Blake Griffin

by ethnic on February 9, 2009

Birth Name: Blake Austin Griffin

Place of Birth: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 16, 1989

Ethnicity:
*Haitian/African-American (father)
*English (mother)

Blake Griffin is an American professional basketball player. He is a 6′ 10″ tall power forward. He was the number one NBA draft pick in 2009.

Blake is the son of Gail (Simmons) and Tommy Griffin, who is a basketball player and basketball coach. His father is black, with Afro-Haitian ancestry. His mother is white, with English ancestry. His brother, Taylor Griffin, is also a professional basketball player. Blake has two children with his former partner, Brynn Cameron. Brynn’s brother is professional basketball player Jordan Cameron.

A picture of Blake’s parents can be seen below.

Blake’s maternal grandfather was Clarence Melvin Simmons (the son of Curtis W. Simmons and Mabel/Mable D. Hiatt). Clarence was born in Oklahoma. Curtis was the son of Edwin Cirby Simmons and Mildred Dixon Poarch.

Blake’s maternal grandmother was Fanel Owings (the daughter of Lyle/Lyles Greenwood Owings and Alice/Allie S. Pat/Patricia Speed). Fanel was born in Texas. Lyle was the son of Eldridge John Owings and S. Margaret “Maggie” Greenwood. Alice was the daughter of Patrick Milton Speed and Alice Elizabeth Burleson.

Sources: Blake’s maternal grandfather, Clarence Melvin Simmons, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituaries of Blake’s maternal grandparents, Clarence Melvin Simmons and Fanel (Owings) Simmons – https://www.findagrave.com

Obituary of Blake’s maternal grandfather, Clarence Melvin Simmons – http://legacy.newsok.com

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bablah May 31, 2017 at 10:45 am
blah October 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm

50% white/ 50% black but he 100% ugly. Never seen a black ginger, he’s just weird looking.

someone from the internet August 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

I confuse him with Kris Humphries all the time. They look like they could be brothers.

Your Mom August 9, 2014 at 7:19 pm

When Mixing Goes Wrong.

He Is Ugly As Hell.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Idk…I don’t find him attractive at all.

shobohunter May 17, 2014 at 4:39 am

his name should be black griffin

Devon May 17, 2014 at 2:42 am

This is a perfect example of how a dark skinned black person and white person can have a child who is very light-skinned with freckles and light/red hair. Some people seem to think that if one parent is very dark skinned then the child will come out more darker than Blake’s skin color, which is definitely not the case.

Daisuke January 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

he’s just a Black guy.

ihatemostpeople January 31, 2014 at 7:56 am

And you’re just an ignorant idiot. He is clearly mixed. Fuck the one drop rule.

Alice January 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

Anyone with two eyes in their head would know this man is not just a black guy. Daisuke stop trolling.

Rokai June 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Well then maybe you should tell that to the American Government with their “One Drop Rule”. It’s a historical colloquial term in the United States for the social classification as Negros of individuals with any African ancestry; meaning any person with “one drop of Negro blood” was considered black. The principle of “invisible blackness” was an example of hypodescent, the automatic assignment of children of a mixed union between different socioeconomic or ethnic groups to the group with the lower status. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-drop_rule

Nunya Bizznizz January 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

Some people r fuckin ignorant. He’s half and half therefore he’s ugly. U racist niggas ain’t shit. He;s ball n makin money while y’all hatin n sittin at home continuing 2 b broke. Blake is upcoming and IMO a better dunker than LeBum Lames and the rest of those fakery dicks in Miami.

notracist January 30, 2014 at 1:23 am

you sound extremely ignorant, too. “he’s half and half, therefore, he’s ugly”? wow. what a fool.

Kevin December 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Nooo for me he doesn´t look like a Caucasian ,sorry.
He is fair skinned but his Facial Features are Black .
Why People call someone as racist when he told the truth ???

The Beautiful Ones December 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

Him and Kris Humphries look like they could be brothers! …..ew

luluz September 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm

no but he is so ugly and odd looking…..

