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  1. MW says:

    October 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I’m half black and half white. My husband is white. My daughter, therefore, is 75% white and 25% black. She’s my (brown) skin color, but is growing up in a fairly white world. I worry about her going through what I went through, which was being “too white” (in a “speak the King’s English, listen to brit pop not hip hop, etc.” way) but not attractive to white guys, thereby spending many years being the odd one out when it came to dating and relationships. It’s really hard when no one thinks you’re attractive. It sounds terrible to say, but I keep hoping she’ll be seen as “exotic,” so she can date whoever she wants.

  2. says:

    October 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    I loved the Nat Geo piece, too! And I had the same reaction you did, noticing that how people self identify doesn’t always map onto how they might be seen by the outside world. It was another reminder that these prototypes we have in our head about what a person of a certain ethnicity or race “should” or will look like are not always accurate.

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