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@Will E Uhm  Yes! It's not only for dealing with harassment; it's for protection against robberies and rapes. Get a concealed carry license, and then get a gun. 

1 day ago on Interracial Couples and a Word on Safety: Memphis Couple Needs Our Advice.

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@DWB @Tammy_Ghalden @reem11 @qjonesatl3  Back to the original point, the majority of Hispanics in Texas are of Mexican descent, and the majority of people from Mexico are mixed-race. The next largest group is indigenous. So, it is incorrect to call Hispanics in Texas white and leave it at that. 

1 day, 1 hour ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@Angela12  The article I posted a link to (sorry that the link didn't come out right but you can copy and paste) has old data, but the population distributions for black people haven't changed much. It says that 72% of black people in Texas live in 11 counties. Texas has 254 counties. 

1 day, 1 hour ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@Angela12 @Tammy_Ghalden @qjonesatl3  That is one small part of Texas. Most Texas cities are not like the DFW metro area. 

1 day, 6 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@Angela12  Um, that is east of IH-35, and you just further proved my point that black people are concentrated in one area in Texas. Anyone who is from Texas would know where IH-35 runs. Almost 3/4 of Black people in Texas are concentrated in 1/3 of the state, so those areas are not representative of the whole state. 


http://www.thefreelibrary.com/The+size+and+distribution+of+two+minority+population+groups+in+Texas.-a016390632

1 day, 6 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@Angela12 @Tammy_Ghalden @reem11 I personally know a couple of bw/wm couples who I see all the time. I wouldn't call that a lot. As far as new couples, I can count how many times I see them each year on my hands. 

1 day, 6 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@DWB @Tammy_Ghalden @reem11 @qjonesatl3  It is untruthful to say that Latinos are from Spain. You could not have one drop of Spanish blood in you and still be labeled Latino because you or your ancestors came from a Spanish-speaking country. To say that Latinos are from Spain and nowhere else even when they are mixed-race or not even mixed with Spanish is almost an insult to the rest of their ancestry. 

1 day, 17 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@Angela12  If you live near Houston or Dallas, you're going to see more of everything; but, those areas are not representative of the whole state. The majority of black people in Texas live east of IH-35. 

1 day, 17 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@Angela12 @Tammy_Ghalden @qjonesatl3  I guess it depends on how you define rare. 

1 day, 17 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@reem11  I'm not counting the couples I know multiple times because I see them all the time. 

1 day, 17 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@reem11  I have, too, every few months. I can see a black man with a white or Hispanic woman every day. 

1 day, 17 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@DWB @reem11 @Tammy_Ghalden @qjonesatl3  He's not 100% accurate, but he is more accurate than the people who claim that Hispanics are just white. He is dedicated to getting Latinos to stop choosing white. IIRC, there is even a dark-skinned Hispanic girl in the video who is confused about whether or not she should choose white. She is about as dark as George Lopez who was proven through DNA testing to be more Native American than anything else. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e6ChgL1EC4

1 day, 17 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@Angela12 @Tammy_Ghalden @qjonesatl3  I would bet money that the statistics in most parts of Texas are closer to my observations. 

1 day, 18 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@reem11 @DWB @Tammy_Ghalden @qjonesatl3  But, the truth is that there is such a thing as genetic pools. DNA tests are quite accurate in determining where someone's ancestors came from. If there were no genetic differences, there would be no way a DNA test could tell most of my ancestors are from Sub-Saharan Africa (two of them did). Looking at my dark brown skin and kinky hair, I think they're right. 

1 day, 18 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@DWB @reem11 @Tammy_Ghalden @qjonesatl3  Oh, gee. You touched upon one of my biggest pet peeves. I'm going to try not to have an aneurysm. LOL. I absolutely hate when people (usually white) insist that Hispanics, especially Mexicans, are white because Hispanic is not a race. Duh, Hispanic is not a race, but the indigenous peoples of North and South America are in no way, shape, or form European or white. They came from Asia. You can't just discount the fact that many Hispanics, especially the ones from Mexico, are mixed with Native American, American Indian, or whatever they want to be called in their particular region. 

1 day, 18 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@DWB @Tammy_Ghalden @qjonesatl3  Most people of Mexican descent are mestizo (a mix of white and Native American/indigenous). In fact, around 60% of Mexicans are mestizo, around 30% are indigenous, and around 9-10% are white. There is a small population of Afro-Mexicans and Asians. 


1st generation Mexicans are more likely to choose white even though they are mixed. It has to do with the shame of being part "Indio" and the different definitions of being white in Latin America. Latin Americans often find U.S. race classifications confusing. If they aren't really dark-skinned, then they will opt for white. 3rd and 4th generation Mexicans are more likely to choose "other." They have already assimilated to America's race classifications. 