KittenRose July 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Sadly, some people cannot get off of the Jim Crow era’s “One Drop Rule”. It’s racist, ignorant, and invalid.
If you have one white parent and let’s say one black parent, please tell me how that makes you “non-white”? You have both genes. There’s nothing “non” about that.
Anyone still using the “One Drop Rule” has a serious issue understanding that we are in a new generation where racist rules used to separate – not classify – races are unacceptable.

So Blake Griffin- he’s not “non- white”, he’s biracial.

Are some of you like 100 and still living in the past? I can’t understand how anyone can see that rule as valid.

neves October 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm

wow you are so open minded and cool. i look up to you

Bjorn January 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

The one drop rule is when you have a small percentage of one ethnicity when you are primarily another.

By his looks he looks half black with the European blood being phenotypically dominant. Which is rare…

So being HALF white wouldnt apply in his case at all. He is NOT white because he is HALF black. He is also not black. He is a mixbreed. A mongrel. He doesnt belong to any primary race. That is why miscegenation is bad. Because an individual will never be able to identify with either ethnicity.

fuzzybear44 January 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

primary race?,I thought we were all members of the human race.Also as far as miscegenation being bad,that’s something your ancestors seem to think was ok,since they had no problem doing it,just like their descendants like it now.

(Because an individual will never be able to identify with either ethnicity.)

Here’ the thing,different color people have been laying with each other for thousands and thousands years,and seem to have gotten along just fine.It was evil minded people who cause all the problems

[email protected] June 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

he”s features are not like whites its diff yeah he look lioke an italian but a bit african n t

andrew June 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

he doesnt look like an Italian or any full european man at all

andrew June 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm

u said Christoph Waltz was part Egyptian..you’re only confused

none April 30, 2013 at 11:09 pm

another way to answer racial questions: if you get a can of white paint and pour into it anything but a shade of white, you will get a non-white color. conversely, if you mix 3 or more colors together you get black. if you get yellow paint and mix white into it, it still is yellow, although lighter. if you mix yellow and black, you get brown and the only truly brown skinned people are Blacks. when you mix yellow and red, you get orange and Mexican Hispanics refer to themselves as the Golden skinned race(hence orange) therefore, it can apply to Hispanics. When you mix white and black you get grey, a lighter shade of Black, hence, you can attribute this to Blacks.hope this reduces the confusion

none April 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm

what i will tell you now please engrave into your minds for the below are racial classifications that go into the past at least 2000 years:

White + anything non-White(even if White ancestry is present) = non White (ex: Obama)

White + Yellow = Yellow (ex: Ann Curry}

White + Red (Indians of the Americas) = Hispanic (ex: Selena Gomez)

Yellow + Red = Hispanic (ex: Jimmy Smits)

Yellow + Black = Black (ex: Tiger Woods)

Black + Red = Black (ex: Sammy Sosa)

skittlez March 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

His mom has really strong genes

exotiq March 3, 2013 at 10:49 am

I get so aggravated when someone of mixed race, who incidentally looks more white than black, as in Black Griffin’s case, is called only black.

That view is clearly on old fashioned, out-dated one from people who can’t wrap their brains around the fact that we no longer live in a time of Jim Crow or slavery. When someone is mixed (with white & black) they are not only black.

If Jason wants to call himself black, that’s his prerogative, because at the end of the day, no one has the right to label someone in a race that they think they are, except the person themselves who feels comfortable in being considered or seen as the race they want to be viewed as.

It also aggravates me when someone gets upset when the mixed person chooses to be who they are and then they proceed to ridicule them for it, such as “He/She don’t want to be black/white” or “He/She is ashamed of being black/white”, etc. That’s just plain wrong and it seems like too much judging on the other person’s part. Everyone has their own experience, throughout their childhood or lifetime and unless you walk in that person’s shoes, you don’t have the right to judge.

