hispanic and white child

Susan Faith - posted on 06/14/2012 ( 143 moms have responded )

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ok i am sorry i am new at this site so i have a few questions about my daughter. i have never had an hispanic child before and alot of people are saying that my daughter isnt hispanic because she is to white has light brown hair and blue eyes. when she was born she also had blue eyes but jet black hair. but her dad is hispanic but in the whiter side except for where the sun hits. i am a white woman and i am just wondering if a hispanic man and white woman can have a child who looks more white than hispanic i guess.

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Becky - posted on 06/24/2012

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Why does it matter? My kids are bi-racial, I am white my husband is African. My boys will tell you race has never been an issue. We live in the city, so maybe that makes a difference. Just love your daughter and don't worry about what other people say. I have had people 'assume' that my kids were adopted because they look more like their Dad. Be happy she looks like you :)

Tonya - posted on 06/24/2012

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A child's physical attributes don't matter, if they have a hispanic heritage then they HAVE a hispanic heritage. My heritage is not just white--it's super white. My husband comes from a hispanic/polynesian heritage. Our kids have dark hair, dark eyes, and very pale skin. I encourage them to embrace their heritage from both sides--but they prefer my husbands side since they have better food and funner parties. Outside of our family, people often tell us there is no way our kids are hispanic, but we know where their genes come from--no matter how white they look.

Jennifer - posted on 06/24/2012

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You have a child right in front of you... unless you don;t know who the father really is this shouldn;t be a question. Genes mix in different ways every time. If you have another child it could end up looking hispanic all the way. It really is a roll of the dice as to what you will get.

Lina - posted on 06/24/2012

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I think you have to first remind your daughter that no matter what color her skin is she Is your husband's daughter. My cousin has two daughters the youngest of them is white with light brown hair. And the oldest is dark brown skin and dark brown hair. She is also dark brown skin n people used to ask her she was the baby sitter. She proudly used to say " no that is my daughter and the reason why she is white is due up her grandfather. ". Always remember that many times ur kids can inherit their grandparents genes too. :0)

Kateri - posted on 06/23/2012

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I am white and my children's father is hispanic. My kids all have brown eyes and skin that is darker then mine. However they have a grandfather, born in Central America and 100% hispanic who has blue eyes and light skin! Everyone is born different.....looks are determined by genes and it is pretty much by chance which genes will become dominant in which child! People that don't know you have no right to tell you that your child is not hispanic when you know she is, that is their ignorance showing through. Someone once asked me if all of my boys were biologically mine because they look more like dad.....and I have been asked by complete strangers if they all have the same father because my middle son is darker, skin, hair etc then the other 2! Like I said IGNORANCE

TIna - posted on 06/20/2012

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Genes are a funny thing. I am a white woman whose ex-husband/childrens' father is Hispanic. I have one who is very fair and looks a lot like me, and another that is quite dark and looks more like her dad. Of course they are equally Hispanic. It's not in how you look. It's also important to remember that Hispanic is not a race. There are plenty of black Hispanics. There are also plenty of blonde blue-eyed Hispanics. So enjoy your children and enjoy the culture, and be happy that your children can be raised in an inclusive environment where differences are celebrated.

Isis - posted on 06/19/2012

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It never ceases to surprise me just how rude people can be. Having said that, and being Mexican myself, let me tell you in my family (mother's side) there is every color in the rainbow, starting with my mother and her 5 sisters (same parents all 6): From blond blue eyes, black hair green eyes, brown hair brown eyes, lighter and darker skin, you name it. And their children, and their children's children same thing has happened. Long story short, it probably has to do with all the mixed races throughout history. Remember that there are indians and spaniards, and spaniards had already mixed with the arabs centuries before. And then there were french invasions. So it's not surprising, our genes are pretty much a roulette, who knows what you get when you have a baby. So tell people to study a bit of history as hispanics come in every color in the world! =)

Mary - posted on 06/19/2012

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Anahi, if you read the comments you'll discover that you're not the only one who made that point. However, the others who did, did so without insulting either the the person who posted the question for discussion, nor the other commenters.

Anahi - posted on 06/19/2012

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I don't want to offend you (or anyone) but I think this is one of the most silly questions I ever read, and of course, ignorance can be seen here by far.... There is not such a thing as a Hispanic race... You are either Caucasian, Indian, black, etc. Now, according to the Merriam Western dictionary Hispanic means: 1. of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain or of Spain and Portugal/ 2: of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent living in the United States; especially: one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin... Hispanic is a term only used in United States, because normally you go by your nationality... Just because you are American, French or German does not mean that you will be white or black by default... In United States you will find people that is black, white, Indian (aka native American), etc., therefore, if the father of your child is let's say Mexican, then, depending of his roots he can be white, Indian (or the most common race in Latin America: mix of Indian and white), black, etc... Just as any other person from another country will be...

