Re: When you pass
- In my family I recently uncovered that most of my
Great Grandparents on my Mothers side did pass for
"black" when in fact they were Native American.
I was told by my Mother that at that time
in that neighborhood it was easier to
be "black" than Native American.
No one even talked about it until
I started asking questions.
There is no doubt that I have Native American
Ancestry if you look at my Grandparents.
It all started when I found out that my
Great Grandfather had Blond hair & Blue eyes ...
everyone thought he was a very fair "black" man
when in fact he was either Irish or possibly Italian.
They are all dead now & it was a taboo subject
back then so I will never truly know where
a lot of my Mixed Heritage came from.
"eekmod" <eekmod@...> wrote:
I guess I would use "passing" for Asian.
I had always considered myself White.
Grew up in White suburbia (albeit with
a mom no one bothered to understand).
But sometimes I use the Asian box.
I got selected for a Getty MultiCultural Internship
in college by emphasizing my Asian half.
Realistically I am just as Asian as I am White,
yet I still felt funny about it,
like I was cheating the system.
I think what you are culturally is more
significant than what your heritage is.
For instance, I think the purpose of
the Getty internship was to get more
MultiCultural perspectives into the art fields.
Do I count for that, or am I too White?
When I was (briefly) trying to get into acting,
my agency would send me out on stuff for Asians.
I'd get to the audition and be confronted
with full-blooded Asians and wonder
what the heck I was doing there.
I would go to White auditions
and be told I was too "exotic."
I couldn't pass for either!
Once I got turned down for a dang community
theatre play because the director said,
although I was the BEST ONE, I didn't look
like the rest of the "family" he had picked out
Wendy Arimah <trinidadsvoice@> wrote:
Just curious, with all this talk of passing,
I assume it's in reference to
passing for 'white', correct?
What about those who 'pass' for 'black'? ...
I ask because I knew a woman many years ago ... had all
the characteristics ... of a black woman. She was darker
than Oprah (without the lights and heavy foundation) ...
One day, during a discussion, she mentioned
the fact that she had White in her family.
She then showed me a picture of her mother.
She was the splitting image of her mother,
except for one thing: her mother was White.
Straight blonde hair, blue-eyed White.
To say the least, I was shocked.
All I could do was say 'WOW'.
All goes to show, you never know who you're talking to.