There shouldn’t be a right or wrong answer when a mixed person chooses to call themselves what they feel comfortable in being.

exotiq March 3, 2013 at 10:50 am

CORRECTION TO SPELLING: BLAKE GRIFFIN

nnnnn March 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

I’m agree with you. The same is with celebrities, who
have jewish blood. they are “jews”, even if they
predominately english

nnnnn March 5, 2013 at 12:13 am

Ah, that footballhead with his pathetic efforts. His own blame.
BTW, dear Follers, here isn’t a facebook, and we are
not your friends. So, please, vorget that ridiculous
“you are trying to tell”. Maybe you think, I had a stroke and have problems with my speech? It’s nice, that you take care of my health, but I’m o’k. “Try” seems to be some insult among young people? But should I think, here are neither invalds no babies.

nnnnn March 5, 2013 at 12:28 am

I answered (although I must not)

blackandwhitechic February 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

he looks like Kris Humphries.

gottlob February 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

America the MIXED

lademonia February 15, 2013 at 1:11 am

He is so cute. i love his hair……

Jessica-Tere October 24, 2012 at 6:22 pm

He’s sort of what my brother would look like if he was an adult, haha, cute guy.

greencore95 June 28, 2012 at 4:21 am

What does Caucasian mean?
Caucasian isn’t a race, I’m Pakistani and 100% Caucasian, but that doesn’t mean I’m white, Griffin’s mom is irish or something else.

Ale October 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

Caucasian is race, white isn’t nor is black.

ju1cycouture May 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

his parents are such a hilarious pairing.

it’s this huge black guy that looks like ving rhames with this little betsy who looks like ray finkles mom from ace ventura.

i crack up when i see them couldn’t be a more diametrically opposite pairing!

notyourdarling April 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder people! People should not be offended if someone finds him unattractive or attractive, because we all have our tastes and likes. Personally, I think everyone is beautiful in their own way.. there’s beauty in everything but at the end of the day, his racial background should not matter. He’s a human being just the same, one many people look up to (I’ve never seen him play before so I can’t really say much) at that. Our world is thick with diversity and beautiful cultures which are great to learn about but if people are just constantly going to be focusing on strictly someone’s skin colour then we haven’t quite progressed as much as people believe :(

Angel Syrene April 2, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Very beautiful guy

blake griffin rocks March 30, 2012 at 8:37 am

whats your prob?just because your not biracial gives you know right to hate.And thats why you’ll be forever alone.you need a lesson from MLKJr.

Bilgee March 30, 2012 at 2:09 am

You are best player

Christian March 23, 2012 at 9:47 am

interesting case

he looks so artificial

his skin is dark but he has an europide bone structure

Anya March 26, 2012 at 11:06 am

“He looks so artificial”??? Are you for real. It’s not a piece of candy you are commenting on.

Tyrone March 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

His Skin Is Dark You Fool its pink hahaha

Tyrone March 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I was meant to say ‘ISNT’ Dark LOL

Tyrone March 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm

This Dude looks like a white boy. The only thing black about him is his Nappy Hair but even thats not black hahaha… Its Orange hahaha

christian March 24, 2012 at 2:44 am

so true

Anya March 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

He looks really Baster / Baaster to me. I know he’s not though.

Lopac Is My Lover March 16, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Baster? What does that even mean?

Anya March 17, 2012 at 3:45 am

Rehoboth Basters (or Baasters) are a unique community living mostly in Namibia in Southern Africa. They are descendants of Dutch settlers and different African tribes (mostly Nama). They have a really interesting history and are very intent on preserving their culture.

Anya March 17, 2012 at 10:10 am
r.p. March 6, 2012 at 12:53 am

this dude is just plain fugly

MP February 28, 2012 at 1:04 am

3/4’s Hot!

Lala February 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

He looks albino.

