Alex Rodriguez

by ethnic on November 6, 2009

Alex Rodriguez Signs Copies of His New Book Out of The Ballpark

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Birth Name: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 27, 1975

Ethnicity: Dominican Republic

Alex Rodriguez is an American professional baseball player. His parents are Dominican. He was born in the United States, but spent some time in the Dominican Republic in his youth. He is able to speak Spanish as well as English.

The majority of Dominicans, about 73 percent, are multiracial, while the remainder are of majority African or European descent. Rodriguez appears to be of mixed heritage, which would mean he possibly has African, European, and Native Taino heritage.

In a 2005 article on ESPNdeportes.com, Alex stated, “I am going to play for the Dominican Republic, and I am going to make the Dominicans feel proud,” in the lead up to the first World Baseball Classic.

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andrew September 23, 2016 at 6:21 pm

@ ethnic

if there are two pics, be sure to use the better one in featured posts.

xoxo August 27, 2015 at 4:53 am

Typical self-hating Dominican. All his girlfriends have been white.

cwm85 August 27, 2015 at 5:42 pm

So? Someone is self hating because they date white women? You got issues and need mental help if you feel that way…

LucarioCooper September 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm

Yeah, I hate that too. People who NEVER date within their own ethnicity is pretty insecure. Not saying that they’re 100%, but it’s a strong possibility.

guerra6 July 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm

So sad…african americans need an urge to call other dark skinned people like them because of racism in america. They need to feel belonged. If dominican isn’t a race nietheir is welsh, irish, german ect But no one one this forum has called that out have they? In america it is black and white. But your classifucations are not the only ones in the world and by far are the most racist. Just because someone is black doesn’t mean you are the same. The same goes for white skin tones. Dominicans are mixed. Some have more predoniment african features then others some are brown with “white” features. Some look very arabic. But then look at their parents or grandparents or even siblings and they all come in differing shades and predominent fetures. Why? Because Domincans are very much mixed. With africa, northern africa as well ( I seprate because African americans tend to originate from sub sahara africa) arabs and erupean. Just because you share similar complexions does not make you the same. African Americans, Domincans are mixed and like I said some more then others depending how long your family has been in Dr. Just like the us DR has also a lot of immigration in the last 30 years both from haiti and dominican-Americans going back to Dr. Question so what is a domincan born in america to you racist fucks called? Accept your own culture African Americans. Dubois speaks of this. Remove the veil. Accept and move on and only then will things improve in the world. Be the change you wish to be in the world.

fuzzybear44 July 27, 2013 at 6:10 am

@guerra6

(So sad…african americans need an urge to call other dark skinned people like them because of racism in america. They need to feel belonged)

Most African Americans probably don’t think about you guys at all.It’s not AA fault that you’re called black in the U.S.They don’t need to belong to you.It’s you guys,who come over here and get into AA stuff.You actors,do AA roles,instead of demanding to do Latin roles.Your singers come here and go into the hip hop life style,instead of sticking with latin stuff.Your athletes wait until they get famous,and pull a tiger woods on the little kids.Your models run right to the black peoples mags,instead of going to the latin ones.Then you have the nerve to get mad at AA, because you’re called black.

(If dominican isn’t a race nietheir is welsh, irish, german ect But no one one this forum has called that out have they?)

No those are all Ethnic backgrounds,and yes they have been talked about before

(But your classifucations are not the only ones in the world and by far are the most racist. )

Again,it’s not AA that are calling you anything,it’s the U.S.Also as far as being racist,you guys are right up there with them:
http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2010/7/8/36255/No-blacks-no-gays-Dominican-Republic-bar-sticks-by-its-ways

(Just because someone is black doesn’t mean you are the same.)

Now here you go calling yourself black,I supposed that’s AA fault to.

(Dominicans are mixed. Some have more predoniment african features then others some are brown with “white” features. Some look very arabic. But then look at their parents or grandparents or even siblings and they all come in differing shades and predominent fetures.)

No offense,but so what.Pretty much everyone in the diaspora is like that.Also AA have north African ancestry to.

(Accept your own culture African Americans. )

They have accepted their culture,and like I said ,probably don’t think about you at all

midori29 November 2, 2016 at 12:48 pm

@Guerrera I have traveled to the Dominican republic. Most Dominicans are black people with some white admixture . Some have Indian admixture too.

midori29 March 10, 2017 at 8:11 am

@Guerra 6 Alex Rodriguez is more than dark skinned, you can see that he has a large percentage of African dna. Many half black people ie. like Derek Jeter look like him There is nothing wrong with African dna and owning up to it.

