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    Cyburbian Seabishop's avatar
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    Are you or are you not an ethnic stereotype?

    We at cyburbia are an enlightened bunch who do not engage in the various “-isms” that have plagued mankind throughout its history. No one here is discriminated against for their religion, ethnic background, sexuality, or thoughts on Scandanavian furniture.

    That said . . .Are you or are you not an ethnic stereotype?

    Be honest. Are you a hot tempered Italian, fightin’ n’ drinkin’ Irishman, uptight WASP, fat Samoan? Do you look the part?

    For me as a Jewish dude it goes both ways:

    Yes: I look the part but I don’t wear thick glasses. I’m not a jock. I tend to be explained as the “shy but funny guy.” I can exhibit Woody Allen-style self consciousness.

    No: I come from a poor family with no driven accountants, dermatologists, or marxist academics. We were probably the only Jews left in the S Side after everyone else left for the E Side or the suburbs. My father and grandfather were both stubborn slackers who refused to work for years at a time. I’m not good with money and barely understand anything financial. I’m not as politically liberal as most Jews. I do not control the media nor does anyone else I know. Oh, and I’m Catholic but that’s another story.

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    Hey I am for sure. I have a slavic temperment - short fused and can hold a grudge while revenge is plotted.

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    Cyburbian Queen B's avatar
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    As best I can find out...
    I am a mixed breed German, which doesn't mean alot of anything.( But I do hanker for BEER. But I like it Cold.)Poor hard working class germans.
    And since I can add this I will. As best I can tell my ancestors came over after the civil war having absolutely nothing to do with the slavery issue here. I always wanted to say that somewhere publically.

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    fightin’ n’ drinkin’ Irishman
    haven't been in a fight in 19 years (I'm 31) and haven't been drunk more than 10 times -I drink a beer maybe once a year and drink wine once in a while -not to get drunk -or buzzed -just to compliment a meal. I hate cornbeef and cabbage. And I'm not a cop in the north east.

    I do love James Joyce short stories. And I'd like a woman who appreciates a fine Irish table cloth. I would also like to be able to get a shamrock shake from McDonalds!

    this Irish man might be an uptight wasp.

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    This topic was explored a few months ago but didn't focus on stereotypes. Personally, I don't think I fit any in particular.
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    I'm adopted... but my parents know a little bit about my background since they had friends in the CA Department of Adoptions. It's such a mish-mash, including Scandanavian, Scottish, Irish, Italian, Native American and German. I think the highest percentage is Italian. I don't think I fall into any stereotype. Even my Canadian buddies up here say I don't fit the "American" stereotype.... but maybe they are just trying to be nice.

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    I'm a european mutt with heavy scottish and dutch influences. I guess you could call me a WASP.

    An ancestor of mine was responsible for the remarkably cheap real estate purchase of Manhatten Island from the native americans. Unfortunately, the proceeds from subsequent subdivision activity were probably spent on "beverages of choice" a generation or four before I was born.

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    hummm id have to figure out which ethnic group to put myself into

    jewish/german/spanish/native american/italian/scottish/english girl

    red hair, green eyes, high cheek bones and funny coloured skin-not alabaster but not olive.

    i work hard, hardly drink (though a glass of red is nice) i have a longggggg fuse but when i go beware man or beast will suffer my wrath

    read all the damn time and tend to date over educated men with law or science backgrounds

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    Well, I'm descended from English who were here in 1600 - 1700's, making that part of me American, but not WASP. The Irish Catholics who married into the American families held the religious influence. I guess you can say that I'm patriotic with a temper I finally learned to control.

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    I'm mostly German, but can trace my American roots back to the 17th Century. I guess I'm just an old school wasp, but I'm only 20, how can I be stodgy and stuck in my ways? Who knows, but I am. Blah!

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    Scotch-Irish baptist/anglican, Appalachian moonshiners decent - tempered with a little Black Dutch. If it weren't for my long honking irish nose, I'd look nordic - 6' 3" blond hair, blue eyes. I look like a walking talking punchline to a joke on BET's Comicview. But except for a love of beer and a dry sense of humor, I don't thank my personality fits an ethnic stereotype.