BRAZIL March 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

HE LOOKS

WHITE AND BLACK – AT THE SAME TIME

WTF

BLANK February 23, 2012 at 10:10 am

His parents look cute together. Its an eye opener to see mixed couples.

doodoo February 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

cute Ginger!!!! !lolz :)

peggy lindsey February 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

is jim jones blake griffin;s grandfather

blake griffin=awsome February 8, 2012 at 4:13 am

I’m a HUGE blake griffin fan.Not only because he can dunk and play basketball Amazingly,but because i can relate to his biracial backround.Everybody should be proud of there race.

redandgoldgirl January 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Not to mention, I believe people like the ”Realist” need to take a page out of Blake’s parents’ book and learn to love and accept all human beings! Based on what they have said, I think it may be one of the greatest things to happen in their life. Just saying.

redandgoldgirl January 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I’m also a female born into an interracial family and as so, I know that there is nothing more hurtful than being judged or disliked based on superficial things such as colour of your skin, the language you speak, your religion or your country of origin. I say this because these are things that are irrevocable. Unlike your race, someone who’s unpunctual for work or school, can work on that and change it. Someone who gossips too much can work on changing it, and eventually do so. Someone who may be a terrible driver, again, with work can change the way they drive. Certainly, every one is entitled to their own opinion and they do have the freedom to express said opinion but I, and others also have the freedom to not give a crap about your opinions also! But still. Say what you will about his appearance, his ethnicity, his upbringing and so forth… Blake Griffin (in my opinion) is still a tremendous talent in the NBA and really, his skills/abilities, as well as his character are what he really wants to be judged on.. not stupid racial/ ethnic silliness.

me December 30, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Why do y’all care? If someone says somthing that bothers you, does it really matter? Because, last time I checked, the only opinion that matters is yours. If someone is mixed, I don’t care. The only thing I would judge them on is the content of their character, not the color of their skin. And who wants to be judged on their skin tone? We’re all equal, so who cares? Just because someone is saying something that you don’t agree with, you don’t have to go out of your way and bash them. Besides, everybody is beautiful in their own way. That doesn’t mean they have to be pretty in the face, it just means that the are good at something. So, who cares?

sassybutclassy December 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

I’m sorry. I need to include more which is a shame I’m wasting my time on such a prick like yourself. You’re saying that Victoria Justice, Adriana Lima, Barack Obama, Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Miles Austin, Tony Romo, Bruno Mars, Chad Michael Murray, Derek Jeter, Bob Marley, Corbin Bleu, Vanessa Hudgens, Jay Baruchel, Adrien Grenier, Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, Keanu Reeves, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Theo Walcott, Tim Howard, Stacy Dash, Jason Kidd, Jesse Williams, Tiger Woods, Cher, Michael Jackson, Naomi Campbell, Tyga…. are also all ugly? Sweetie, you’re so wrong. I feel so bad for you. Not to mention I, also am of mixed race. I don’t know a single person of mixed race who doesn’t take pride in their ethnic background and we really don’t give a flying shit what people like yourselves have to say because in the end, your backwards way of thinking and closed minded mentality make you faaaar way inferior than what you think those of mixed race or different races are. Sorry, you probably won’t be able to grasp your mind around this though- too many words.

Simon the pundit February 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I’m going to check on those names.Even without checking I’m telling you Kim Kardashian is not mixed.She is caucasian.
remember ,everyone except blacks(who satyed back in africa) moved out of africa(out of africa) theory and ,ahem,messed around with neanderthals.
So we can have a little bit of,cough *neanderthal* dna.
Apart from that se is caucasian and they did a dna check on her too I don’t remember where but I did see it on tv.
She likes black guys because they’re into butts like hers,literally too
:-)
So she gets some pretty big,strong black guys and remember she is dark for a white girl and in the us ,white men are primarily blonde hunters.gentlemen prefer blondes.Hence she prolly thought better to get a black guy.