1 day, 18 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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It's not clear for me. Does the South have 39% of the newlyweds or 39% of the newlyweds married interracially? 22% of the newlyweds in the West were married interracially while 14% of the newlyweds in the South married interracially. So, if the South does indeed have a plurality (majority requires more than 50%) of interracial marriages, it'll be because the southern region they carved out has a bigger population than the other regions, not because interracial marriage rates are highest in the South. That would make sense since the southern region they carved out has two of the most populous states in the country. Those states are also two of the only three states in the South with high rates of interracial marriage. However, the South is not in a horrible place being a distant second behind the West. The Northeast and Midwest had interracial marriage rates of 13% and 11%, respectively. So, the West is way ahead of the rest of the country. It's obvious just by looking at the number of dark-colored states in the West in comparison to everywhere else. 

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/02/16/chapter-1-overview/

1 day, 20 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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The South having more than half the white/black marriages is not surprising. 57% of black people lived in the South in 2010. That is up from the 54% in 2000. The other regions don't even come close. 

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2011-06-30-black-south-census-migration_n.htm

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/census_2000/cb01cn176.html

1 day, 20 hours ago on And the States with the Highest Interracial Marriages Are…

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@qjonesatl3  The same goes for Texas, except, Texas is different from much of the South. While white/black couples make up the majority of interracial marriages in the South overall, I can assure you the majority of interracial marriages in Texas are white/Hispanic. When I do see a white/black couple in Texas, 9 out of 10 times, it's WW/BM. I do not advise black women to come to Texas looking for open-minded, non-black men. I don't even advise them to come here to look for black men. 

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Is the military going to check under people's wigs to make sure their wigs match their natural hair texture? Not all black people have kinky hair, and there are white people with kinky hair. Would white people with straight hair not be allowed to wear curly wigs and vice versa? 

1 day, 22 hours ago on Has The Army Declared War On Black Women’s Hair?

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I don't know how many people here have natural, 4A -4C hair, but it is not easy to slick it back in a ponytail. For me to slick my hair back in a ponytail, I have to make sure it is dripping wet, put in conditioner, put in a smoothing cream, put in gel, and then struggle with trying to smooth it back with a brush. I can make this last a week with a little touch-up, but it probably wouldn't last a day if I had to sweat a lot. It would be too much of a hassle for me to wash my hair ever day, and people with my hair texture shouldn't. I wonder, when the military got the input of enlisted black women, did they only ask black women with relaxed hair? 


No one should ever have to put toxins in her hair for a job, especially for a government job. I understand why white people don't understand why these new regs are a problem because they have this misconception that our hair can be easily straightened like theirs. My assumption for why some black people don't see a problem is that they have been relaxing their hair for as long as they can remember and don't know what it's like to have natural hair. 


The military's lack of respect for black hair ties into its general lack of respect for diversity. Do people not see how this is all connected? From sexual orientation, to gender, to race; the military does not have a history of being tolerant. 


All of this reminds me of two situations that happened at high schools in my city. The first was when a black boy was threatened with expulsion if he didn't change the color of his bleached-blonde hair. See, white people could wear any hair color as long as it occurred naturally in humans, but black people weren't allowed to have blonde hair because it's not natural for us according to them. The second situation was when a Hispanic girl was threatened with suspension if she didn't change her blonde highlights. According to the school, people of Mexican descent can't have blonde hair even though it's a fact some of them do. 

1 day, 22 hours ago on Has The Army Declared War On Black Women’s Hair?

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@LadyHumor  I'm sorry, but that is a pitiful exam for middle schoolers. Physics is almost pure math, and that test whittled it down to a writing assignment on a small part of physics. It's really not that difficult to regurgitate Newton's 3 laws and come up with examples of things falling out of a tree, a slinky, and a bowling ball rolling down an alley. 

6 days, 22 hours ago on African vs. African American: Can We Still Legitimately Claim Racism When Folks that Look Just Like Us Come Here and WIN?!

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@Public123  While I do think many people hold themselves back, what you said is true. You can't compare the few immigrants who come here to the whole African American population. They are no better than the successful African Americans we do have. Many middle and upper class Nigerians come to the U.S. for college. The vast majority of Nigerians are dirt poor and will never make it to the U.S.

6 days, 22 hours ago on African vs. African American: Can We Still Legitimately Claim Racism When Folks that Look Just Like Us Come Here and WIN?!

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"You wanna wear lipstick. You could have gone natural with your lips cracked and dark like you are..."


Not today. 

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Video: Singer Dencia Says on Camera, “White Means Pure.”

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@Dandelion100 @onmywayup  Yep, it's the rapper and music mogul Baby. Lil' Wayne calls him his father. 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on OMG No Words. (NSFW) Well…Maybe This Could Encourage Thug-Love Down Lows to Come On Out.

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@SirLoinDeBeef @Christelyn  As I mentioned in the other thread, there are the Pearls from Tennessee. They wrote a book called "To Train Up a Child." They do have a following of thousands of white people. It's a book that's supposedly based on the Bible, so things like this often attract white people from the Bible Belt and other highly religious, highly conservative regions. I would argue that the black community's strong belief in whipping children, as well as many other things, is rooted in southern, white culture. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Video: Okay I’ve Had Enough! Black Parents, You’re Not Superior for Beating the Snot Out of Your Kids!

