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Postby Drunken Idaho » 14 Oct 2008 15:00

I just thought I'd inquire as to where everyone's ethnicity lies. What's your heritage? Where are you living now? I know that we don't necessarily need to know this about one another in order to discuss the things we discuss, but I thought I'd ask it out of curiosity. Let's try to avoid offensive comments, and let's talk about this on a more anthropological and historical level.

I suppose I'll start:

I'm Irish, English and Dutch. About as white as one could get, if it weren't for the tiny fraction of Native I supposedly have. And as some of you know, I live in Canada.

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Postby Freakzilla » 14 Oct 2008 15:15

I was born in New Orleans and live near Atlanta now. I'm of Scottish, French and Austrian descent.
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Postby SandChigger » 14 Oct 2008 15:32

Scottish, Irish, English and supposedly a pinch of Shawnee. Born and raised in southern Ohio but living in Japan for the last 21 years and nine days. ;)
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Postby A Thing of Eternity » 14 Oct 2008 15:36

I'm African. :wink:

I'm also a Canadian.

I'm half Ukrainian and half British - but my red hair shows that there must have been some one from the isle raping and pillaging over in Ukraine at some point in that side of my family’s past. I also have a pretty generous helping of freckles, obviously more or less depending on how much sun I get in a given year, and brown/green eyes.

This is what I put on the census a couple years back:

17. What were the ethnic or cultural origins of this person’s ancestors?
An ancestor is usually more distant than a grandparent. For example, Canadian, English, French, Chinese, Italian, German, Scottish, East Indian, Irish, Cree,
Mi’kmaq (Micmac), Métis, Inuit (Eskimo), Ukrainian, Dutch, Filipino, Polish, Portuguese, Jewish,
Greek, Jamaican, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Chilean, Salvadorean, Somali, etc.
Specify as many origins as applicable using capital letters.


I put African.

19. Is this person:
Mark more than one or specify, if applicable.
This information is collected to support programs that promote equal opportunity for everyone to
share in the social, cultural and economic life of Canada.
�� White
�� Chinese
�� South Asian (e.g., East Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, etc.)
�� Black
�� Filipino
�� Latin American
�� Southeast Asian (e.g., Vietnamese, Cambodian, Malaysian, Laotian, etc.)
�� Arab
�� West Asian (e.g., Iranian, Afghan, etc.)
�� Korean
�� Japanese
Other — Specify



Checked off white. Because man, I'm very white. except my freckles, those are very brown.

I hope I din't cofuse the census people. :roll: If they can't figure out what I meant then there's no hope for them anyways. :lol:
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Postby Freakzilla » 14 Oct 2008 15:48

I've started writing in "Humanoid" for race.
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Postby A Thing of Eternity » 14 Oct 2008 15:53

Freakzilla wrote:I've started writing in "Humanoid" for race.


Nice. :D I might switch to Homo Sapiens next time.
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Postby Omphalos » 14 Oct 2008 16:08

Im Scottish on both sides, and have Swiss from me mum and English from my dad. My middle name is a family name and its pure Sweedish, so there just may be some cross-strait rapin' in my family too. My feet glow in the dark during winter, Im so terminally white. I look like a snow cap next my little nut-brown wife. My dad is dark though, and has jet black hair, even into his 70's. There may be a bit of something else in there. I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and live in Northern California now.

I used to volunteer as a staff attorney at a low-income clinic in a neighborhood in Sactown. Blacks used to come in there all the time and write "original," in the race block. I still have not figured out what the hell that meant. Does that mean that they think they are homo habilis?

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Postby A Thing of Eternity » 14 Oct 2008 16:15

Omphalos wrote:I used to volunteer as a staff attorney at a low-income clinic in a neighborhood in Sactown. Blacks used to come in there all the time and write "original," in the race block. I still have not figured out what the hell that meant. Does that mean that they think they are homo habilis?


:laughing: That's great! I think just meant that they were from the original place of humanity and were probably the closest skin-colour wise to those early humans. I haven't done much looking into the original colour of humans, but black would make sense based on location.
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Postby Freakzilla » 14 Oct 2008 16:21

Omphalos wrote:I used to volunteer as a staff attorney at a low-income clinic in a neighborhood in Sactown. Blacks used to come in there all the time and write "original," in the race block. I still have not figured out what the hell that meant. Does that mean that they think they are homo habilis?


Not something I would brag about.
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Postby Omphalos » 14 Oct 2008 16:46

A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Omphalos wrote:I used to volunteer as a staff attorney at a low-income clinic in a neighborhood in Sactown. Blacks used to come in there all the time and write "original," in the race block. I still have not figured out what the hell that meant. Does that mean that they think they are homo habilis?


:laughing: That's great! I think just meant that they were from the original place of humanity and were probably the closest skin-colour wise to those early humans. I haven't done much looking into the original colour of humans, but black would make sense based on location.


I actually asked a few what that meant. Nobody would give me a straight answer, or even one that was not utter nonsense.