sassybutclassy December 27, 2011 at 9:07 am

Okay the realist! So, you’re saying that Taylor Lautner, Shemar Moore, Jerome Boateng, Tyler Posey, Jessica Alba, Nicole Scherzinger, Megan Good, Sara Paxton, Cameron Diaz, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Eric Decker, Tyson Beckford, Freddie Prinze Jr, Cash Warren, Rihanna, Beyonce, Taio Cruz, Lucien Laviscount, Sam Bradford, Austin Rivers, Drake, J Cole, Chris Brown, Carey Price, Carlos Pena Jr, Logan Henderson, Vin Diesel, Lenny Kravitz, Cristiano Ronaldo, Enrique Iglesias, Joe Jonas,
Megan Fox, Colton Haynes, Wentworth Miller, Shakira, Darren Criss, Sean Lennon, Chris Oprysk, Amber Rose, Shay Mitchell, Steve Jobs, Salma Hayek, Mya, Pete Wentz, Carlos Bocanegra, and all these other people: http://dailymultiracial.com/past_daily_multiracials are ugly? hah okaaaaay

Simon the pundit February 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

jessica alba is again caucasoid ,just dark because of the south european ancestry.
She is not mixed with native american.the spanish conquistadores were white.
Yes most mexicans are mixed with native american but not alba.
Her parents are originially from spain.
Google Feliciano López.

Islander_Miss November 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I don’t find him attractive AT ALL! =X

James November 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

Saying mixed kids are beautiful does not mean that other kids are not beautiful. Stop being so oversensitive. Certain people like the way mixed children/people look because they are unusual looking, exotic, can have both the appealing features of Afr Am and Europeans. If you look at the modeling industry right now, there is a huge market for ethnically generic (you cant really tell what they are) or mixed people. Look at Rihanna’s new boyfriend who is no doubt about to start a massive modeling career. He also died his hair blonde. Does that mean he is ashamed of his Afr American heritage? No. It just means he thinks it looks cool/interesting to have blonde hair. The “mixed” look is in right now. Im sure 100 years from now there will be just as many mixed as nonmixed people and it will no longer be an interesting look.

Honestly EVERYONE is not physically attractive. Going around saying every single child is beautiful is just a blatant lie. There are beautiful black people, beautiful white people, and beautiful mixed people. One is not better than the other, they are just different.

And if your opinion is so blatantly wrong, you are technically entitled to hold it. But I also have the right to tell you how dumb it is.

Kathrina November 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The guy in Rihannas video is not African American he is an English guy of Irish-Caribbean descent, His name is Dudley O Shaughnessy ,His father is Irish hence the O Shaughnessy second name and his mother from the Caribbean,And yes he was a model aswell before he did that video which was shot in Northern Ireland i think thats where she spotted him. She is supposed to have picked him herself for the video because she liked him so much,,ashion.telegraph.co.uk/news-features/TMG8852635/Dudley-OShaughnessy-the-knock-out-model-whose-name-is-on-everybodys-lips.html

Simon the pundit February 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

couldn’t agreemore.
The mixed look is in.
They’re being exotified.

Heather November 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Thats fuled up im white but my man is mixed black native n whire im pg with a mixed child I think mixing races is better than anything :)

LamarteStaton October 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Ok Realist,are you crazy im mixed and im dam sexi so i dnt know y u talkin bad about people who r mixed. Your mixed too noone is 100% anything so idk whats your promblem.

The Realist September 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

It’s easy to see that he’s a mud and unpure.

“Mixed” people are allways so fuckin’ ugly. Why can’t just all people be proud of what they are?

I would never ever think about making half-breeds. I couldn’t look at that offspring and say to myself: That’s my kid. It wouldn’t look like me. I couldn’t relate to it.

I’m proud of my herritage and what race I am so therefore I want my kids to be the same.

moe October 5, 2011 at 1:03 am

u are ignorant and probably ugly. mixed kids are beautiful, and by the way, name a pure breed american, you probably are dead wrong. even yourself mnay not be pure, if there is really such a thing. know that 1st life started in africa

Abby October 10, 2011 at 12:19 am

That’s incredibly ignorant. I honestly can’t believe that somebody could think like that at this point. I’m half Jamaican and half Italian and I’m most likely better looking than you. I also feel connected to both of my parents. Also, Blake is hot, so maybe you’re just a little bit jealous, racist.

“Half black is like God’s Photoshop.”

