Interracial marriage and physiology..this is for a paper - page 4

by nvsmom

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I have been looking all over the net for sources regarding interracial marriage and physiology. I'm supposed to create a paper on this and don't really know where to start because I can't find anything. Only stuff I find is on... Read More


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    You dilemma in writing this paper makes me thankful that I am not in school anymore! Good luck to you!
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    I had my first day of nursing school on Thursday. NO PAPERS FOR US!!!!
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    A big issue to consider is how many people are "sure" that they are only of a certain race.

    At this point in history, it would be close to nearly impossible, in most places to find subjects for study that are "pure" bred in any sense of the word - I mean, how many generations do you want to certify to ascertain that one is of a certain race, before allowing an accurate study of physiologic differences.

    Beyond places with very segregated populations which physically limited interbreeding (I believe, Iceland or Northern Finland/Norway, or parts of the isolated S.America, S.Africa, or isolated Australia, Mountainous area of Central Asia), most of us can be pretty assured of having intermixing somewhere along the line. And those populations are hard to study, due to various limitations.
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    Quote from crazierthanyou
    my children are biracial. i was in walmart with my daughter a while back and this lady walked up to me, got right in my face and exclaimed "oh, i just have to ask: is she yours?"
    good friends of ours have been fortunate enough to adopt five multi-racial kids of varying races and she is aa, while he is caucasian. they never fail to get remarks when they go out together as a family -- mostly positive. i can't top the name the six year old's friend gave the family. the united nations family. out of the mouths of babes...

    Quote from retrn77
    what a nimrod.

    we have a natural child and an adopted one. neither of us are blue-eyed blondes, but both our children were when young. i have olive skin and black hair (um, had, lol.) i always dreaded people would say things like that to me. strangely enough, they would always tell me how much the kids looked like me, when my husband is the fairer one. one person could not believe it when i told her the second one was adopted. i wish if people had to comment on such things, everyone would get the sort of comments i received, and everyone else would just shut up.
    methinks the gene pool needs more bleach. my mom said once, she wished she had been able to carry a couple of muzzles in her pocket sometimes.

    maybe he wants the class to explore their own racial composition. my husband had a student several years ago who had to explore his background for another class and make a family tree from what he discovered. he dug and dug despite extraordinary resistance from his mom. when the facts just didn't add up, he asked each sibling and parent to have their blood typed along with him. he and hs dad got quite a shock!

    his mom had had a brief affair and this young man was the end result. john (not his real name!) dscovered he was half caucasian and one quarter aa and one quarter native american. quite a shock
    for a nineteen-year-old! he ended up taking a year off and getting to know his new family. it was quite a surprise for them too. his mother and dad ended up divorcing and he mantains his relationship with the man he thought was his father, but has broken contact with his mom.
    Last edit by sharpeimom on Aug 21, '10 : Reason: typo
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    Quote from sharpeimom
    good friends of ours have been fortunate enough to adopt five multi-racial kids of varying races and she is aa, while he is caucasian. they never fail to get remarks when they go out together as a family -- mostly positive. i can't top the name the six year old's friend gave the family. the united nations family. out of the mouths of babes...


    that is g r e a t !!!!
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    Quote from CrazierThanYou
    That is G R E A T !!!!
    haha, I like that for some reason! That's a name I will call my family.

    Oh thank so much everyone for your advice, stories, experiences, and tips...I received an A!!!!!
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    That's great nvsmom! To be honest I found the topic somewhat cringe-worthy at first due to it's possible reference to the garbage spewed my certain groups.

    I just can't wait for the day when mitochondrial DNA testing is more common and affordable. Now me, I'd be thrilled to find out if my "race" had some representation from all the little check-box categories under "ethnicity". Especially "other"
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    Quote from CeilingCat
    My gut reaction is that your professor doesn't understand what an outdated term "race" is, when it comes to medicine. Or perhaps he's still promoting racism is by teaching students to classify people into race pigeonholes? Debating with him probably won't help though. So if it were me, I'd just BS something about recessive genetic diseases. Good luck to you!
    I disagree.

    Race is still a major factor when it comes to determining not also risk factor (high or low) for certain diseases or conditions, but the two links that were posted by another member had an article on bone marrow transplants and how this was getting to be an almost impossible task for some mixed races because it was impossible to find a match.

    Race is not an outdated term. Race and ethnicity are not the same thing. Everyone has a race and everyone has an ethnicity.

    However, what determines race is up to the individual. If one of my parents was black and the other one was white and my skin was black then there would be nothing to stop me from checking "Caucasian" when someone asked me what my race was because the truth would be, it's 50/50, no matter how many strange looks I got.


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