Sorry about the grammar but English is my 3rd language, I am still working on it.

Alisa - posted on 06/19/2012

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Listen, people today have no scruples, iam a white brown haired green eyed italian and my husband os hispanon the lighter side as well........ I have 3 beautiful children all different looking, pnt looks polynesian italian& my baby is white with brown hair with freckles. I consider them whitet italian hispanic, because that's what they are and that is what is there heritage..

Angela - posted on 06/19/2012

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my kids look like their dads, none of me is in them...but they are still my kids!! does this answer your question. don't give credit to any of the ''i know better'' people. just know that you have a picture perfect little one....that is all that matters honey. :o)

Susan Faith - posted on 06/19/2012

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i am sorry if i sounded racist that is not at all the way i ment for it to sound it was simply a question. i am sorry if i offended you Monique Weems-paulin i wasnt trying to offend anyone.

Monique - posted on 06/19/2012

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You sound very racist in your statements, your child is biracial.....not ONLY hispanic, not ONLY white but BOTH races. It really should not matter how"dark" or "light" your child gets or stays they are yours and that's all that matters. Secondly, if a doctor told you that your child's complexion was to be a certain tone simply because the father is hispanic I would question that doctor. There is no way to definitively dertermine a child of mixed heritage skin tone before birth simply because of the fact that gene selection is random and pulls from both of the parents total combined gene pool randomly, to create God's most perfect gift.

Mary - posted on 06/19/2012

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I have two daughters who are full-blood sisters... their dad is dark-skinned hispanic and my first daughter matches him... my other girl has brown eyes, but she's so light that people don't think they are from the same father many times.

Amy DuMont - posted on 06/18/2012

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My daughter is white and her ex-boyfriend is Portuguese. Their daughter looks just like her mother, white with blonde hair. Usually the darker skin and dark eyes dominate but sometimes it does not. I am white and my ex-husband, the father of my daughters, is Lebanese. The daughter above is one. My other daughter is darker, with dark eyes, more like her father. It is possible for a white woman and a hispanic man have a child that looks more white.

Frances - posted on 06/18/2012

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Ok so my husband is 3/4 Hispanic and 1/4 German (white). He came out "white" as compared to his immediate family. They just called him "guero" (white boy) all thru his childhood. In primarily Hispanic communities he was outcast for being white. But now as an adult, he looks more Hispanic. He is a bit darker, his hair definitely darkened. And he can't stand Hispanic people for how they treated him.

We now have 3 children. I am half Filipino and Irish. My son looks "white", my daughter looks Hispanic, and my second daughter looks Filipino. You wouldn't tell they belong to the same family. We have so many races in our little family that they are all kinds of mixed. And no we don't worry one bit about how they look. They are all gorgeous kids with great personalities. In my opinion you shouldn't worry how your little darling looks as far as race. She is what she is and she'll look how she looks no matter what. Focus on making her feel beautiful and confident no matter what any one says.

Laurita - posted on 06/18/2012

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Hi!

I am half white, half latino and while i look a lot like my dad, who is the latino, I am very fair skinned and basically figured by all to be white... my sister on the other hand has the beautiful olive skin and dark eyes. We both have dark brown hair, although i think mine is darker (she dyes hers so i don't know for sure anymore lol). So it's just a mixed bag :). Nobody believes we are even related most of the time lol! Funny thing is I was born looking more hispanic, with thick thick black hair, and i tanned very dark until i was about 12. My sister was born looking like a litle white baby with very little hair. I have two children now and both were born with think black hair that fell out and is now lighter than mine, which is daaaark brown and my husbands which is black. One has olivey undertones and one is white as me. I know a family where the father is a dark latino and the mother is white with red hair- both kids are fair skinned with red hair! Genetics are fun like that. Enjoy your little one!

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im white and my husband is black and hispanic and our baby has brown hair with a red tint and is as pasty as i am. when we go out people look at us like there is no way thats his real father but my genes are just bigger than his i guess. so i wouldnt worry about it too much

Groovy Girl - posted on 06/18/2012

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Genetics are a funny thing. My husbands parents r both white. They have 3 boys. Two are fair and reddish brown hair, then there is my husband who has dark hair, skin and and eyes that look more oriental. There is a good possibility that somewhere down the line someone was oriental in the family,but it has to be a few generations back. It's pretty cool how that works. We have 2 sons. One has eyes just like my husbands, but he is fair. Lol. I think mixed children are beautiful.