Tracy October 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I too am proud of my African American roots. People we must remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The realist feels that way and has every right to believe so. If you don’t agree that’s fine too. I believe that it’s totally ignorant for someone to make the statement that “mixed kids are beautiful” like moe said ( oh so moe are you saying that Black babies aren’t beautiful) or how Abby said, “I’m most likely better looking than you” ( Into your self much Abby) So Abby because you are mixed that makes you better than everyone else? Wow!! This is probably why The Realist said what he/she did. People in society keep making statements about how mixed children are beautiful instead of saying that all children are beautiful because they are gifts from GOD. People need to stop being so colorstruck. It doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is: WE ARE ALL GOD’S CHILDREN and he doesn’t love us any less because one person is half and half. Grow up people!!

blake griffin=awsome February 8, 2012 at 4:23 am

every race is special.That dosent give you the right to make fun of ANY RACE.Bi-racial people are beutiful.Your so rude to make fun of a race.Everybody was created differently!

blake griffin=awsome March 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

Whats your problem?your just jelous of mixed kids.I am black and white and proud.I find you just hatin on us because your ignorant.I find it to be a blessing to be biracial.dont hate appreciate.

noella September 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

i notice all these “bi-racials” don’t end up marrying black, if race doesn’t matter then why are there so many single black women.

Justin Bieber September 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

becos black women are shebone

bosco May 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

Are you serious? — “We are all one race, the human race”. I cannot believe you would trot out that tired and incorrect We Are the World platitude. At least you gave me my laugh for today.

kiara June 21, 2011 at 4:34 am

you are a retard! we are one race but you wouldnt see that all you want to do is divide us up! we all are apart of this human race and we should come together and not fight!

ElRemaro March 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

We are all cousins. Geneticists have traced our ancestry back to one woman who lived about 100 thousand years ago. Luis Valdez said it best, “Hay solamente una raza, la raza humana.”

Reem May 13, 2011 at 10:50 am

FYI to all reading and commenting….To be technical, you have all used the term “race” incorrectly…Hence, one of the main reason that racism still exists…We are all one race, the HUMAN race, which means we can all breed and create fertile offspring…However, we ARE different “ethnicities”, according to the specific ethnic group from which we are descendants…And believe me, in 2011, most of us are mixed with some variation of different ethnicities…We need to just accept each other as the same…HUMAN.

maria v. May 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm

that would actually be nice

Max June 10, 2011 at 1:55 am

First of all – I’m no racist and I hate that racism still exists…BUT…biologically speaking, you’re wrong. The fact that we can all breed and create fertile offspring means that we’re all one SPECIES, the HUMAN SPECIES. The races of all species on this planet are able to have fertile offspring – if they weren’t they’d belong to another species.
To some people, the term “race”, however has some negative connotations when applied on humans, so “ethnicity” is here the more neutral term to choose

Amber Berg July 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm

We are all one species- homosapien

noella September 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm

who are you trying to fool. race matters, it should matter and it always will matter.

cheryl b. April 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I watched some pro ball games lately, to my surprise, I just discovered BLAKE GRIFFIN… I am so behind time, been buried working my solo practice….

Go Blake Go, I love ur skillz… and you do so seemingly effortlessly… Wow, and that u are a Pisces too… aah aah, you seemed to be a true gentleman and so sexy looking.

No matter your race, you are the shitzzzazzz………

steven April 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

100% human, most likely. Unfortunately reading these opinions that’s not much of a compliment.

dupe March 31, 2011 at 6:45 am

My daughter is mixed and it frustrates me when people believe they can put her in a box and mark it whatever they want to satisfy their limit understanding of “being”. I’m white and my wife is black and she is one, only one, generation away from picking cotton in back water La.Things have come a long way from my mother-in-law’s grandparents time. I can see it in the pictures of long gone relatives with light eyes. Untill this country increases the level of education ignorance will prevail. “What box can I put Blake Griffin?”

he is his mother’s and father’s son just like everybody else no matter how you slice it

marvin March 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

My grandmother was black dutch. Look it up. My wife is from Thailand. Her father was from China. My father and his father are from Sweden. My son looks like he could be from Puerto Rico. Got the “Fro” going.