GeorgeJeanPierre December 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

hes mixed. and that is BIOLOGICAL FACT.

Unite June 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Hello everyone, it is extremely interesting to read what all of you have written in regards to Dominicans. I find that many of you who are writing are uneducated when regarding to this race and their cultural background. We all are entitled to our opinions and believes, but when faced with facts we must accept what is and not be ignorant, as this does not help the situation. Dominicans are not African Americans; they are of African descent amongst other races that encompass their people. As a matter of fact many of my “African American” colleagues do not like to be called African Americans because they believe they are being stripped of their African heritage and cultural background and I am speaking of highly educated individuals with high ranked positions of power. I completely respect and understand this. Now with this said no one wants to stripped of their cultural heritage and who they are therefore, we must not speak ignorantly about others and do the adequate research pertaining to what we discussing so that we may do so intellectually. We should also be receptive towards others opinions and not offensive. We should never disrespect one another, because that is a demonstration of ignorance and a lack of education. Now regarding the Dominican race they are not just of African descent, they also are of European and of other descents. 75% of the race is mulatto meaning mixed therefore, Dominicans should not say we are white, we are black but they are entitled to say we are mixed because they are!
Having visited this country on numerous occasions for research purposes I found that the Dominican Republic is a tremendous melting pot! I came across a race with an array of colors amongst their people. Black, White, Brown, Yellow…you seen it they have it, this culture is extremely diverse and I understand why some of them so selfishly protect their identity culture because it is beautiful, this country truly has a rainbow of people. While on one of my trips there that was 3 months in length I came across, Salvadorians, Ecuadoreans, Chinese, Haitians, Italians and that is just to name a few. I was flabbergasted incredible; one of the wealthiest families in the Dominican Republic is Italian the Vicini’s they migrated there in the late 1800’s. There are also many Jews from Spain and other European countries that also settled there sometime in the 1700’s -1800’s maybe even sometime before it is uncertain, many intermarried. Jews then later again immigrated into the Dominican Republic during WWII as they were one of the few countries willing to accept the mass immigration of Jews into their country. This is just a bit of history the Dominican race is so diverse that we truly respect the fact that they are not just of African descent but that there race is composed of many other things and they are in all their right to not just accept their African descent but also Spanish, Arawack (inclusive of the Tainos), African, and French.
Chinese also immigrated to the Dominican Republic in the 1800’s it may have been sooner we cannot be certain. There are also many Arabs in the Dominican Republic. You see these people are truly a melting pot so we can’t be prejudice and want them or force them to accept one particular group because that is what we assume they are or would like to believe that they are, because it is not the case. If I were Dominican I would accept being told that I was just African and that was it because I would not just be African I would denying the other aspects of my culture, my heritage. To finalize we must respect others, their culture and history! We cannot and must not impose our ideas onto others wanting them to accept what they are not. Dominicans are a multicultural race they are not just African and we must educated ourselves not just on Dominicans but also all the races and cultures that we are surrounded by so that we may respect one another and become more knowledgeable on who are neighbors are. We should not be spreading hate and disrespect along with ignorance it is unnecessary and uncalled for. If minorities united more often than create these distances a lot more would get done. So please take that into consideration and color should not be a barrier for unification, Martin Luther King Jr. and many others lost their lives for a better America for everyone, know let’s not ever forget that!
And by the way Hipcat this is why I emphasize educating ourselves Senator Harold Ford mother was White but lived as a black woman due to the due to the one drop rule.
Hope this puts an end to the wildness I have read on here and may it pave the way for healthy interactions with people of all races, shapes and sizes.

Spread peace, love and education!

fuzzybear44 June 30, 2012 at 4:07 am

To unite

You keep calling them the Dominican race.That’s funny,because the last time I checked,there was no (Dominicans race).They have their own culture and history,but that does make a Race.There is only the human race(Homo sapien sapien).One species that comes in many different colors etc.Now my main problem with what you stated,was that you said Dominicans aren’t African Americans,well who said they were?I also want to know what you mean by that.I’ve heard Dominicans say I’m not AA so I’m not black,is this what your saying?You say Dominicans are 75% mulatto,(imo) I think some of them are lying.However AA are just as mixed,we’re not mixed the same(all colors, facial phenotypes etc).They don’t mind calling us black,but they don’t want it done to them (imo hypocrites).Also the statement

( my “African American” colleagues do not like to be called African Americans because they believe they are being stripped of their African heritage and cultural background and I am speaking of highly educated individuals with high ranked positions of power.)