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@Chicago404  Yeah, I'm not really wanting to scream about this either. From what I can tell, that picture isn't advertising how the women at Planet Fitness look or are supposed to look. It was from their commercial parodying how intimidating some gyms can be. I also heard that Planet Fitness has up signs that say no spaghetti straps are allowed. The Planet Fitness employee should have just handled this better. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on A True WTF Moment…When a Gym Manager Tells a Black Woman She’s Too Fit.

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Now, this will get you arrested...depending on the cop who responds. This will definitely get Child Protective Services to come out. 


Black people aren't the only people who beat their children. I'm sure physical abuse is very common in many other parts of the world black and non-black. The problem is that African Americans often brag about beating their children in public and criticize white people for not spanking their children enough. There is no proof that all of this child beating has done any good. When someone sees a black child or any child acting out, the automatic assumption many African Americans make is that the child has never been spanked. I can assure you that our prisons are not filled with people who have never received corporal punishment. Bible-thumper, southern white people can also be like this. I know because I live around them. One even blamed the increase in crime on less spanking. Many of them want paddling back in schools. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Video: Okay I’ve Had Enough! Black Parents, You’re Not Superior for Beating the Snot Out of Your Kids!

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@LovelyLulu  He's from Houston. Most of the southern rappers are terrible. 

3 weeks, 5 days ago on OMG No Words. (NSFW) Well…Maybe This Could Encourage Thug-Love Down Lows to Come On Out.

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The Pearls has thousands of followers. The last I heard, 3 child deaths were linked to parents who used the techniques described in the book "To Train Up a Child." The Pearls say that the parents took their advice to the extreme, but this is what happens when people who aren't scientifically trained in behavioral science and counseling give out the advice on how to beat children. 


"Some of the discipline techniques the Pearls teach include:

  • Using plastic plumbing tubing to beat children
  • Wearing the plastic tubing around the parent's neck as a constant reminder to obey
  • "Swatting" babies as young as six months old with instruments such as "a 12-inch willowy branch," thinner plastic tubing or a wooden spoon
  • "Blanket training" babies by hitting them with an instrument if they try to crawl off a blanket on the floor
  • Beating older children with rulers, paddles, belts and larger tree branches
  • "Training" children with pain before they even disobey, in order to teach total obedience
  • Giving cold water baths, putting children outside in cold weather and withholding meals as discipline
  • Hosing off children who have potty training accidents
  • Inflicting punishment until a child is "without breath to complain"

http://www.examiner.com/article/another-couple-found-guilty-of-murder-for-parenting-by-to-train-up-a-child 

4 weeks, 1 day ago on DISGUSTING! Father Beats 13 Year-Old Girl, Mother Watches, Records and Calls Her Daughter a B*tch

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For those of you who don't believe me when I say states will often do nothing, take a look at this judge as an example. He was temporarily suspended when this video surfaced and reinstated back to the Texas Supreme Court. He handled juvenile and family cases and just lost his seat 3 years later. This is considered acceptable behavior by many in the Bible Belt. And, his daughter has cerebral palsy.   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0ndt7ODAMw


4 weeks, 1 day ago on DISGUSTING! Father Beats 13 Year-Old Girl, Mother Watches, Records and Calls Her Daughter a B*tch

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That is perfectly legal in Texas. It might be legal in a lot of states. People have the misconception that spanking or whipping your child has been outlawed everywhere. That is not the case. Child abuse laws can be rather vague, but charges will usually only be filed when the child is put in real danger of harm, is being neglected, or has been seriously injured. In cases like this, police officers will often cheer the parent on. I've heard of cases where the cop volunteered to hold the child down. Many police officers and judges are like this with their own children. 


I guess I'm one of those "liberals" who thinks that whipping your child isn't the best idea. This is quite common in the black community, and it hasn't helped with our OOW and incarceration rates. I'm of the belief that whipping only teaches fear and violence. It doesn't teach your children to logically think about whether what they're doing is right or wrong. It just teaches them that, once they leave the household, they are free to do what they want to do without having to worry about you beating them. 

1 month ago on DISGUSTING! Father Beats 13 Year-Old Girl, Mother Watches, Records and Calls Her Daughter a B*tch

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@onmywayup @Tammy_Ghalden @Swirlgirl28  With the whole theme of fetishizing going around here lately, if one wants to see an example of a group being fetishized, that's it. 

1 month ago on Tired of Feeling Like the Dude? BB&W Fan and Friend, ‘Nicole Abundance’ Gives Lessons in Femininity

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@Christelyn  For me, I'm not really bothered by these types of articles, but I feel like all of the focus and responsibility in this regard is put on the woman. To be honest, a lot of men these days are rather effeminate. If you want to get into some New Age stuff about feminine and masculine energy, I think it's difficult for a woman to be feminine with an effeminate man. Women will step in and fill the void left by men who don't handle their business. 

1 month ago on Tired of Feeling Like the Dude? BB&W Fan and Friend, ‘Nicole Abundance’ Gives Lessons in Femininity

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