Question on Interracial Marriage For My Fellow MyLotters

@schulzie (4064)
United States
August 25, 2008 7:30pm CST
I have a question for you, my fellow myLotters: Do you consider a Caucasian woman (from the United States) and a Hispanic man (from South America) to be an interracial couple? Some of my friends here say yes and some say no. Would you consider the children mixed race? I ask because I am Caucasian and my husband is Hispanic. Please let me know what you think of this. Thanks in advance! [i][b] Have a great day and happy myLotting!!![/b][/i]
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Yes, two people of two different races who have biological children born to them do have mixed race children. And yes I consider you and your husband an interacial couple since both of you are of different races. That to me would be no different if, let's say, I am a caucasian in New York and met and married a person from China and we got married and had children, he and I would be an interacial couple and our children would be mixed race. Have a great evening.
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@jerzgirl (8027)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
26 Aug 08
But, Tyc - Hispanic isn't a race. If so, which race is it. There are supposedly three. Caucasian, Asian and Black/Negroid. Which are they? They are an ethnicity.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
26 Aug 08
I guess if I had stopped and thought about it then I would have answered differently. Used to on TV here on the crime stoppers reports people were identified as white, hispanic or black and not is is just caucasian or black. There are no longer hispanics on the list to identify.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
26 Aug 08
OK then why is native Ameriacan a race? So you see there are more then three. Don't call a spanish person white they will get mad. A freind of mine is Mexican. And someone called her white she what are you blind and on and on. So yes it is a race. Tell the native Americans that they are white. They won't be to happy to hear it. Have a happy day
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• United States
26 Aug 08
Yes, I would consider it an interracial marriage. Does it bother you that people consider your marriage interracial? I am just curious.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
26 Aug 08
I would hope that you would not let it bother you. I do know that I had a cousin who married out of her race and her family did not approve and she finally divorced just to please her family which is not good. She was grown and had children from a previous marriage, was in ill health and had found love but I guess she felt at the time she needed her families love more than his.
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@jerzgirl (8027)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
26 Aug 08
I don't understand how anyone could consider it interracial. Hispanics are considered to be Caucasian.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
Look, my family is full of interracial marriages and children. I don't have a problem with that. As long as they are loving and happy relationships. We do not discriminate in our family. As for the other, when you fill out an application, Hispanic and Caucasian are both listed on there, along with a couple of others. However as far as I am concerned, personally, people are people and it makes no difference. I am speaking strictly from a societal point of view.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Yes I do. As so does the goverment. I don't think is matters. My niece is balck,white native americian so in that aspect I don't think it matters. But yes they are a mixed race. Which will come in real handy for collage. They can get way more grant's and and stuff for school. No joke.. ENJOY YOUR NIGHT
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Oh, I really don't think it matters either. I say to my children to be proud of who you are, every bit of it. I hope that they qualify and get a scholarship from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund too.
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@onlydia (2808)
• United States
29 Aug 08
They should there are a who bunch of them. Some start out at age 13 can you believe that. lol. But hey never to soon to plan right. see you later. have a nice day.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
yes i would its 2 different races. so yep. ;)
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@jerzgirl (8027)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
26 Aug 08
Hispanic isn't a race. Hispanics are considered Caucasian. So, it's white marrying white.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I think of them as white but also with Hispanic or Latino blood, but still white.
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@jennysp8 (855)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Yes, the children would be a mixed race and if you are two different races then yes, that is an interracial relationship.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I really think of my children as White Hispanics to be honest with you.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
yes I would consider your situation to be an interracial relationship. If he is hispanic that would be one race and you are caucasian, that is another race so you have a blended interracial family. Your children are also going to be interracial because of this. Its not a bad thing and MANY people have made the most beautiful children through interracial relationships. But that was a great question. Thanks for asking!!
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Thanks for your answer. I really think of it more as a different Caucasian though. Do you think of Antonio Banderas as not White? He is Spanish? He does not have Indian blood and is from Europe - Spain. Just curious. Thanks.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
no I do not think of Antonio Banderas as white. He is a different race. Gorgeous, but a different race lol.
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@devylan (695)
• United States
29 Sep 08
Spain is part of Europe, though, and Europeans are all Caucasian.
