Apparently, I’m white!

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I spotted this item in one of my ego feeds, and was fascinated to find that this blogger named Heloise has decided for me what my race is. Ah, it’s fun to be mixed isn’t it? Everybody’s opinion about your race matters, except your own.

#15 — May 28, 2007 @ 15:28PM — Heloise [URL]

Here’s her site. She is white and Chinese. But that makes her white, since she is not half black.

#27 — May 28, 2007 @ 19:20PM — Alec [URL]

RE: She is white and Chinese. But that makes her white, since she is not half black.

You’re joking here, right? I mean no one could seriously say that a person with Chinese ancestry is white. Is this some comical inversion of the old “one drop rule?”…

#29 — May 28, 2007 @ 22:13PM — Heloise [URL]

Who called them biracial? I did not. Biracial I thought always referred to black and white only.

A Eurasian is certainly white. Northern Indians or those whose language is traceable to European languages, can’t think of it now, are also “caucasian.” But the Brits are quick to call Indians the N-word.

…Northern Japanese are considered white. China is the root race for Caucasians, AmerIndians, Mexicans and Indians, DNA-wise. So it is a case of the root returning to the the progeny. She is certainly NOT black and that makes her white. That is the box she should check.

I have a sister who’s black, married a biracial man and their kids all have blonde hair and blue eyes and married whites. But they are black, and not biracial. Race is so complex, more than people know. The role of the biracial is that a person cannot change from one race to another when they reincarnate without going through a mixed race life first. That’s my conclusion.

But I found that Anglo Saxons think that anyone who is not strictly Anglo is not white. So where does that leave Mediterraneans? I go by the Anthropological definitions of race.

Heloise

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