One of my daughters looks like a Swedish model. She is golden brown all year. Makes big bank as a model. Six in all and they are all different.

So what does that make us???? Human.

Stop with all the diversivness. Be proud to be American, not claiming another continent or country before the name American. Grow up people.

Anna'''''''P9;;' June 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Dude, honestly, you

Anna June 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Dude, honestly, you’re a racist piece of shit. How are you going to call someone’s family f*ed up just because they’re mixed.

“None of you fuckers can calim anything other than “I am an earthling”.”

Well, that’s more than we can say for your ass.

Stupidity isn’t a disease, but it sure as hell spreads like one and it looks like you’ve contracted it. Poor thing.

Joe De Lede July 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

As an aussie I can’t help but find the apparent american obsession with ‘race’ amusing … america on the whole produces the words prettiest people – largely through ‘miscgenation’ ; just try a head count of the acting fraternity who have native-amarican ancestry; add american musicians likewise & it turns out that just about all of the best of them have some ‘non-white’ background … travel to Paraguay & visit the remnants of of the ‘pure-bred’ Aryan community established by Nietsche’s sister & you’ll appreciate just how hilariously funny the delsusion of ‘white-superiority’ really is….

Gemini July 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm

To marvin

Have you ever thought it strange that before the title of our nationality we state our “race” or “ethnicity” first as if it is more important than our nationality? Even when we acknowledge a person they are a black person, a white person, an asian person etc but never a person who’s black, white, asian etc. We put race before so many things, its rather silly if you think about it.
This may sound extremely corny but your words are very inspiring.

Amber Berg July 17, 2011 at 12:48 am

This I will have to agree with you on Gemini, Lets start calling ourselves American, and forget about the race! That’s what other countries do, America is a melting pot!

Jon March 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm

@ kim shut your dumb mouth. If you read a book you would see capitalism creates jobs socialism destroys jobs. It cuts the circulation of cash from employers to make jobs. If as you say black people dont “buy that” then you all are a bunch of dumb motherfkers. People that dont care about the survival of our country need to shut the hell up.

tiece March 16, 2011 at 10:43 am

He’s soooo ugly Seriously. Nothing is attractive about him absolutely nothing.

bosco May 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

Very thrue. That is one Frankenstein ugly guy. I trust he will not reproduce. Wow he is scary ugly.

lwazikazi June 2, 2011 at 6:26 am

You remind me of Jimmy Manyi,it’s scary. The guy isn’t ugly at all. You simply hate that he’d be considered better looking than you since he’s not 100% Black. I blame Americans for that. Black South Africans are proud of who they are, because we know we are beautiful and don’t need to force Coloureds(mixed people) to call themselves Black to feel beautiful. Coloureds are Coloureds and it doesn’t make any kind of sense to call them otherwise(Black or White).

WTF June 2, 2011 at 7:31 am

@ Iwa

Because he’s not 100% black?STFU,you remind me of a self hater.They dislike him because they think his unattractive,that’s all.You just want to be a Coloureds,that’s why you’re all up on their nutsack

lwazikazi June 2, 2011 at 6:33 am

You remind me of Jimmy Manyi,it’s scary. The guy isn’t ugly at all. You are simply hating because you know that he’s considered better looking than you because he’s mixed. I blame you Americans for that. Black South Africans know that they are beautiful and go around forcing Coloureds to call themselves Black. Coloureds are Coloureds and Blacks are Blacks,you people can be really senseless. You can’t call a Coloured person Black nor can you call them White,it just doesn’t make sense. It’s stupid if you ask me.

what? August 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

and he will get more beautiful black and white women in 2 years than you will get in your entire existence on this or the next planet!!! even the girl who called him ugly will give him some!!! you know why …he’s big ,tall, rich, smart , bi-racial and can play basketball!!! oh yeah…..he ‘s RICH!!!!

deebow March 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm

on a lighter note everyone is African as the family grew brothers and sisters became nomadic(people who travel)-4 dumb azzez- as they venture to different regions and climates they begin to adapt lighter skin for less sun brighter eyes for better night vision for longer nights and so on. your friends, wife, husband, are your cuzins…rt rt

bosco May 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

Actually, none of that shit is true. Anthropolgy fantasy. Did you learn that in kindergarden?