I don’t know all AA’s,but I’ve never heard one say that before.Are these first or second generation AA’s?Because the avg AA walking around usually want know their African group.Also that’s the point of being called African American,taking pride in your African heritage(whatever it is).Also about (Senator Harold Ford mother),who made her live that way?Believe me,it wasn’t African Americans.

fuzzybear44 June 30, 2012 at 7:53 am

meant to say doesn’t make a race

Unite June 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

Without offending you I would like explain that the term race is used commonly by sociologist when discussing different groups. If it makes you more comfortable I can refer to them as simply Dominicans. It is a term used on a daily basis and it is quite shocking to me that you have not come across it. “The term race refers to the concept of dividing people into populations or groups on the basis of various sets of physical characteristics which result from genetic ancestry”. I do not know how far along you have come in your education but I suggest you take a few Race and Ethnicity courses so that you may further your knowledge on the matter.. if it is of your interest to do so. Now to address your second issue, I read somewhere in the replies a statement where Dominicans were addressed as African Americans if I recall correctly and am not mistaken this is why I made this statement. Also to reply to your statement of I believe many of them are lying…It is not a lie that Dominicans are mestizos and if it is something that is truly so important to you I suggest you do some research for your own peace of mind and not just any research online I suggest you find legitimate sources, for all your researches regarding any topic. You said “they don’t mind calling us Black” I think you should research why we are called Black. I don’t think Dominicans came up with that idea, lmao. White people call us Black, many people call us black all the time does that offend you? I think you have some serious prejudices against this particular group of people and that is unfortunate!

Regarding my colleagues it does not matter what generation they are, that is the way they feel. They are cultured individuals and they are entitled to their opinions as are you! The only thing I am saying is that we need to educate ourselves well so that we may not add ignorance to issues that we are faced with in our world. As for Harold Ford mother, I replied to a statement made, and as for who made her live that way you should know the same people that call us Black and then it doesn’t offend you.

As for your question “I also want to know what you mean by that. I’ve heard Dominicans say I’m not AA so I’m not black,is this what your saying?” No it is not what I am saying, lmao. Dominicans know they are of African descent but they don’t consider themselves Black because they are not just black, that is just a portion of who they are..Do you understand what I mean? The person who made the statement may have a bit of ignorance, we must also observe who statements are coming from because they might be uneducated or may still be in the process becoming educated, learning is a lifelong mission it never ends. Or they may very well know what they are saying to you but should have further their statement by explaining I am not Black but I have African descents and excluded the I am not AA therefore, I am not Black because that is an unnecessary statement and I understand why you may have taken some offense to that but I suggest you do not because as they further their education they will realize it or may not, who knows you shouldn’t lose sleep over it.

Listen I’ve come across many Dominicans who love their skin color and are not hesitant to share their ancestry. We are “de todo” We are everything is their usual statement in the Dominican Republic when I come across families there and ask them about their family descents.

Let me explain something to you everywhere you go, you will encounter prejudices and racism because they exists everywhere. You are talking about a particular group Dominicans but what about Puerto Ricans, Ecuadorians, Peruvians, Spaniards, even our own people are prejudice against one another I see it every day. I have come across many people who reject or are uneducated when regarding their whereabouts. Now we must not generalize an entire population because of the comments of a few people. I have come across many Dominicans who are proud of their African Ancestry, as a matter of fact Traditional Merengue is a folklore dance with some African roots and they are very proud of their culture and heritage and those who truly know their culture will let you know. It is just simply that they are a mixture of things and do not just want to settle for one, they want to include them and I truly do not see what is wrong with that?! I would do same thing why deny more other halves to just accept one? It would be denying who I truly am! They are what they are. I have come across many immediate families there those who have blond hair and blue/green eyes but their children are black or brown or yellow and I have come across again in the Dominican Republic dark skinned (black) Dominicans having blond white children but why is that, why does this happen because of their ancestry and their genetic pool. It is what it is my friend, they are what they are and they shouldn’t reject their whereabouts to accept just one portion of it, why should they to make a group of people who want them to say they are just Black happy? No, that would be a lie, why lie be what you are embrace it and be proud!