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@jerzgirl (8027)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
26 Aug 08
First of all, Hispanic isn't a race, it's an ethnicity. Hispanics from Central and South America are of Spanish (European) and Native American (genetically Asian) descent. Neither of those is a RACE except that European is considered Caucasian. I married a man of Mexican-American descent. My parents considered him white, although they never in my lifetime pointed anyone out as being any one thing or another. That isn't how I was raised. The fact that he was an a-hole wasn't because of his genetic background. So, marrying someone of Hispanic background would be more of an intercultural or interethnic marriage than an interracial marriage. But, as far as I'm concerned, it simply shouldn't matter. Unfortunately in some eyes, it does, which is why my daughter dropped out of high school where we live and moved back with her father to finish high school there. The names she was called by the predominately white, blue collar, "good Irish Catholic", redneck kids in our town were so full of hate and venom, she chose instead to "drop out" than "put up". They couldn't see her for the beautiful, highly intelligent, individual that she was (although her being highly intelligent may well have added to the problem since she wasn't about to let them behave that way without standing up for herself and anyone else they victimized). But, neither was she going to allow moronic mindsets to keep her from her goal of a high school diploma. She simply fulfilled the requirements elsewhere. But, from what I learned in an Anthropology course, we are more of a single race of people with physical attributes more dilineated by distance from the equator than by DNA (although there are a few unique traits here and there). Throughout the world, there are blends of ethnicities and "races" where two or more come in geographic contact. There are no distinct lines of division, really, anywhere. We just simply 'merge' together from one to another the way colors merge and change from one to another in the color spectrum. Yet, we're all of the same origin. I don't understand how anyone in today's world could think any other way.
@jerzgirl (8027)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
26 Aug 08
I'm sorry, but I can't believe how many people are considering this to be an interracial marriage when being Hispanic IS NOT A RACE. There are three so-called races: Caucasian, Asian and Negroid/Black. Into which of these three would you place Hispanics? Especially since they are actually a blend of the first two (if they are native to the Americas, that is - don't forget that people from Spain who live here are also Hispanic).
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I couldn't agree with you more. It is just a different country that they come from but they are still White. I know all about racism, trust me. My children all have their father's complexion, olive skin, dark hair, brown eyes. A bunch of redneck kids started harassing my children telling them that they were "Iraquis" and other horrible names I will not mention here. This all started after 9-11. Well, my children are part Spanish, but these idiots didn't figure that out or care. Because they did not have fair skin and blue eyes and such they were targeted for their appearance. When I would go to my son's school to pick him up, the children would hang out the windows and yell "I didn't know you had a White mama!". I have to say it shocked me when it happened, and I had to explain everything to my children as we are not racist in this household. It was just awful. Thank goodness we moved too so we got away from those closed minded individuals. Still it just gets to me how cruel that children can be to other children. It is just a reflection of how they are raised and with what values.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
29 Aug 08
well of course your kids do not have white skin because their father has dark skin. but to be called Iraqis that's strange do they really as dark skinned as middle easterns? I actually met quite a few of middle easterners who are white with blue eyes you would think they are caucasians, I guess those ones nobody will know they are not Caucasians
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
26 Aug 08
this is what I found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnicity#Ethnicity_and_race it seems race is based on physical traits, where as ethnic is based on culture. when it comes to filling out forms, the government of each country will decide what to put as classification. I remember filling out forms over here, classifying Asian, hispanic, caucasian, native and black. if your govt decides hispanic is caucasian then by law your marriage is not interracial, but over here it is. So race classification may differ one country from another, but ethnic will not or at least won't be as much different. If you read the history, the Nazis did their own classifying when they were in power. It's how each government does it, but each of us know our heritage that we were born with. this is definition of caucasian that I found http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caucasian
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
26 Aug 08
LOL I was telling my husband about this and he asked me "who is panic?" LOL
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
That is hilarious! Who is panic? Yes, I really think of Hispanics as White, unless if they are maybe mixed with Black and then they would be Black Hispanic as opposed to White Hispanic. I mean, here is a good one, do you think of Antonio Banderas or Desi Arnaz or Lorenzo Lamas as not White? They are Spanish, Cuban, and Argentinian. Some food for thought...
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
29 Aug 08
yea I know Banderas is Spanish and Lamaz is Argentinian their skins are not as fair as Caucasians but if in your country they are classified white then there you go they are white
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@property (453)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Hmmm. i am a caucasian woman from the United States, my ex-husband was Cuban. We have a child together. No-one looking at our daughter would think she was mixed. She is as Caucasian as either of us. Actually she is much fairer complected than either of us. i guess it would depend on the individual child as to whether the child was perceived to be of mixed race. As for my ex-husband, he has light olive complexion, and jet black hair. He considered himself to be caucasian, although he was of Latin decent. Really, i only considered him Hispanic in culture, not in his genetic makeup. i am olive as well, and there is no doubt as to whether i'm caucasian. So i guess it depends on the individuals involved. If you look interracial people will just assume you are. If not, well then, no.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I think of Cuban as Caucasian as well. My husband was born in Argentina and has no Native Indian blood at all, just the Spanish, Italian and German. He has an Olive complexion and black hair as well. The funny thing is 3 of my 4 children are his same color and my oldest son is far darker than his father. I have a very fair complexion as I am mostly Irish and German. However I am 1/8 Cherokee Indian as well. I always joke that my Cherokee came out in our oldest son as he is darker than his father and siblings.
