to identify themselves as black. The most significant consequence of the one drop rule was that many African Americans who had significant European ancestry, whose appearance was very European, would identify themselves as black.

The one drop rule may have originated as a means of increasing the number of black slaves and been maintained as an attempt to keep the white race pure, but one of its unintended consequences was uniting the African American community and preserving an African identity.Some of the most prominent civil rights activists were multiracial but yet stood up for equality for all. It is said that W.E.B. Du Bois could have easily passed for white yet he became the preeminent scholar in Afro-American studies. He chose to spend his final years in Africa and immigrated to Ghana where he died aged 95. Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass both had white fathers, and Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan both had at least one white grandparent. That said, colorism, or intraracial discrimination based on skin tone, does affect the black community. It is a sensitive issue or a taboo subject. Open discussions are often labeled as "airing dirty laundry".

Many people in the United States are increasingly rejecting the one drop rule, and are questioning whether even as much as 50% black ancestry should be considered black. Although politician Barack Obama self-identifies as black, 55 percent of whites and 61 percent of others classified him as biracial instead of black after being told that his mother is white. Blacks were less likely to acknowledge a multiracial category, with 66% labeling Obama as black.However when it came to Tiger Woods, only 42% of African-Americans described him as black, as did only 7% of White Americans.



Now before I post my comment I'll tell you what you did wrong. First of all your title, "Should people look down on the blacks?". A lot of people would be offended, because of the the term Blacks. Secondly why should people look down on anyone because they are of mixed heritage? Finally no matter how european they may have looked, they had a skin tone with a brownish color. At that time they still would have been discriminated against in society. So they choose to fight for equal rights for different reasons.(Speaking of W.E.B. Du Bois and other civil rights activists.)

Why should it matter?

Edit: Flaming is against the rules right?
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Why? Blacks are cool.. =)
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agreed Ce-Soul
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there is no different between black and white ppl
l don't know why many ppl are thinking in that way
actually l don't those ppl who think they are better than the other
thank God that we don't have these kind of rules in my country
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I actually said 'what the fuck' when I read the title. Nothing else on CR has ever made me do that before.
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lokita wrote:

I actually said 'what the fuck' when I read the title. Nothing else on CR has ever made me do that before.


I know what you mean. lol
But on a more serious note. What was your motivation to create this thread? What was the point you wanted to make?
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54 / M / Japan *in the nea...
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and add to that ...Blackes are more talented than WHites...
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aloneseraphim wrote:

and add to that ...Blackes are more talented than WHites...


Please dont turn this into Another race thread.
Talent depends on the person and how hard they are willing to work on their craft. Please dont spout useless information.
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All of us are a same race.. humans..
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i dont see any problem with black ppl.........

ppl are good and bad...but that apply to all race
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