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post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by paquerette View Post
He doesn't jump out as any particular ethnicity to me, but I think he looks a lot like Ernest (from all those goofy 80's comedy movies).
Jim Varney. I was thinking exactly the same thing!
post #22 of 30
In Utah we had to put our ethnicity, and we both wrote in "Human" on the "Other" section. The lady thought it was funny, then crossed it out and marked "white".
post #23 of 30
He looks a lot like my DH, but mine has blue eyes ... he is of german, irish and italian decent. I think he is only a third generation American on all sides, so there is no chance my DH is American Indian at all. People ask him for directions in spanish all the time.
post #24 of 30
He look Cajun to me. Very good looking man.
post #25 of 30
Well, he looks like a mix of Native American Indian and white to me. A lot of states have race on their forms. I answer only if they let you answer more than one, otherwise I put "other".
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by marybethorama View Post
that's interesting because dh and I met someone who has a similar heritage to yours and we both thought she was part African.
Actually from a scottish/irish point of view it's not that strange, there have always been 'dark' scots as such, many refer to some highlanders as 'dark highlanders' or a 'black highlander' because they sometimes (not so much nowadays) are quite different in colour to the other locals, it's actually quite well known at this side of the pond!!

Just wanted to answer your question though - we have often been asked our origins - and we were asked when applying for a marriage licence - personally I don't think it should matter as we say over here 'We're a' Jock Thompson's bairns" and depending on how I'm feeling I may not answer, but yes on many occasions, from lots of different folk.
post #27 of 30
Genetics are a funny thing ... you never know when something recessive will show up. Your DH has an interesting face, and I have no idea what his ethnicity is beyond "white" or European. To me he looks like some eastern Europeans I have seen and met.

I'm pretty sure the marriage license we applied for requested racial/ethnic information. I suspect it's for demographic collection. (How else would they know how many multiracial marriages there are in the US, for example?) But we filled those forms out ourselves; no one questioned us.
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by ewe+lamb View Post
Actually from a scottish/irish point of view it's not that strange, there have always been 'dark' scots as such, many refer to some highlanders as 'dark highlanders' or a 'black highlander' because they sometimes (not so much nowadays) are quite different in colour to the other locals, it's actually quite well known at this side of the pond!!
This is true; I have a friend who is Scottish and Jewish. He is very olive complexioned and has a bit of a broad nose. He stopped wearing a beard at one point because he was so tired of being hassled by people on public transportation and at the airports (because he looked Arab). The interesting thing is, his coloring is from his Scottish side; his Jewish side is all pale as milk. But I guess he's descended from the Picts (?), who were mountainous people and quite dark compared to other Scots.
post #29 of 30
I honestly can't remember if they asked us or not. My DH is Hispanic and his name screams it though so maybe they just knew.

But he most certainly doesn't look Cuban. My DH is Cuban as is a ton of his friends and he looks nothing like any of them, or any of the pictures of people my DH has shown me from when he lived in Cuba. Most Cubans are Spanish decent actually or African decent. They basically wiped out the native population or rapped then to create a bi-racial but yeah not that many Cubans look "Hispanic." He looks more Polish or Eastern European to me but really it could be from many places.
post #30 of 30
He looks part Indian (as in from India) to me.
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