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@property (453)
• United States
29 Aug 08
It sounds to me like your both caucasian...despite national origin, and therefore imo you are not a mixed marriage, nor are your children anything but caucasian.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
Yes, if a Caucasian woman is married to, or dating, a Latino man, then that is an Interracial relationship. There is nothing wrong with it. It means that you two are of two different ethnic backgrounds.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yes, I think it more an interethcic or intercultural rather than an interracial relationship. Thanks for your comment!
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@bunnybon7 (37156)
• Holiday, Florida
26 Aug 08
my ex daughter in law, mexican, said they call us white people even tho my son is halph native american. so i guess she conciders it inter racial. i dont care. my granddaughter from them is the most beautiful girl you'd ever want to see! the mix makes beautiful and intelligent kids.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I think that they are a beautiful mix too. I am 1/8 Cherokee myself and my kids are part Spanish, Italian, and German from their dad and German, Irish, Scots Irish, Welsh and Cherokee from me. I still consider them all White. I would think of your ex daughter in law an dyour son as being White too.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
Well, yes... technically you both are different races, so you are an interracial couple.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I think of it more as an ethnic thing, not really racial, but thanks for your comment.
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@Galena (9123)
26 Aug 08
I would consider that interracial. after all, if filling in a form that asked for race, you would both be ticking different squares. so I suppose the children would be mixed race, but not so noticeably as if one parent had much darker skin.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Thanks for your comment. I really don't think of us as an interracial couple, more of a multi-cultural couple. I think that would be a better definition of it.
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• Philippines
26 Aug 08
Hi schulzie, I new here at myLot and your topic seemed to tickle my interest. I would say your situation may not be be an interracial marriage. Although your husband is Hispanic, he might still have a Caucasian origin from his forefathers. Most South American people (Hispanics) were not originally born in South America as history tells us. They are indirect descendants of the Spanish or Portuguese race from Europe who are also Caucasians. Unless of course your husband is of native Indian descendance (the true South Americans even before the Colonization times), then that would make my answer a yes. Well basically, my answer would be based on skin color. Thank you for opening up a wonderful dicscussion.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yes, my husband is from Argentina and I know this sounds really horrible - when the Spanish came down there hundreds of years ago they eliminated the native people that lived there. That is just awful, but it is true. Anyways after the Spaniards did that then immigrants from Italy and Germany and France and England came down and made the country what it is today. My husband is Spanish, Italian, and German - he has no native indian blood. So to me he is Caucasian as I am. Tell me this - is Antonio Banderas Caucasian?
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• United States
26 Aug 08
I personaly do not have any problem with Interracial Couples. So do not I see nothing wrong with whoever your married to! I feel that you should Marry whomever you are truely in love with. And not worry about things like race or skin color!
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yes, I always say do what makes you happy!
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• China
26 Aug 08
Dont be sorry.My daughter is married to a man from Guatemala,so it should not worry you.It is an interracial marriage no matter how you think.I am married to a Chinese woman and mine is the same.How can it not be??
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I am not sorry or anything. Just looking for everyone's opinion. I am not worried either. I think it makes things interesting.
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 Aug 08
In the first place those kind of marriages take place all the time in Trinidad. Each and every one of my siblings has done this. So how do I respond ? Yes, its an interracial thing and as far as that is concerned its a person's choice. Why, Oh Why, must we look at it this way ? Are we not all equal ?
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yes, we are all equal, we are just a little different from one another. It really doesn't matter. I am just interested in everyone's point of view. It is an interesting subject to me.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Yes, I do. You actually made me second guess myself so I looked it up it up on the online dictionary and this is what it says about the word interracial: "of, involving, or designed for members of different races". I am from an interracial family. My dad is Caucasian and my mom is Filipino. I consider myself a mixed race as well as my children. I think children from interracial relationships tend to be better looking then those of one race, and not just because my own children are so darn good looking. LOL Seriously though, would it matter if your children were a mixed race?
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
No, it doesn't matter to me at all. I am part Cherokee Indian too. My great grandmother was 100 percent Cherokee. My children are beautiful and I do think it is the mixture of the differnet ethnicities that are in them.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Its not something I really think about but I guess it would be. I am a caucasian married to an Asian man. I never really thought of us as a mixed couple but we are. I have some Indian blood in me (small bit down the line somewhere) but so do most people I know. Most of us probably are a product of mixed races. I think the world would be a pretty boring place if we all looked the same.
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I totally agree with you. I have some Cherokee, my great grandmother was 100 percent Cherokee. She even walked in the Trail of Tears. I think it is funny here in this country that even though I am 1/8 Cherokee that I am still considered "White" but if that were African American blood then everyone would be saying I was "African American" and not "White". Pretty hipocritical if you ask me.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
26 Aug 08
I guess you could call it interracial but that's stretching it a bit. It will be a great time when we are all so mixed up that there are no longer racial divisions.
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Yes, I think it is stretching it too. As far as I am concerned he is White too, just a different etnicity that is all. Aren't Irish and Italian both White? Last time I checked Corned Beef and Cabbage is nothing like Lasagna! That's just an example, but think about it! Also, the languages, but they are still White!
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