fuzzybear44 July 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Lets see condescending,trying to belittle my intelligence, oh and go
back to school.Yes these are the usual tactics,I see all the time.Now
I went out of my way,not to say anything negative about you.Yet right
away you took it to that level.However I’m not easily offended,so if
that’s what you like to do, go ahead.
Now back to the topic.I’m shocked that you would define the word
race(not understanding it),then try to deem the Dominicans as one .As
you stated yourself,they are all over the place(color,Phenotype
etc)There is no (Distinct features or phenotypic characteristics)Which
is why they try to say all (Black people or Asian people etc) look the
same,and try to group them into races.You don’t have this with the
Dominicans .On top of that,you still seem to have people who refer to
themselves by their original ethnicity(Chinese,italian etc)(I’m going
by what you stated).The people do not fit the Parameters of a
race.Also since others still refer to themselves
as(Chinese,italian,Arab,haitians),they don’t see themselves as one
race either.Now if you had said Multiethnic population or culture,I
would have never said anything to you.The statement your making,is the
same as saying the African american or Brazilian race.
Now this I should have cleared up,but I was trying to keep the comment
short.What I meant by lying,was that I was using the FGM idea,and I
didn’t think they all fit into that classification.That’s what I meant
to say.MGM is very easy to believe,The Avg AA is this.
Now I never said the Dominicans came up with the idea of calling us
black.
Now about your cultured colleagues.I asked the question,because I find
hard to believe that an AA person,whose family has been here for more
than a few generations would say that.This leads me to think that they
have only been here for a short time.Because as I stated,the avg AA
doesn’t know their African heritage.So how can being called an AA
strip them of said heritage,that’s why I asked.
Next,I don’t know where you got the idea I said Dominicans have to
call themselves black,didn’t say that.Now as for me,I am of Creole
heritage(with some asian and extra Latino mixed in).However just being
call black or AA doesn’t bother me.Doesn’t hurt my feelings,or make
feel like I’m rejecting my( white, asian,or native) heritage.I’m
stoping here,to much to debate about.

fuzzybear44 July 17, 2012 at 4:10 am

To Unite

Lets see condescending,trying to belittle my intelligence, oh and go back to school.Yes these are the usual tactics,I see all the time.Now I went out of my way,not to say anything negative about you.Yet right away you took it to that level.However I’m not easily offended,so if that’s what you like to do, go ahead.
Now back to the topic.I’m shocked that you would find the word RACE,read it,cut and paste it,and still not understand it.This is the true concept of RACE as it was created by those so long ago(Distinct features or phenotypic characteristics which result from genetic ancestry).Now I hate even using this term(RACE),because I know how stupid it is.However here are my examples to prove this point.
mongoloid race:(Please no one take offense,just showing a point)
Chinese man
http://home.adelphi.edu/~sr17712/Chinese-Man_article.jpg

Japanese man:
http://i2.asntown.net/5/a_japanese_man_has_broken_the_.jpg

Korean Man:
http://www.whitewolfjourneys.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/ilchileephotoformal-889×1024.jpg

Thai:
http://gb.fotolibra.com/images/previews/835958-thai-man-looking-smiling-sweating.jpeg

See Distinct features or phenotypic characteristics

Now lets see Dominicans:

http://www.enflyer.com/app/file_root/632/Images/Charytin1.jpg

Emily Yoshikawa:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_VAcnx9_DEvs/SJrThSHBo5I/AAAAAAAAFZU/QzhanmA7ohM/s1600-h/Emily-Yoshikawa-Japanese-Gravure-Busty-Idol-2.jpg

http://www.realsea.net/55_Sammy-Sosa/#2

http://static.wetpaint.me/kktny/ROOT/photos/460_340/dominican4-1063511703716986754.jpg

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/images/stories/large/2011/08/15/DDparadeIP.jpg

