Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Color defining Race

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Since we were talking about how color defines race today. My mind got to thinking. What about the people who live in South Africa who are white and not dark skinned. What do they identify as? Immediately most would think, if they were to put African-American most would think that they were black. I often wondered if this would be something that would cause a lot of need for explaining about their heritage or ancestory. Would they be like the lady Beau talked about and try to change their race to say caucasian/white??


Written by melp8

January 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

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  1. I actually knew someone in both middle and high school who was white and moved from South Africa. They identified as African-American, but definitely white in terms of social settings because of their skin color. However, growing up in such a mixed environment, I doubt they have the same sort of judgments that we do here.


    January 23, 2010 at 12:41 am

  2. you know, I have actually thought about that many times. I think they should definitely identify themselves as African-American. The actress Charlize Theron is actually South African, but know one would guess that by just looking at the color of her skin


    January 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

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