Jennifer - posted on 06/18/2012

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My daughter is also hispanic/white.....Her father was half and half....So, technically she is more white than anything..lol..She also was born with jet black hair and blue eyes. She is now 6 and has brown hair and brown eyes..She has lt. brown skin (permanent tan, I call it) and gets dark brown in the summer.

Darla - posted on 06/18/2012

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My husband is Hispanic and I am white also. We have 5 children.....4 are darker skinned like their dad, have dark hair, and dark eyes. One of our children is fair-skinned, light brown hair, and blue eyed like me. So, YES, you CAN have a child who looks more white than Hispanic!!!! You also have to look at his side of the family. My husband has a lot of Spaniard ancestors....his great-grandmother was blond headed and green eyed so that can be passed down also!!

Christine - posted on 06/18/2012

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I had a friend, in High School that was fair skinned (really white) whith blue eyes and reddish hair...she got that all from her mom, because her last name was Rodriguez and her dad was very Hispanic. So, it is absolutely possible. Genetic lottery. They can get either of your characteristics. Congrats on having a healthy and happy little girl.

Anuhea - posted on 06/18/2012

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yes you can....and i feel so sorry for you that you even have to question the ethnical background and looks of your child;(.....here in hawai'i.....everyone is a mixture of EVERYTHING, so that is hardly the focus. i am the same ethnicity as my husband, though he looks much darker and hawaiian than i. we have one child thats light like me and another thats brown like him. our third looks like a mixture....and we'll see what the 4th looks like when he's due next month......hope this helps:)

Connie - posted on 06/18/2012

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Yes, your child could be light brown hair, blue eyes and be very white. My older son's dad is a white man and I am Hispanic and he was born with almost blond hair, blue eyes and fair skin. I also have quite a few nieces that are blue eyed and brown hair and have a Hispanic mom and white dad. We also have a niece that both of her parents are Hispanic and she has blue eyes, brown hair and fair skin.

Cindy - posted on 06/18/2012

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YES! I am 1/2 Hispanic and look more Hispanic than white but have 5 siblings and 1 of our sisters doesn't really look it ....another could pass for either my great grand mother who was Mexican had a sibling who died in infancy who had blue eyes and light colored hair....anyway anything is possible I suppose no one is full-blooded as one might think....

Sherri - posted on 06/18/2012

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Absolutely! I have 4 children. My older 3 are from my marriage to a Puerto Rican man. My older 2 look hispanic, the youngest looks more like me. It seems silly to me that people would say that to you, but I know how rude people are. The reality is she is a mixed race baby. She is Hispanic-white. And I am guessing she is beautiful! The next time someone says something point out that it doesn't matter what they think. :)

Diana - posted on 06/18/2012

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Absolutely! My cousin's wife's father is from Puerto Rico and very hispanic looking (dark, curly hair, dark skin, dark brown eyes). Her mother is of Polish decent (fair skinned, blue eyed, blond hair). Her features turned out to look almost exactly like her mother: she is fair skinned with blue eyes but has her father's dark, very curly hair. You would never guess that she is part hispanic just by looking at her.

Now, my other cousin's children have darker skin, straight almost black hair, but stunning gray/blue eyes like their mother.

Catherine - posted on 06/18/2012

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I am english and white with dark brown hair and my husband is dominican and quite dark with black afro hair. my first son was born white (but tans easily) with blonde hair in very tight curls, similar to his dads afro, my second son has been born alot darker with dark brown hair that is straight like mine. Both children are completely different to eachother but look alot like me and my husband in equal amounts. No matter what they look like if their daddy is hispanic they will be part hispanic and you can pretty much guarantee they will be beautiful as all mixed race children are!!!!

Crystal - posted on 06/17/2012

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I have a son that is Mexican/French/Italian and he looks WHITE! I love that he looks like his father:) I am Mexican and proud! His hair was a light blonde til' he got his first haircut now it is light brown with blonde highlights. It doesn't matter to me what color my baby is he is a beautiful healthy boy!!!

Stephanie - posted on 06/17/2012

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This baby just takes more after you. I'm what (like fluorescent white), DH is black. ODS is as light if not lighter than me (if that's possible), DS2 is quite a bit darker - but still looks 'white', YDS is quite dark - in the summer could probably give DH a run for his money, but doesn't necessarily look black (DH is light - I guess brown, but has the AA features - tight curly hair, broad nose, etc). DD is under 1 so her coloring may still change - but for now she's very light - but a bit darker than ODS.