Do you see the difference in the concept.You stated yourself how they were all over the place,with(color,Phenotype etc)There is no (Distinct features or phenotypic characteristics)Which is why they try to say all (Black people or Asian people etc) look the same,and try to group them into races.You don’t have this with the Dominicans.On top of that,you still seem to have people who refer to themselves by their original ethnicity(Chinese,italian etc)(I’m going by what you stated).The people do not fit the Parameters of a race.Also since others still refer to themselves as(Chinese, Italian,Arab,haitians),they don’t see themselves as one race either.Now if you had said Multiethnic population or culture,that would be more accurate,and I would have never said anything.
The statement your making,is the same as saying the African american or Brazilian race.
Now about your cultured colleagues.I asked the question,because I find hard to believe that an AA person,whose family has been here for more than a few generations would say that.This leads me to think that they have only been here for a short time.Because as I stated,the avg AA doesn’t know their African heritage.So how can being called an AA strip them of said heritage,that’s why I asked.Also since you made this statement(it does not matter what generation they are),leads me to further believe that your colleagues families are fairly new here,and still holding on to their old homelands.

Oh BTW,I’m also of MGM heritage.So I am well aware of what family members of that type of culture mix can look like.

Jane January 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

He is a good looking person. I must say why are you all bitching whos more black. When the Dominicans are Spainish European and West African cultures mixed .The American blacks ancestors came from all over Europe. I do not know why people who are so proud of their white rapist. I am so happy I am Haitian I am not a rape baby thank you Jesus that my ancestors faught so their women would not be raped.

Yet7 October 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm

A crowd pic in NJ.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/192/55387794.png/

The Dominicans living in the East coast are pretty representative of the country since they’re from over the island and from the two most populated regions.

Yet7 October 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm

There’s a lot of variation among DR’s. It’s silly to say we look like certain group, you know.

Yet7 October 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm
Diggy January 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm

@ Yet7. LMAO, those people that you posted are a minority of the DR population. I’ve been throughout the DR even in the lightest regions, there are a considerate amount of dark skinned Dominicans like in Santiago. And in some cities they are the vast majority.

At least 50-55% of Domincans looked like this. Medium Brown skinned with predominant African features.

http://periodicoelfaro.com.do/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Movimiento.jpg

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_F3c4-72tnhg/RduV1VAFnuI/AAAAAAAAAKg/EAevK5kH5S4/s1600/pop+carnival+3.JPG

http://www.jematheson.com/dominican_republic_/carnival/images/P2270331.jpg

http://images.travelpod.com/tripwow/photos/ta-012a-ee24-2acb/los-ni%C3%B1os-felices-santo-domingo-dominican-republic+1152_13012572308-tpfil02aw-31814.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8BV3VZScoOM/TkbpzWb6x7I/AAAAAAAANto/VZYt7Kfg8C0/s1600/DSC_2479.JPG

The other 30-35% actually look more mixed.

And 20-15% of Dominicans look liked the pictures you posted

MANDINGO March 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

DOMINICANS ARE BLACK PEOPLE

with spanish decent

and ARGENTINIANS ARE WHITE PEOPLE

WITH NATIVE ANCESTRY

midori29 March 9, 2017 at 8:53 am

@Mandingo EXACTLY you are 100 percent CORRECT.

Yet7 October 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I wonder why all these African Americans why to portrait Dominicans as a Spanish version of them. You’re complaining about me making ignorant statements about AA but you are the ones who don’t know anything about Dominicans. You’re obviously not used to seeing DR’s.

In the Dominican Republic the level of admixture varies by region. The north(the most populous area of the country) is the most European and Native influenced. The East is the blackest region (minus the capital city which is a melting pot) while the southwest leans to the afro in some provinces and more to the euro in others, not to mention that is the second most native influenced region. About 53% of DR’s population is in the North. The East and the souhwest are not that populated. Only 8% of the country’s total population lives in the East and about 12% in the southwest. 30% of the country’s population lives in the metro area of Santo Domingo which is a melting pot. The East is the area of the country where most tourist spots are located not to mention that the majority of the Dominican baseball players are from there. But it is not some homogeneous jamaica-esque region. It varies a lot. Check this video-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ra-c-BSXOI&feature=related

The North (also called Cibao) has been historically the most populated region of the country, at one point just the province of Satiago had more people than the the entire east, plus the region is the cultural, economic powerhouse of the country. Check this-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cibao

Many people think small touristic towns represent the entire country . Those tourist towns, don’t even have an authentic Dominican culture, anyone who truly loves or wants to learn about Dominican culture/people should visit the towns of the interior instead, there they’ll find true Dominican culture in it’s purest form.

