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I have a serious question..for people that are biracial - primarily half black/half white. Why do you tend to identify yourself as black and kind of dismiss the white side? (I am not judging..con't)

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Because people treat you as non-white.

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The one drop rule is still very real today. Case and point, our current POTUS is biracial but is often referred to as black and nothing more.

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What BCG1 said. when she walks out in the world, most likely people view her as a Black person first. her response might be based on external conditioning.

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Because we're forced to navigate the world beneath the presumptive veil of the more genetically dominant 'black side' largely in part due to the variance in social and cultural assignments b/w the two.

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@OP they don't pick. It gets picked for them. You can't pretend you're colorblind when others don't see you the same

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On drop rule. Google it.

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Like I stated, I am not judging. Just trying to be more understanding and aware of those around me. I guess for me is more of identifying with one race and not always a being able to embrace both? Thanks for the insight.

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You're asking the same question that's been answered already, it's less about a biracial persons ability to embrace both and more how they've been conditioned / gotten used to their treatment from external factors

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I have a friend who is biracial - mom is white and dad is black - and she identifies herself as a black woman and never discusses her "white" side

I obvi can't relate. But I can understand. Do biracial people feel like they HAVE to pick one side over the other?

I think most biracial/mixed Americans can relate to the fact that they simply feel 'ambiguous'. What I mean by that, is that both ethnicity groups may view you as being a certain way due to inherent judgement. For example, a half black man may be viewed as not 'black' by his community and then, to the contract, not white by the other community. So this external pressure leaves one to not feel accepted by either group often. I suppose it may come down to internal factors, and whether they embrace one side more than the other. Nonetheless, the external labeling shapes our internal views of ourselves. Thus, ambiguity.

But really, it's all bullshit at the end of the day. And until we learn to judge an individual by their character it probably won't change

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