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    I've got a question for the hairtipsforme naturals: Since wearing your hair natural, has anyone ever questioned your nationality? In other words, has anyone ever asked you if you were an American? I've been natural about 4 1/2 months (I'm rocking the fro as I speak and love it). During my second month as a natural, a fellow female at my university asked me if I was an American! As far as her nationality, she is from Jamaica, but I was just amazed because I was never asked that question the whole time I wore a chemical fire cream! But what her question showed me was that sadly, relaxed hair is so characteristic of Black women here in America. I guess when a person from outside sees a Black woman with natural hair, their country of origin is questioned. Can anyone else relate to this?

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    Yup...even more so now that I am growing my hair out...

    But...I have been questioned constantly long before that because I have stretched lobes (like the Masai) and was always rocking an almost baldy.....

    One white dude followed me around a drugstore one day and kept asking me if I was Kenyan......After I snarled "leave me the F)#&^ alone" he was finally convinced I was not...

    Where I am from I am usually mistaken for Fijian or Tongan.

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    I'ma start talking with an English accent while wearing my fro....might be interesting.

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    I get that only from African men. I'm sure it's the nappy hair.

    Them: "Where are you from?"
    Me: "Um, Jersey, by way of Mississippi." (Beyond that?

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    Now that I think about it...I never got questioned about my nationality until I went natural. I assumed it was because I was dark-skinned...but then I'd be like, "Well, one, dark skin isn't extinct (yet) and two, not all Africans are dark-skinned."

    I never picked up the black Chicago accent either so that's another reason.

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    I get it from black men because they think I'm carribbean.
    I get it from other folks because theirs just no possible way I'm american (black), I must be French or something but that stems from my way of dress more than my hair.

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    No. I need a nappy experience

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    Yes! I've been asked a number of times what country I am from but not because of my hair. For some reason I guess some folks don't think I look like an American. One guy told me that he was asking because I was so pretty that he thought I was from another country. At first I was just confused, but now I actually think it was kind of rude. People also ask me where I am from because of my name I've been told it's East African but as far as I know its a name that my grandmother kind of helped to make up.

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    Them: "Where are you from?"Me: "Um, Jersey, by way of...

    your hair in your avatar is ALL THAT

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    Yes, I am confused for Jamaican. People even ask me if I do drugs.

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    Nope... never got this one. Just asking where I was from in reguards to state. definitely don't sound like a texan... blech.

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    I was in the gym once and a guy argued me down that I was Brazilian.. I've been mistaken for West Indian on a few occasions..

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    Now that you mention name, I wonder too if that also had something to do with me being asked if I'm American. My name is very unique, and people are always asking me where I got my name from. It's origin is Italian, and I guess when people hear me say my name and look at my hair, that may cause them to wonder about my nationality. Interesting...

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    This has happened to me a few times..
    Once my hair was growing out from a bad dye job and it was in a big puff--a dude pulled over and asked if I was from Brazil (he was)
    Another time getting off the train-a woman was upset w/something and she began to say "Americans this and that" -(I think my hair and clothes confused her)I looked at her Ididn't say anything and kept walking.

    Then omce a Nigerian woman in a grocery store asked if I was from Europe.

    This has never happened before I went natural.

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    when i was a permie i got asked by east asians if i was east asian.

    funny story in college there was a girl who was from sri lanka in my year (i went to a small school). my name and her name were pretty much th same (i'm mesha she was marisha) we looked alot alike. we both played sports. anyway there was one girl on th floor who id talked to before it was the end of the school year she finally drummed up the courage to tell me how she always was impressed at my level of english. o course i was ready ty the smack down until i found out all that time she thought i was the sri lankan hick

    as a nappy id get it alot when i lived in ohio because people are kind of homogenous there. in nyc its whatever i could be venutian for all people care.

    i remember getting into a discussion with this eastern european guy who was trying to convince me i was born in africa or first generation american. he kept saying i had an old world look about me

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    funny story in college there was a girl who was...

