Why are people who are half white and half black called black?

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  1. alambientertainment profile image92
    alambientertainmentposted 16 months ago

    I've never understood why people who are half black and half white are referred to as black. Like what mitigates the white gene?

  2. Rupert Taylor profile image97
    Rupert Taylorposted 16 months ago

    This is not the place to be asking such questions - try the topical forums.

    This is where writers discuss their craft and help newcomers improve their writing.

    1. OldRoses profile image98
      OldRosesposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Rupert, she did post this in the community forums.  Check the top of the page.  Unfortunately, the way HP structures our forum feed, all of the questions from all of the forums appear in a single feed without any obvious indication of which forum they were posted in.

      1. theraggededge profile image98
        theraggededgeposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        There's a difference. The forums are split into two. The topical forums are here: https://hubpages.com/forum/topical They are divided into sections. So this post would be better here: https://hubpages.com/forum/13 Politics and Social Issues.

        People have been suggesting for ages that the Freeform discusion section should be 'over there', and 'this side' should be for writing, earnings, technical stuff.

        1. DrMark1961 profile image97
          DrMark1961posted 16 months agoin reply to this

          This thread would also have about 50 replies by now, and none of them would be about which forum it should be in!

    2. alambientertainment profile image92
      alambientertainmentposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Okay Rupert, that's kinda harsh, but also hilarious. I apologize for posting on the wrong forum. I'll be more careful next time.

      1. DrMark1961 profile image97
        DrMark1961posted 16 months agoin reply to this

        Yours seems genuine but we get some real weird questions and spammers on here. It tends to make us oldtimers kind of crotchety at times!

        1. alambientertainment profile image92
          alambientertainmentposted 16 months agoin reply to this

          Okay DrMark1961, I totally understand

          1. DrMark1961 profile image97
            DrMark1961posted 16 months agoin reply to this

            To go back to your original question, I think you need to point out that this black-white thing exists in the US, not everywhere. Here in Brazil we do not consider people that are half-black and half-white as black. It kind of depends on what you look like.
            One of my good friends is white, but her mom is very black. Her dad was of Portugese heritage and was very white. Her daughter looks like her mother, and enrolled in university as black.
            So no, it is definitely not genetic, just cultural.

  3. Glenis Rix profile image97
    Glenis Rixposted 16 months ago

    I believe in the U.K. people of mixed heritage are generally referred to as being mixed race. But “A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet” (Shakespeare)

  4. PaulGoodman67 profile image96
    PaulGoodman67posted 16 months ago

    I've requested this thread be moved to "social issues" as that seems more relevant than HP Tutorials and Community. I guess we'll see what happens, if anything. smile

  5. NateB11 profile image93
    NateB11posted 16 months ago

    In America it is because if you don't look totally white, by default you are considered to be another race. Probably because historically race has been a marker for what to do with people in this country.

  6. paradigmsearch profile image61
    paradigmsearchposted 16 months ago

    "Why are people who are half white and half black called black?"

    This is a gray area.

    1. Al Stine profile image95
      Al Stineposted 16 months agoin reply to this

      Unnecessarily funny joke big_smile

      1. IslandBites profile image89
        IslandBitesposted 16 months agoin reply to this

        The One drop rule.

  7. psycheskinner profile image85
    psycheskinnerposted 16 months ago

    People are what they choose to identify as, which is entirely their right.

    p.s. there is no white gene

  8. Tenochtitlan profile image80
    Tenochtitlanposted 15 months ago

    They used to be called Mullatoes.  Now things are less specific and is more culture based.  If the father was black, the child maybe called as such but would it be the same if the mother was?


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