Melissa - posted on 06/17/2012

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Sure they can, and if yo have another child it could look more hispanic than white.

Amber - posted on 06/17/2012

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I have three kids and all are half mexican. I am white. My oldest and youngest have blue eyes and blonde hair, fair skin and freckles, my middle one is tan with brown hair and eyes

Mary - posted on 06/17/2012

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Yes... My mother is from Havanna, Cuba & my Dad is from Portland, Oregon (Irish heritage). I have fair skin, dark hair & eyes. However I have 1 sister who has fair skin, bright red hair & green eyes, another who has fair skin, lighter brown hair & hazel eyes. My youngest sister is the only one of us who has olive skin. She has light brown eyes & dark hair.

Not all hispanics have dark hair & olive skin. Until the Middle Ages & the Moorish invasion of (mainly Southern) Spain, spaniards were mainly fair-skinned like other Western European nationalities, especially Central & Northern Spain. The olive skin (which I think is beautiful) became more common as the Moors & Spaniards interbred. Many Carribbean, Central & Latin American hispanics may have ancestry from Spain, France, Great Britain, Native Central & So. American tribes, as well as Africa, Portugal, China, Germany and/or Lebanon, since there are many historical ports of trade throughout the North, Central & South America.

I live in Texas and people here are more familiar with hispanics from Mexico, (And no not all Mexicans have dark skin, hair & eyes either.) I frequently encounter people who think the term "hispanic" describes a specific "race". It's a term that denotes a national and/or ancestral origin regardless of race. I don't mind giving a little personal history lesson to anyone who is curious about my heritage b/c of my appearance. I'm very proud of my heritage. However, I despise people who assume they know everything about me, based on my appearance.

BTW, my hubby is of Irish & Native American heritage. Both my kids have fair skin & freckles-though my daughter does tan well. My girl has reddish-brown, thick curly hair & blue eyes. My son has straight dark brown hair & green eyes. I love that I can see all the flavors of their heritage in them. Sounds like you have a beautiful daughter as well.

Tracey - posted on 06/17/2012

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I responded below, but I have two really good examples:



One of our neighbor families is a mom with Aztec and Spain-Spanish roots. She married a guy whose family came to Mexico from Italy right after WWII. His mom's French and his dad's Italian.



They have three daughters. The oldest is very pale, with blue eyes, and lovely, curly brown hair. The younger two are both brown-eyed with very dark brown hair (almost black but not quite). The oldest of the two younger ones looks pure Aztec, while the youngest is a bit paler, but not as pale as the oldest.



In another family we know, the mom is of English and French descent, with a little Spanish. The dad is African-American (meaning he likely has a little European in his ancestry). The oldest child looks white, with light brown straight hair and dark brown eyes, built tall and lanky like his dad. The oldest daughter looks very much like him too, with medium brown hair and eyes. But the second son looks African American, although his hair is not curled really tightly and is very dark brown instead of black. And the youngest, a little baby girl, has black hair in loose curls that might grow out, very pale skin, and eyes that are so blue they're almost purple. Only the oldest two look related to each other, and they are the only two that look like their dad or mom. The youngest two don't really look like either parent.



The thing is, within a given population of people that's been reproducing within itself for generations, general things like skin color won't vary a whole lot. But once you start going outside that group, anything could happen. Doesn't matter if the original group was Viking or South American or Polynesian or what. It's like Forest Gump said: You never know what you're gonna get.

Linda - posted on 06/17/2012

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Hi Susan!! Of course,Hon! It is all Genetics!!! The Castillian Spaniards have light complexions with blond hair and green to blue eyes. Your next child might favor your Husband's coloring. I would not worry about "color". HUGS!!!

Gabrielle - posted on 06/17/2012

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Latinos are a blend of European (Spanish or Portuguese, sometimes French) and native Latin American, so we can look like anything in that range. I'm half-Mexican and I'm in between my parents in skin color, with dark brown eyes and hair. My aunt by marriage is Latina and extremely pale, with light hair. I think a lot of people who are talking to just have no idea what they're talking about, and going solely by stereotypes.

Heather - posted on 06/17/2012

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My husbands puertican and I'm white. My son is very white and has blonde hair blue eyes. Everyone asks me if its my husbands kid. Very annoying!

