Australian interracial dating
) This recent SMH article describes a group of Aboriginal artists as “black,” though the skin color of the artist they use to illustrate the article is quite fair.
Yet to my American eye, this article is so wonderful — and strange — because of the way it describes a fair-skinned musician as black without at all indicating that there’s any strangeness about that.
In certain ways the Australian logic seems to parallel the American formula. Here, being Aboriginal seems to be not about the mixing of genetic or biological material but rather about heritage, about identifying with a community of people who claim you as one of their own. It is self-identification that matters most in “racial” categorizing, and this is reflected in the U. Census, where a person is categorized as black or white or Hispanic etc based purely on how they describe themselves. But I started out talking about how Australians imagine Indigenous identity, i.e.
I’ve met several Aboriginal scholars who are as fair as Welsh-background me with straight blond hair, so it’s definitely not one’s appearance that is considered to make one Aboriginal. Torres Strait Islanders or Aboriginal Australians, not about what Australians think it means to be .
I found the post interesting enough to review the comments and chime in a couple of times. Here in Sydney as well as in Egypt, people have often commented to me on the strangeness of the American logic of race. Everyone knows that Obama’s mother was white, and yet everyone “knows” that Obama is black.
I tell them that yes, it’s absurd, but it’s how our culture popularly imagines race.
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I hate to say it, but every time a Black woman—or man for that matter—gets engaged to a member of another race or ethnicity, prejudice and racist folks alike come a stomping. But to outright judge a celebrity who you do not know…and frankly fellas, had a VERY small chance of snagging is just ridiculous.
I used to think that these types of sentiments were limited to White, Anglo Saxon individuals who grew up in minuscule towns, but as I mature, I’m learning that a “separate but equal” mentality thrives in America and beyond– regardless of your race—especially when it comes to love and marriage. Understand one thing: everyone has the power of CHOICE.
Lots of white guys I know date Asian women (which is no new thing), but it’s not Asian women exclusively. If there was a divide I would have to say it’s likely between the native aboriginal people and white people.
That’s more of a divide than dating someone who has emigrated here, due to our history of white settlement of Australia and the shameful way aboriginals have been treated, and continue to do so.
S.), to have some familiarity with different cultural logics of “race.” When it comes to Australia, though, I arrived here pretty ignorant.