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yosi8844 May 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm

THANK U!!!! I just don’t UNDERSTAND WHY African-Americans Have the necessity to ALWAYS want to “label” US Latinos as “black” I’m DOMINICAN I have heard some of the most IGNORANT comments from Americans, especially African-Americans regarding MY people! My Advice, MIND YOUR OWN FAMILY HISTORY AND STOP posting Wikipedia-Education about people’s heritage! Seriously what is it to U who’s what and what is what!! Just MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS! And don’t opinionated on things U have NO KNOWLEDGE ABOUT!!!!!!!

midori29 March 10, 2017 at 8:14 am

@Yosi8844 Latino is NOT a race. There are MANY black Latinos.

Khriz October 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

AWoww alot of stupid ppl around here my name bn is khriz and im dominican my mom is dominican.black.skinn and my dadd is dominican light skinn, im lighter than alex rodriguex and all spanish ppl have mixed if ur live in nyc u can see alot of dominican black and white like milk

jay September 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

just saying if your gonna say every dominican black then what about the puerto ricans there more black then dominicans even if they dont look it and what about cubans you cant just put everyone into one cultural they are hispanic and im black just saying one of my best friend dominican and her family crazy and there not black at all they cant even speak english so that what you call black im black because my parent are from africa and im not spainish im not going to say im spainsh and im not going to say im dominican just because there dark im a pround lack girl dont need no one to tell me that dominicans have black in them there hispanic learn you thing before you start writing. ;)

midori29 March 10, 2017 at 8:15 am

@JAY Puerto Ricans are LESS black than Dominicans. The Dominican Republic is a very black island in denial.

Yet7 July 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

He doesn’t look African American nor Puerto Rican at all. Not even the darkest Dominicans look African American to me.

Amber Berg July 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

thats because you hate youself- we are mixed with the same things pal, read some history books- only your european blood/ white blood- comes from spain- we dont know where ours came from because because of our history with slavery in the US to erase our identity- ask your friend zoe saldna she knows dominicans are black! Now I cant say all Dominicans are black but most are mixed with African blood- which would be the same thing as an African American- Actually you Dominicans look alot more blacker and closer to Africans than African Americans – so stopping hating yourself!

Yet7 August 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Just because I don’t call myself black I’m in denial? Come on girl, I am mixed. I’m not going to deny my European and Taino roots to call myself “black”. And no, you’re wrong. Most African Americans don’t look mixed. The vast majority of you look pred. black. Mixed looking African Americans are overrpresented in the media. Most I see in my area look like DMX and Whoopi Belberg.

Yet7 August 22, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I meant Whoopi Golberg. Like half of the African Americans of my area look like her. The other half look like DMX and Kanye West.

Hipcat October 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Most Dominicans look like most Afro Americans. I’ve been to the Dominican Republic and I’m just a regular caramel complexioned African American and they couldn’t belive I wasn’t Dominican and didn’t spoke Spanish.

Most Dominican “Mullatos” or “Indios” you say look mostly of African heritage and do not look like the typical biracials I’m used to seeing in the US.

And that’s an ignorant statement saying that most Afro Americans look like DMX, when alot of Afro Americans in your area are of West Indian ancestry. Where I’m from in Atlanta, there’s a full range from almost White looking, to as dark as a African from Congo, and they all consider themselves to be black. Alex Rodriguez would not stick out in the Afro American community here in Atlanta, there are many African Americans who look like him.

Yet7 October 15, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I wonder why all these African Americans why to portrait Dominicans as a Spanish version of them. You’re complaining about me making ignorant statements about AA but you are the ones who don’t know anything about Dominicans. You’re obviously not used to seeing DR’s.

In the Dominican Republic the level of admixture varies by region. The north(the most populous area of the country) is the most European and Native influenced. The East is the blackest region (minus the capital city which is a melting pot) while the southwest leans to the afro in some provinces and more to the euro in others, not to mention that is the second most native influenced region. About 53% of DR’s population is in the North. The East and the souhwest are not that populated. Only 8% of the country’s total population lives in the East and about 12% in the southwest. 30% of the country’s population lives in the metro area of Santo Domingo which is a melting pot. The East is the area of the country where most tourist spots are located not to mention that the majority of the Dominican baseball players are from there. But it is not some homogeneous jamaica-esque region. It varies a lot. Check this video-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ra-c-BSXOI&feature=related

The North (also called Cibao) has been historically the most populated region of the country, at one point just the province of Satiago had more people than the the entire east, plus the region is the cultural, economic powerhouse of the country. Check this-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cibao

Many people think small touristic towns represent the entire country . Those tourist towns, don’t even have an authentic Dominican culture, anyone who truly loves or wants to learn about Dominican culture/people should visit the towns of the interior instead, there they’ll find true Dominican culture in it’s purest form.