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    Let's see, I'm Swedish, Irish, Cherokee, English, Scottish, and Russian.

    I'm 5'11, brown hair, green eyes, short fuse, retaliation plotter/grudge holder, I can drink most anyone under the table, and I do have a smaller brit nose which I turn it up at some things..

    I guess I fit into all of my mutness-

    When Jesus said "love your enemies", he probably didn't mean kill them.

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    100-percent german. Fair skinned, fair-hair and blue eyes. Tall, lean, fit, and athletic. I am Aryan...I fit Hitler's ideal for the perfect race. Then I opened my mouth...
    "Dear Prudence...won't you open up your eyes? "

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    I am probably about 50% Irish with Scottish mixed in and have the temper to prove it. I would fight to the death if need be. I have the Irish quick temper and then after the temper tantrum, I act like nothing has ever happened with the person I just got in an argument with - I'd love to sit down and have a drink or dinner with them. However, I don't really drink but maybe a few times a year, but I do enjoy some good single malt Scotch and ciders.

    I am also English, Dutch, and Native American (Choctaw). I have enough Native American blood to claim it as my ethnicity, but since I look like a Swiss Miss > blond with blue eyes and extremely fair skin, no one would believe me.

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    From the other thread: Irish, English, German, Italian, and some canine DNA that allows me to sense fear.

    Yep, I have traces of the best and worst of each of these cultures. I do believe that much of our personality and inclinations are genetically determined.

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    I am about 50% German; some French and Bohemian thrown in - family names are Thom, Carrier, Fladung, Brant.

    I don't really fit into a stereotype based on ethnicity. I am female and proud to say that I can be a bitch - does that count?

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    I'm 1/2 with Nerudite (adopted, don't have a clue, though) and 1/2 with SW MI, the bitch part. All I know for sure is that I have very short ancestors.

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    There is no one ethnicity I identify with. There are zilch irish traditions that have been passed down in my dad's family, same with the scotch irish/colonial american on my Mom's side. I grew up in a new suburb thousands of miles away from any ethnic influences of my extended family.

    Am I a stereotypical American? I do not care not for porno flicks, hate most of the rubbish on TV we call entertainment. Care not for guns, or the size of ones portfolio. I like to think I am tolerant, respectful of foreign cultures and people, open minded, honest and forthright. I don't do revenge or grudge holding I let it all roll off my back. Though my moods can be black and brooding, but that's not the Irish its just me.

    Biscuit what's your definition of Black Dutch?

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    Originally posted by prudence
    100-percent german. Fair skinned, fair-hair and blue eyes. Tall, lean, fit, and athletic. I am Aryan...I fit Hitler's ideal for the perfect race. Then I opened my mouth...
    Ditto (except maybe too much beer and bratwurst lately). It's true for most of us Wisconsin boys. Seventy percent of the state has German ancestry. First we'll take the Upper Penninsula, then enter into a pact to divide Iowa....

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    Originally posted by prudence
    100-percent german. Fair skinned, fair-hair and blue eyes. Tall, lean, fit, and athletic. I am Aryan...I fit Hitler's ideal for the perfect race. Then I opened my mouth...
    Except that would require breeding to produce more hitler youth, and I just dont see that happening for you

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    Damn! I felt the stinging pain of that one down here.

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    Originally posted by El Guapo
    Damn! I felt the stinging pain of that one down here.
    A stinging pain down there could be an indication of a serious problem. Better get that checked out.

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    100% English (parents immigrated a few years before I was born), with some Scottish heritage going way back. One of my ancestors fought on the losing side at Culloden.

    I guess I'm more of a WAS than a WASP... I am a strange mixture of english gentleman and hoser, eh?

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    JEN:

    I'm not sure exactly sure if the background story is valid or not but my mothers side of the family is supposedly Irish/Black Dutch. I have several reletives on that side who have fairly dark skin and thick dark hair while the rest of us are white enough loose each other in a light snow. My mother claims that that comes from the dutch side who married either Creoles or slaves from the dutch caribbean. Thus Black Dutch.

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    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
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    First we'll take the Upper Penninsula, then enter into a pact to divide Iowa....
    I'm sure we'll put up one hell of a fight for the UP though

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