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LOL
I FEEL YOU.

People just need to chill and go within. Before they seek out.

Thanks for the reply.
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cay032692 wrote:


Sogno- wrote:

"ambiguously ethnic"??

that phrasing doesn't even make sense...


Pretty much this...


It doesn't make sense yet at the same time....it kinda does. It's odd.
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retronatrix wrote:

It doesn't make sense yet at the same time....it kinda does. It's odd.


Hmm, unfortunately I have never had the fun of others guessing my race :p , although I do receive some fun when they try to guess my nationality based on my last name.
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I think a lot of it depends on where you live; depending on what kind of immigrants and other minorities live in your area, certain people will get different ideas about your skin tone and how it relates to their perceptions. I've had people ask me if I'm native, or what village I'm from, and I just consider myself white. I know my grandmother is Mexican, and she has had people assume her to be Indian (American).

Reading some of the comments on here, I'm to voice one of my own question that I've had for a while. Most people I know consider Asians to be yellow or something. But to be I've always thought that Asians (some anyways) are pale, and what's the difference between that and white?
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Blugon wrote:

I think a lot of it depends on where you live; depending on what kind of immigrants and other minorities live in your area, certain people will get different ideas about your skin tone and how it relates to their perceptions. I've had people ask me if I'm native, or what village I'm from, and I just consider myself white. I know my grandmother is Mexican, and she has had people assume her to be Indian (American).

Reading some of the comments on here, I'm to voice one of my own question that I've had for a while. Most people I know consider Asians to be yellow or something. But to be I've always thought that Asians (some anyways) are pale, and what's the difference between that and white?


I've heard the yellow thing too and really never seen it in any other Asians. The difference between pale and white are genetics, origin and culture.
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Odd title but had an incident today. Filling out forms with the county for my business licencing update and the form didn't have a mixed option. The lady, in going over it, said "you checked other so I'll just put it under white". When I told her I'm not white, I'm mixed she was floored then got angry. Why, I've no idea. But she was angry because 'how was I supposed to know you're mixed? You're so ambiguously ethnic".

I've NEVER heard the phrase before but I kind of like it in a tongue in cheek way.

So most people consider me white, Asians pick out the Japanese usually. Was wondering if anyone else has that? People assuming you're some race or such when you're not? Or outright asking 'what the hell are you?". Tell me your funny stories, I'll tell you mine.


I have been in that "Mark your race here" position many times. Often enough there is never an option for 'Mixed' and whenever you use mixed they automatically think you are black mixed with white. I'm 65% German and 35% Native American, sometimes there is no option for Native American. This angers me all the time, and there is nothing you can do about it.

And about the expression that women gave you she was either, racist or didn't want to give you a different form.
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retronatrix wrote:

Odd title but had an incident today. Filling out forms with the county for my business licencing update and the form didn't have a mixed option. The lady, in going over it, said "you checked other so I'll just put it under white". When I told her I'm not white, I'm mixed she was floored then got angry. Why, I've no idea. But she was angry because 'how was I supposed to know you're mixed? You're so ambiguously ethnic".

I've NEVER heard the phrase before but I kind of like it in a tongue in cheek way.

So most people consider me white, Asians pick out the Japanese usually. Was wondering if anyone else has that? People assuming you're some race or such when you're not? Or outright asking 'what the hell are you?". Tell me your funny stories, I'll tell you mine.


I have been in that "Mark your race here" position many times. Often enough there is never an option for 'Mixed' and whenever you use mixed they automatically think you are black mixed with white. I'm 65% German and 35% Native American, sometimes there is no option for Native American. This angers me all the time, and there is nothing you can do about it.

And about the expression that women gave you she was either, racist or didn't want to give you a different form.


She's just very racist. But that's how some are, I just don't appreciate it when it's a professional situation.
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PurpleDjango wrote:


retronatrix wrote:

Odd title but had an incident today. Filling out forms with the county for my business licencing update and the form didn't have a mixed option. The lady, in going over it, said "you checked other so I'll just put it under white". When I told her I'm not white, I'm mixed she was floored then got angry. Why, I've no idea. But she was angry because 'how was I supposed to know you're mixed? You're so ambiguously ethnic".

I've NEVER heard the phrase before but I kind of like it in a tongue in cheek way.

So most people consider me white, Asians pick out the Japanese usually. Was wondering if anyone else has that? People assuming you're some race or such when you're not? Or outright asking 'what the hell are you?". Tell me your funny stories, I'll tell you mine.


I have been in that "Mark your race here" position many times. Often enough there is never an option for 'Mixed' and whenever you use mixed they automatically think you are black mixed with white. I'm 65% German and 35% Native American, sometimes there is no option for Native American. This angers me all the time, and there is nothing you can do about it.