Yet7 October 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I know African Americans varies but my point is that most of them are pred. African while most Dominicans are balanced mulattoes and triracials. As I said before, the average Dominican is about 50% European while the average African American is only 20%. Besides, there is a considerable segment of the Dominican population (about 25%) which is pred. European including descendants of Iberians and Canarians from the colonial times. Triracial Dominicans are the norm among the population. The native component among us is higher than the one among African Americans. The average Dominican is 5%-10% native. AA’s with detectable native admixture are a minority according to one study.

I have never seen an AA who looks like A-Rod because Alex has a very typical caribbean latino look. His euro component is mediterranean which make him look way different from mixed looking AA. And highly admixed AA are not that common either. It is a fact they’re a extreme minority. Alex could pass for biracial American though. In fact, in my area it’s very common for biracial Americans to get mistaken for Dominicans.

Yet7 August 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

By the way, have you even been in touch with Dominicans? Dominicans are way more European than African American (and more diverse). Most Dominicans are mulattoes and triracials. The average Dominican is only 42% African while the average AA is 80% Afro.
http://www.pnas.org/content/107/suppl.2/8954.full?sid=ca180063-8b4a-4618-90ce-e2738a96ec4c
Dominicans are 46% European, 42% African and 11% native American according to this genetic study.

And again, not even the darkest Dominicans look African American to me. At least not the majority. Our European component is mediterranean and yours is Anglo/North European. The only African Americans that can pass for Dominicans are the mulatto ones (like Beyonce) and those are an extreme minority. Someone like T.I. could pass for dark Dominican but T.I. doesn’t look typical AA to me.

J. Santiago September 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm

This is such an ignorant comment. For one, they didn’t even say he was Puerto Rican. They said DOMINICAN. Two TOTALLLY different nationalities. And how could you say that “He doesn’t look African American” and “Not even the darkest Dominicans look African American to me.” That is a very uneducated statement. African Americans come in different shades, so even lighter than white people themselves, so don’t even go there. And most black Dominicans are DARK-SKINNED! I know because I have been there. I can tell you right now that the black people there are darker than the black people that you would normally see here in America. They actually look closer to their African Ancestry than the black people here in America! Don’t go around posting these ignorant comments on the internet like that. Try to do something more productive okay?

J. Santiago September 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

And T.I. is lighter than Beyonce. T.I. is a lighter complexion than most Dominicans. And is Black by the way. Not Mulatto.

Yet September 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Amber Berg, why are you replying under another name?

Yet September 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Stop inventing stories because I’m pretty sure you have never been in DR.

Ugh. September 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm

He looks like he is definitely mixed with black, as plenty of other Latinos are.

midori29 March 9, 2017 at 8:56 am

@YET7 you are obviously either Dominican and in self denial,, you hae yourself or you have not traveled. The Dominicans I saw when I went there for a week looked AFRICAN period super AFRICAN not even African American. These lighter Dominicans do not accurately represent the Dominican Republic. There are more mixed looking black identified people from Trinidad and Guyana and other parts of the English speaking Carribean

midori29 March 10, 2017 at 8:19 am

@Yet 7 there are ALOT of African Americans who look like Alex Rodriguez and lighter. For Example the former Misss America, Vanessa Williams link
http://vanessawilliams.com/

phillygurl July 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

This has got to be the best looking man in all of Baseball. I thought he was Rican.

Amber Berg July 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm

he looks African American, then again alot of Dominicans do, since we are mixed with a lot similarities

Jennifer July 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I don’t know what percentage of which races came together to make Alex Rodriguez, but it was a perfect mix! A touch of this, a dash of that, a pinch of something else. Like grandma’s homemade cookies, you can guess some of the ingredients, but the exact recipe is a secret, and in both cases the end result is even more delicious than you could have ever imagined!

Bryan April 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

My entire neighborhood is Dominican and I’d say he looks like a typical one.