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Postby Freakzilla » 14 Oct 2008 16:47

A Thing of Eternity wrote:
Omphalos wrote:I used to volunteer as a staff attorney at a low-income clinic in a neighborhood in Sactown. Blacks used to come in there all the time and write "original," in the race block. I still have not figured out what the hell that meant. Does that mean that they think they are homo habilis?


:laughing: That's great! I think just meant that they were from the original place of humanity and were probably the closest skin-colour wise to those early humans. I haven't done much looking into the original colour of humans, but black would make sense based on location.


Yeah, and the light skinned Africans came from the shady parts. :wink:
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Postby SimonH » 14 Oct 2008 17:46

Half Irish Australian - my ancestor was a "terrorist" who helped burn down a lord's house in the 1780s or so, who was sent to Australia as a convict.

Other half - hoity toity English.

I think this explains why I like to think I am classy, while holding a high contempt for class structures :D

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Postby TheDukester » 14 Oct 2008 17:58

Race: Human.

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Postby Tleszer » 14 Oct 2008 18:21

My maternal great-grandfather was a 7th generation (Jewish) Palestinian, one grandfather's family was from Russia, another from Italy, and my grandmother could trace her ancestry back to England, Ireland, and Germany.

My mother keeps saying that her grandfather was a 7th generation Israeli, but his family was indigenous to Palestine before the area became Israel. Whenever we get into this discussion, my sister and I argue that he was Palestinian, but my mom doesn't like to acknowledge this. :wink:
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Postby trang » 14 Oct 2008 19:25

Slavic/Czech/Russian for father side, Syrian/Irish on Moms side.

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Postby GamePlayer » 14 Oct 2008 20:47

I'll leave it up in the air, just to annoy. That's more my defining characteristic anyway :)
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Postby Rakis » 14 Oct 2008 22:41

French descent, been living in Quebec, Canada for all my life. :)
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Postby Mr. Teg » 14 Oct 2008 23:22

Omphalos wrote:Im Scottish on both sides, and have Swiss from me mum and English from my dad. My middle name is a family name and its pure Sweedish, so there just may be some cross-strait rapin' in my family too. My feet glow in the dark during winter, Im so terminally white. I look like a snow cap next my little nut-brown wife. My dad is dark though, and has jet black hair, even into his 70's. There may be a bit of something else in there. I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and live in Northern California now.

I used to volunteer as a staff attorney at a low-income clinic in a neighborhood in Sactown. Blacks used to come in there all the time and write "original," in the race block. I still have not figured out what the hell that meant. Does that mean that they think they are homo habilis?


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So, Omphalos American Scottish Swiss, huh! :wink: :wink:
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Postby SandChigger » 14 Oct 2008 23:26

GamePlayer wrote:I'll leave it up in the air, just to annoy. That's more my defining characteristic anyway :)

^^^ Not of this world! ;)
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Postby Omphalos » 14 Oct 2008 23:33

Mr. Teg wrote:
Omphalos wrote:Im Scottish on both sides, and have Swiss from me mum and English from my dad. My middle name is a family name and its pure Sweedish, so there just may be some cross-strait rapin' in my family too. My feet glow in the dark during winter, Im so terminally white. I look like a snow cap next my little nut-brown wife. My dad is dark though, and has jet black hair, even into his 70's. There may be a bit of something else in there. I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and live in Northern California now.

I used to volunteer as a staff attorney at a low-income clinic in a neighborhood in Sactown. Blacks used to come in there all the time and write "original," in the race block. I still have not figured out what the hell that meant. Does that mean that they think they are homo habilis?


So, American Scottish Swiss, huh! :wink: :wink:


Well, Byron already called you the ass-wipe, so c'mere and do your job, swabby! I just ate at Atalbertos and could use you. :wink:

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Postby Mr. Teg » 14 Oct 2008 23:43

Mr. Teg wrote:So, American Scottish Swiss, huh! :wink: :wink:

Omphalos wrote:Well, Byron already called you the ass-wipe... :wink:


First you're quoting Kevin on Chig's blog, now you're quoting Byron.
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Postby Illogical Banana » 14 Oct 2008 23:58

Let's see, born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. My ethnicities include: German, Norwegian, Irish and Scottish (I'm pretty sure I have both, atleast one due to my distinctive hair color). I can't remember the rest, I think there's a few more. I think I have a little French-Canadien Indian in me, even though I still don't know what that is...
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Postby Omphalos » 15 Oct 2008 00:25

Mr. Teg wrote:
Mr. Teg wrote:So, American Scottish Swiss, huh! :wink: :wink:

Omphalos wrote:Well, Byron already called you the ass-wipe... :wink:


First you're quoting Kevin on Chig's blog, now you're quoting Byron.
What really happened at the book signing that wasn't shown on the tape? :wink:


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Postby Robspierre » 15 Oct 2008 01:17

Dad's side Scottish, German, and Irish.

Mum's side English, English, with some funky scandinavian.

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Postby SandChigger » 15 Oct 2008 03:43

Robspierre wrote:some funky scandinavian

I think I met him when I was in Malmö. :shock: Name is Anders or something, right?

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