Post # 1
I had a very interesting discussion with my one cousin concerning our percentages of what we are. Here’s our story.
Three of our grandparents are German and one grandparent is Mexican.
Grandfather: 100% Mexican
Our Parents: 50% Mexican
And then US: 25% Mexican
That makes my cousin and I 1/4 mexican. That sounds right, right??
Now my cousins father, my uncle(the only sibling to be born there) was born in Mexico.
So put those two details together and he believes that he is half Mexican, instead of 1/4. He thinks that because his dad was born in Mexico, that makes him half Mexican.
I told him, along with another of our cousins, that this is not how that works. Having your dad born there doesnt make you more of a race. Right?
So blood he is 1/4, but on paper he insists that he is half Mexican because his father was born there. I told him that if his father was born in China instead of there, would that make him half Chinese?? He didnt answer.
Is the percentages of paper and blood the same thing? Gosh I hope Im explianing this right! Sorry if Im not.
The whole discussion confused the heck out of me. lol
Anyway, this happened months ago and no we arent discussing this anymore. lol… Im just wondering what you bees know about percentages and all of this. Any bees have knowledge of this kind of thing?
Post # 3
are both of your parents 50% mexican? or is only one? because if both were 50% then you all would still be 50%. example
My Mom is 50% irish… because
Her Mom is 50% Irish and 50% French Canadian (Mother 100% Fr.Ca. Father 100% Irish)
Her Father is 50% Irish and 50% German (Mother 100% Irish, Father 100% German)
So my mom is 25% Fr.CA 25% German and 50% Irish.
Or at least thats how I understand it all.
Post # 4
@Woodstock: No, our other parents are German also. No Mexican at all in them.
Post # 5
If three of your grandparents are Mexican and one isn’t, that means one of your parents is fully Mexican while the other is 50% Mexican. That means you would be 75% Mexican.
I agree that being born somewhere doesn’t have anything to do with your ethnicity. My brother was born in the US but he is still 100% ethnically Korean.
That being said, it’s kind of silly to be too pendantic about percentages when it comes to ethnicities, especially in the US, because unless you have an excellent family tree it’s impossible to know exactly what your bloodline has been throughout the years.
Post # 6
@Earlybride: what about HIS parents. are you saying his parents ahve the exact same heritage as you? basically to figure out his percentage I need to know both of his grandparents and parents percentages
Post # 7
@faeriehazel: No Im sorry. Three of our grandparents are German. One grandparent is Mexican.
Post # 8
@Woodstock: His mother is German too, like my dad.
Post # 9
is his mother fully german?
if so he’d be 50% german and 50% whatever his dad is. (so if his dad is half mexican, because his mother is german and father mexican his dad would be 50/50 mexican and german… making your cousin 75% german and 25% mexican)
to answer your initial question though.. I agree. My uncle isn’t Spanish because he was born in Spain.
Post # 10
@Earlybride: His father is 100% German born in Mexico? Yeah… you are right. His dad being born in Mexico doesn’t make him half Mexican anymore than his dad being born in China makes him half Chinese. My half white, half mexican cousin was born in South Africa… does that make her African? Nope.
Post # 11
@Woodstock: I guess you answered my question. Being born in a country, doesnt make you that. Thank you! That is what I was trying to tell my cousin. He is pround of his Mexican heritage and would love it if he was 100%. lol
Thank you for your help.
@faeriehazel: Your right. There are other races in us both, but those are the two that we are more of then anything else. So who knows what the true percentage is, but trust me, when you start talking about a topic with family, its hard to stop. lol
Post # 12
@MexiPino: Our grandfather is 100%, which would make our parents 50%(his dad,my mom).
Post # 13
@Earlybride: Oh ok. So his dad is half, born in Mexico? Still the same… 25% for him. The only difference is your mom was born… where? The US? Does that make her Native American? NOOOOOO. Your cousin is crazy.
Post # 14
No, being born somewhere does not make you that race. I was born in Puerto Rico and I am 50% Sicilian and 50% French. Blonde hair, blue eyes, fair skin. Not a drop of Puerto Rican blood in my body besides from being born and spending my first 2 years of life there.
Post # 15
Ok, bear with me.
As I am playing Devils Advocate here
(just having a bit of fun)
My Ancestors came from England, Ireland, and Scotland… and I am pretty sure there is probably a dash of French / Metis in the mix
BUT I don’t consider myself any of these elements…
BECAUSE I was born in Canada…
And as the majority of my Ancestors were born here, that is what I figure is my heritage.
The point being… at what point is there a change over from being one heritage to another ?
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This whole Heritage thing is fascinating for sure (witness the popularity of Ancestory.com).
BUT as the world gets to be a smaller and smaller place globally… with people going to and fro I think it matters less and less
Maybe we should all be calling ourselves “Children of the World”… for that is what we are becomming (lol, that is until folks go off and live, breed & populate space… not that far off now)
In reality, borders are not concrete things… they are just “thoughts”… I mean in my 50+ years I’ve seen countless changes where countries have come and gone (actually kind of mind boggling) the world today looks a lot different than it did in the 1960s when I first was exposed to Geography.
Not to mention that there are too many conflicts on the planet already that are (or have been) rooted in nationality, race or religion
So I’m all in favour of stressing these elements less than more. Because in the big scheme of things I don’t think they matter a lot… what matters is what the person is like on the inside… their head & their heart.