Fuzzybear April 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

To Bryan

Maybe of your neighborhood,the ones around here are darker

Bryan August 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Where do you live? I’m from an area full of Dominicans. In fact, the bulk of the Dominican American population is in my city. They’re the second most numerous Hispanic group around here.

fuzzybear44 March 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm

I live in los angeles

dude March 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

XXX. CORRECTION. He looks clearly mixed and looks to ‘leans towards european descent’. This does not mean he isn, you cannot tell someones genetic mix by looking at them, you may think you can but your wrong.

XXX April 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

CORRECTION. 76% of Domincans are MIXED RACED. 11% are of full African descendants, 16% of full European descent.

Alex Rodriguez is clearly mixed, but leans towards European descent over anything else.

J. Santiago September 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

These numbers do not add up. 103%? You obviously made this up, or you got this from some incorrect source. Try again.

logo March 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm

DOMINICAN PEOPLE ARE BLACK PEOPLE

THE 76 MIXED RACE ARE ALL BLACK LOOKING

THEY HAVE SPANISH DECENT BUT THEY ARE BLACK

———————————————————————————-

ARGENTINIANS ARE WHITE PEOPLE

BUT THEY HAVE NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY

RIGHT

midori29 March 10, 2017 at 8:22 am

@XXX Dominicans consider mixed differently. They can be 99% African and 1% white and they call themselves mixed. Do not go by statistics on racial demographics because they do not show outward appearence. I guarantee if you visit the Dominican Republic like I have you would think the people look like African Americans and they ALL DO MOSTLY

VeRoni January 16, 2010 at 4:45 am

I love his looks green eyes & dark skin

Hipcat October 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

It’s not that we think of ya’ll Dominicans as being a Spanish version of AA’s. But the fact of the matter is, the physical similarities between us is so obvious that you DR’s love to downplay and bring up racial % when it means nothing compared to how you look.

A Rod doesn’t look all that different from Senator Harold Ford.

http://assets.nydailynews.com/img/2010/01/12/alg_rep_harold_ford.jpg

While his look is not the most common in the AA community. AA’s who look like him are not rare.

Dominicans

http://caribbeandigital.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Parte-del-grupo-de-dominicanos-y-dominicanas-que-apoyan-a-Mejia-en-Virginia-EE.UU_..jpg

AA’s
http://www.fullerfamilyreunion.myevent.com/clients/75299/3270003_sta.jpg

The difference is not as big you play it out to be. A lot of those AA’s you see in your area are of West Indian descent and not ethnically AA’s, its the same way ya’ll say a lot of darker dominicans are haitians and not ethnic Dominicans.

Most Dominicans I’ve seen when I was in Santo Domingo looked racially similar to most African Americans and alot of them were darker than alot of AA’s even while looking “mixed”. I did see alot of light skinned triracials who resembled PR’s while I was in Santiago and Santo Domingo, but most Dominicans I saw looked like light and medium brown AA’s with a Spanish mixture. Zoe Saldana and Manny Ramirez look like a whole boatload of AA’s from across the country and those two were by far the common looking Dominicans I’ve saw.

I’d say there is a 50% overlap between African Americans and Dominicans physical wise, with the other 50% who look similar to Puerto Ricans physically.

But most Dominicans are dark, you can’t deny that.

yet7 October 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Most Dominicans are brown and yellow. Dark people in DR make around 25%-30% and majority look mixed. The rest of the population is a balance range of real mulattoes, pred. european mulattoes, brown/yellow triracials, white skinned triracials, quadroons/octoroons and whites, though real whites make no more than 10% and most tend to be upper class.

I think the ranges of looks among Dominicans is wider than the one among African Americans. That’s why we can’t overlap all the time. I know a lot of DR’s can look like AA but to say we all look like them make no sense to me. That’s like saying Dominicans look like Puerto Ricans when a lot of DR’s can’t pass in PR. Most light skinned AA’s seem to have their own look. I think people like Corbin Blue, Chris Brown, J. Cole, Quincy Brown and T.I. could pass for typical Dominicans but not people like Common the rapper for example. Not saying he can’t pass, it’s just that he doesn’t look typical DR to me.

midori29 March 10, 2017 at 8:25 am

@Yet 7 please stop lying you are counting on the fact that MOST people do not travel. You forget there is such a thing as google and MOST intelligent people can Goggle “Dominicans” and see that you are lying. The percentages of dark and light apply to ANY black African mixed population outside of AFRICA.

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