And about the expression that women gave you she was either, racist or didn't want to give you a different form.


She's just very racist. But that's how some are, I just don't appreciate it when it's a professional situation.


Yes, I wish there were less people who were racist, all humans are the same.
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Diversity among whites is grossly overlooked most of the time. Being ghostly-white, I personally can't comment on the ethnicity thing, but where I live, multiculturalism is relatively recent (last decade or two) phenomenon... Even though there's a lot more multicultural presence nowadays, generally before you'll come across a question on your ethnicity, the question that will be asked is what your "language of choice" or "native language" is. Usually, it'll go English, French, Other: _______. Depending what you're filling out, there's usually a box for a second language option. The ethnicity question usually comes later.

I just thought I should bring this up, because I feel your language can often better represent you than your ethnicity, and sometimes even your nationality (in reference to those who were perhaps born and raised in different or multiple countries). Just my personal opinion, as another white lost among the masses of whites. Besides, the more interracial the human race becomes (forgetting for the moment that race is actually, in fact, a social construct), the more irrelevant our ethnicity becomes (not in a cultural sense, to be clear. Your culture is your prerogative). I myself have Irish, Italian, Ukrainian and French, but no one is any the wiser because I'm white and hey, let's just group you all into one massive group, because white!

What's the big deal about race, anyway? I love you all, as you are!! A nice person is a nice person, and an asshole is an asshole, regardless of their ethnicity. Humans tend to put up too many false barriers between them.
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Yes, but do people really bother to consider what their great great great grandfather they never met was for example when filling out these forms?
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I've been called to be european, russian, chinese(because of my small eyes =_=) I'm none of those ...I'm hispanic and we can be of any race, any ancestry, any ethnicity but I just call myself Hispanic even though my family is mixed.
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LittleMissee wrote:

Diversity among whites is grossly overlooked most of the time. Being ghostly-white, I personally can't comment on the ethnicity thing, but where I live, multiculturalism is relatively recent (last decade or two) phenomenon... Even though there's a lot more multicultural presence nowadays, generally before you'll come across a question on your ethnicity, the question that will be asked is what your "language of choice" or "native language" is. Usually, it'll go English, French, Other: _______. Depending what you're filling out, there's usually a box for a second language option. The ethnicity question usually comes later.

I just thought I should bring this up, because I feel your language can often better represent you than your ethnicity, and sometimes even your nationality (in reference to those who were perhaps born and raised in different or multiple countries). Just my personal opinion, as another white lost among the masses of whites. Besides, the more interracial the human race becomes (forgetting for the moment that race is actually, in fact, a social construct), the more irrelevant our ethnicity becomes (not in a cultural sense, to be clear. Your culture is your prerogative). I myself have Irish, Italian, Ukrainian and French, but no one is any the wiser because I'm white and hey, let's just group you all into one massive group, because white!

What's the big deal about race, anyway? I love you all, as you are!! A nice person is a nice person, and an asshole is an asshole, regardless of their ethnicity. Humans tend to put up too many false barriers between them.


Race is important for it carries with it culture,a history,a mindset, traditions and identity. That's why I'm so against the western model of globalization/multiculturalism-it puts proper in a box and pushes the one race,human race concept that really is just a guize for homogenous society.
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That's pretty sad of that worker whoever she is. I'm White, but when I fill out forms like that, and it asks you what "Race" I think I am, I usually will put, "Eastern Europe Islander". They look at that funny, but then shrug.
I don't see the need to keep filling out race every time I go to fill out a form. The Government wants everyone to be "Equal", but they still are collecting race information? That is not the spirit of the idea, and besides, all of that is collected when the census is done every 10 years.
That is the only time I will put that I am Caucasian. But what is Caucasian anyway? If you look it up in the dictionary, it says it cover multiple of European races. Is German a race? or French? How about Greece?
So, I don't get it. Just because I have less melanin in my skin I should be classed differently?
I would rather be classed by intelligence, because at least that is something I can change, and improve upon!
Just don't look at me as some sort of special idiot...
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An Italian-American friend of mine married a Chinese man and took his surname, Wu. Since then, whenever she goes to appointments or fills out her name for paperwork, she's gotten a lot of skeptical looks and "What are you?"s because they're expecting an Asian person. Evidently some people can't wrap their mind around the idea that a white person would marry an Asian and take his surname. Also, it seriously boggles my mind that people will ask, "What are you?" and not realize how rude that is. Gee whiz, I'm a human being, how about you?
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People often call me white, even though I talk like I'm black, walk like I'm black and you know.....actually AM BLACK. I guess riding a skateboard just disputes all of that
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