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1693Re: Endogamy within Mixed-Race groups

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  • tlbaker
    Nov 9, 2006
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      Also, I think in those areas, they tend to
      stand out more as there is less diversity. 
      People also may be payning more attention as well. 
      Where as places like NY (and surrounding tristate areas, well,
      except for Connecticut, LOLOL) mixed race people might blend
      in a little more as you just assume that they are hispanic
      or some other ethnicity in passing (subway, city block). 
      Sometimes I can tell the difference if I am paying attention.
       
      Lynne

       
      On 11/9/06, multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:


      [[[Lynne wrote:


      Then it seems as though there are more
      mixed race people in the south as they
      tend to marry only other mixed race people,
      i.e,my great grandparents and their
      parents before them and so on...
      Not sure if they still do that now.]]]


      My reply:


      Yes -- the Mixed-Race people, families and groups of
      the United States have had a definite a tendency
      toward being Endogamous
      (i.e. they have generally
      only married  / dated within their own group) -----
      at least up until the late 1960's / early 1970s with the
      socio-political pressure placed on them by the rather
      divisive 'Black Power' Movement (which had by then
      replaced the rather unifying 'Civil Rights Movement').
      .

      This tendency toward Endogamy is one reason 
      that the MGM-Mixed
      population is often so
      very large among certain Cultural (ex. Latino)
      and Ethnic (ex.
      African-American ) groups.

      It usually comes as a surprise to find out for many
      people, however, to discover that, in the United
      States, the largest
      proportion of Mixed-Race
      people are actually located in the Midwestern

      (as well as the Western and Pacific Northwest)
      states -- rather than in the Southern,
      Northern or Eastern coastal states.

      In fact, when people travel through certain of the
      Midwest, Western and Pacific Northwest states,
      they can find themselves rather hard-pressed to
      find a Person-Of-Color who is not (quite openly)
      either an MGM-Mixed or an FGM-Mixed individual.

      In some regions, there are so many MGM-Mixed people
      and so few 'Mono'-Racials who are "Of-Color" that even
      the majority of the FGM-Mixed people in the area
      are actually, in reality, "FGMs-of-MGM-descent".


      http://www.censusscope.org/us/map_multiracial.html

      A
      n historian (who was once on PBS documentary called 
      'Pioneer House') noted something to the equivalent that 
      --  her studies provided her with an interesting theory
      as to why so many Mixed-Race people (particularly of
      the
      African-American  Ethnic grouping) re-located to the
      Midwestern areas and then stayed for so many generations.

      She said that even before slavery ended (and most
      certainly once  slavery came to an end) -- a huge
      number of Mixed-Race people  (as well as the
      Interracial couples) sought refuge and new
      opportunity by way of  "The Homestead Act"
      (where suddenly a person could become a
      landowner simply by being willing to live on
      the land for a number of years as a 'pioneer').

      The opportunity to become a landowner; avoid being
      "racially" terrorized; and simply live as a 'different
      person' -- apparently gave many, if not most of
      these Mixed-Race individuals / Interracial couples
      opportunities that were unheard of for them previously.

      Suddenly -- they were farmers, homeowners, shopkeepers
      and landowners and no one cared 'where' they were from
      or 'who' they were -- and, being a persecuted 'of-color'
      group -- the Amerindians often both related to and
      got along better with them than with the 'White' settlers
      (which is also why so many of these MGM-Mixed / Mixed-Race
      families often have Amerindian ancestry found in their lineage.)


      NOTE:

      MGM-Mixed=Multi-Generationally Mixed
      FGM-Mixed=First-Generationally Mixed
      MGM=Multi-Generationally Mixed
      FGM=First-Generationally Mixed


      Related Links:

      http://www.censusscope.org/us/map_multiracial.html

      http://www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse/families/profile_nate.html
      http://www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse/families/profile_rudy.html
      http://www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse/families/profile_kristen.html

      http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/generation-mixed/message/991


      In Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com,
      "tlbaker1" <tlbaker1@...> wrote:


      Then it seems as though there are more
      mixed race people in the south as they tend
      to marry only other mixed race people, i.e,
      my great grandparents and their
      parents before them and so on...
      Not sure if they still do that now.

      Lynne


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