Amy - posted on 06/17/2012

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Thats crazy , lol hispanics can be of European descent with lighter hair and skin eyes, etc..and they can be with Indian features! i have a hispanic husband and his family are European hispanic , he is darker and his brother is totally white , lite eyes etc...

Kelly - posted on 06/17/2012

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I have two beautiful, blond, blue eyed half hispanic boys and their skin is lighter then mine (and I'm irish). I even have dark hair! They look nothing like either of us and exactly like each other!

Amy - posted on 06/17/2012

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Absolutely. I have 5 of my own (I'm Mexican; their dad is white. The girls look darker now cause they dye their hair and wear makeup, but the boys are pretty white. Hardly anyone believes that they're half Mexican, so when we go to school functions and show off me and my parents lol. They say "see? I told you I was Mexican!"

Rosa - posted on 06/17/2012

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My daughter is white as a ghost people don't think she's my daughter other than the fact that she looks just like me. Both my parents are dominican so I have the olive skin dark hair and eyes. My youngest daughter looks both white and hispanic it funny. She has the olive skin, she's actually darker than ME both kids dads are white. So it all goes down to your genetic mix. I have 6 sisters and we all vary in skin tones so Even having both hispanic parents some of them are white.

Mary - posted on 06/17/2012

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I have two children and their father is Puerto Rican and I am white. My oldest child has dark skin, eyes and hair. My youngest has light skin, hazel eyes and light brown hair. Most people do not think they are related. I am questioned alot about whether they have two different fathers. I don't care what anyone else has to say. it is really none of their business. Just ignore those people who tell you she is not Hispanic.

Marli - posted on 06/17/2012

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It is not about the way your baby looks. My family is very complex as well, My husband is bi-racial (white and african-american) and I am latina with dark skin. My husband is a little bit lighter in skin complexion than me. My great grandmother on my mother side, was from Spain with blond hair and blue eyes. My father's side has the dark african/taino roots. Anyways, I have 2 children. My daughter who came out looking like my father, even darker than me. Then my son came along looking white as it can be. He has gotten darker now. He looks just like my husband but with lighter complexion. Now if you asked me are they hispanic? I'm going to say yes, because is about how I'm raising them with my culture even though they are Americans because this is where they were born. It will be their choice whether they want to call themselves american/hispanic/mix-race/etc. as they grow older. But again in our world now days we are so mix, I just hate the race question because I can write and essay about it.

Amy - posted on 06/17/2012

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I am a perfect example. Nobody ever believes that I am half Mexican. I have brown hair but my eyes are very blue and my skin very light. My father had black hair and dark brown eyes but I look nothing like him. It is so annoying when people are rude and judgmental about it. And most of it comes from people who are Hispanic. I look exactly like my mother. That doesn't make me more or less a part of my heritage.

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As a mexican/white mix, I look more mexican then white, but I have a son who is half with blonde hair and light skin.. I am more on the tan side but am really light in the winter... clearly you can tell im hispanic but looking at my son you cant... i have many people in my family who are whiter then my son and they are full mexican... I mean mexicans arent all the same... there are many different races of mexicans.. there are blacks and whites of mexicans too... like some are dark and some are light... some mexicans have black hair and some have blonde......

Sharon - posted on 06/17/2012

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Of course there are Spanish people that are fair skinned with light colored eyes. My great grandfather had blue eyes. Take a look at the Spanish novelas or any entertainment magazines and you will find there are any combination of features in the people featured. Not all of us are brown with dark features. There's no such thing as "too white". I was a "dirty blonde" as a toddler. Now my hair is a mix of brown with little hints of red & blonde highlights, depending on sun exposure. Color has nothing to do with being Hispanic. We come in all shades & sizes.

Tracey - posted on 06/17/2012

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You have to remember not only genetics but that in South America, there are plenty of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and even Germany. When you look at the population of Mexico, for example, you'll see blondes with either brown or blue eyes, as well as some redheads. You'll see people with very pale skin, too.



See, way back when, the nobility of Europe married in amongst itself, so that a Spanish nobleman could have a Dutch daughter-in-law (actually very common at the point where Spain was ruling both Holland and Austria--not Australia, but the Sound of Music country). So there's quite a lot of paler skin, hair, and lighter eyes in Spain. And Spain was ruling Holland right around the time they were also colonizing Central and South America.



See? History and science do have some use.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2012

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I have read so many peoples posts on here. It is right...The genes from one parent is more dominant than the other. I know of a man, whom is white and the wife is mexican. They had 2 children together, but they all looked just like mom. Didn't have the look of dad at all. See, her genes is what took over, compared to him.

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