    It's interesting that you mention Ohio. I'm from Ohio. That's where I live and where I go to school. I get so happy when I see another natural. There are a few naturals on my campus, but not too many. I was recently in D.C. and Maryland this past March, and it was almost a culture shock to see sooo many people with natural hair! It felt so heartwarming! I almost wished I lived there! It's a completely different culture compared to Ohio.

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    <_< STORY OF MY DAMN LIFE! I most often get Dominican and now East Indian lol which I think is hilarious. But I've also gotten Japanese, Trini, Jamaican, Guyanese, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, Salvadorian...

    i cant think of anything else

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    Quite a few have assumed I am Jamaican (not Jamaican but of St. Kitts heritage) or assumptions that I am rasta because I have locs

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    I have been asked that more times than I can count. I have had folks argue me up and down, too. I tell them I am from the west side of Detroit, and my folks are from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but they don't believe it. I was having lunch with a Zimbabwean a few weeks ago, and this older brother came to our table to ask where we were from....he used to run an overseas study program in Zimbabwe and S. Africa, so he had picked up on my friend's accent, but he insisted he heard one from me too...I think at times I sound like a round the way girl, or southern, or even a little valley (lol) but always American....I don't get offended though...

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    I got Ethiopian, half-Asian and Caribbean while relaxed and natural. I don't kno where the hell they get this from. Dude asked was I caribbean cuz I can dance really good. <_< Like "regular black" folks can't dance good

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    nope, plain old Jamaican

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    I got that one time - not too long after my big chop, I was sportin a TWA and a tshirt that said, "Gutentag, Berlin!" The brotha behind the counter at McDonald's asked me if I was from Germany. I said no, I'm from here (small town in GA on the Alabama border). Then I went to the post office and this old white man started speaking German to me.

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    Since I stopped wearing the lye nobody has questioned whether or not I was American. Now, when I wore the lye a lot of people thought that I was a Hapa or half Amerindian.

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    No one has ever questioned my nationality, but my ethnicity has always been a topic of interest. When I wear my hair straight, I've been everything from Samoan to Hawaiian to Puerto Rican to Asian mixed with Black. When my hair is worn kinky, I am often asked if I am mixed with white.

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    When I started wearing twists, I remember random brothers asking if I was from the Caribbean. I didn't get it...and still don't. And this guy from Mali asked me if I was Jamaican because I wore a puff. He CLEARLY has issues, though...

    Which leads me off-topic to this comment: The natural girl (and guys, for that matter) on College Hill be having some fly braided styles! Every time I see it, I'm all in the TV like op:

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    Not as a natural ... prior to that people just assumed I was either dominican or cuban ... actually ... they probably still think that ... they probably just don't say it to me anymore or just ask other people ... I'm sure that once they find out ... they're in more shock than ever ...

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    i cant think of anything else...

    Ummm so you are not Dominican, Puerto Rican or at least 1/2 Egytian????????

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    One of the things that I find cool about the way I look is that I can lie about my nationality. I can say I'm anything, as long as no one asks "what part?"...
    Someone said I look like I'm from Trinidad (when my hair was relaxed), and I'm thinking a classmate thought I was part Haitian because she asked if I spoke Creole. A hair stylist saw that my mom is Dominican (light-skinded) and asked if my dad was Jamaican. I have locks, so that could be it. Now that I'm studying French, I'm wondering if I could say I'm from Martinique or something... If I learn a little Portuguese I can say my dad is Brazilian.
    ETA: I want someone to ask me if I am part Egyptian! That would be so awesome.

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    Just once. I was in a bagel shop that is owned by a Jewish family, but, they have a multi-culti staff. Anyway, there was this guy in line who was from a country in Africa. I can't remember which one. He kept looking at me like he knew me or something. I got my bagel and walked to the bank. On the way back, he was still in the bagel shop and came rushing out to ask me where I was from. When I told him "CA", he kept asking me if I was sure! I thought it was funny. Actually, I felt like it was a compliment.

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    This one time at band camp... lmao, j/k. But I had a guy ask me if I was Jamaican and I had braids (extensions) at the time. This was like three years ago. And I think that was his way of sparking convo because he wanted to holla. :P And another time I was thought to be Dominican but I had extensions in that time as well. Never with my hair out.

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