Anna June 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm

The truth hurts, doesn’t it bosco? If you had even passed kindergarten, which doesn’t seem like it cuz you can’t even spell it, you’d know that the origin of Homo Sapiens is in Africa. If you don’t believe, do some research. It might help broaden your tunnel vision.

deebow March 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

people piss me off he’s black… white people want to claim him bcause he can jump high…white men can’t jump i’m multi-racial will you claim me all you see is a black man my great-grandmother is white but i’m black just like tiger is black noooo! he’s asian too…if he wasn’t kicking the crap out of white in golf he would be a black man…. if he robbed a bank griffin would be described as a african-american 6’10” athletic build with lighter skin tone… lol fuk off!!!

deebow March 6, 2011 at 12:56 pm

lighter note everyone is African as the family grew brothers and sisters became nomadic(people who travel)-4 dumb azzez- as they venture to different regions and climates they begin to adapt lighter skin for less sun brighter eyes for better night vision for longer nights and so on. your friends, wife, husband, are your cuzins…rt

jeffkilledjohn April 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

go ahead and have him.. hes ugly as hell

lwazikazi June 2, 2011 at 6:16 am

There’s absolutely nothing offensive with people being called what they really are. If Chris Brown’s parents are both mixed(Coloured is what they are) then that makes him Coloured as well. One is not only mixed(Coloured) only when one of their parents is Black, but it may happen that both parents are mixed(Coloured) like Lenny Kravitz and his ex-wife. Mixed people are not people that someone can choose to call them by any race(Black),that suits you. South Africa may be a country that little is thought of, but it can educate the world. The mixed people’s race has a name the same way as Black,White,Indian or Chinese, it’s called Coloured. A proud South African Coloured politician,Trevor Noah, google him and educate yourself and find some pride in who you are. I’m Black and totally disapprove of your attitude,it reminds me of a stupid SA politician(who unfortunately belongs to my tribe) who made a stupid comment about Coloured people. I can tell you are Black,Black Americans are always fighting against the idea of Coloured Americans being recognised as such.Yes Coloureds are extremely beautiful but that shouldn’t make you want them not to recognise and appreciate who they really are, it seems you guys don’t see yourselves Black Americans as beautiful people hence you want Coloured Americans not to recognise recognise and accept themselves for who they really are. I’m so proud to be Xhosa,so proud to be Nguni.

The politician’s name is Trevor Manuel, Trevor Noah is a proudly Coloured comedian.

I went to school with Coloureds and have Coloured friends who have no issues being called by their race,they are proud of who they are

missSUNSHINE March 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm

yo blake is hot i want him to b my hubby and nobody shud b dissin him for a rookie and still hot!!!!!!!!!!! BLAKE I LOVE YOU!!!!
P.S
blake is african american and white hes mixed! duh people

bosco May 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

Blake Griffin attractive? Uh, You are really in need of a man aren’t you? And it appears that you are blind and crazy also.

tracy June 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

Uh he is not that cute

wtf March 3, 2011 at 12:47 am

@pac

now now,a hoe gets paid,so don’t confuse her with your mother

deebow March 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Brianna February 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I Love Blake Griffin:) Get Jasmine outta here!:) lol

missSUNSHINE March 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

girl you rite she need to go! lol! :) I LOVE YOU BLAKE. AND BRIANNA you got admitt is is freakin fine!!!!!

Cutey29 February 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Blake is so hot. I want to have his babies.

Monica February 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

You got that right honey i want Blake
To be my seeex buddy

missSUNSHINE March 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm

yes he is!

bosco May 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

Damn, all three of you women must be blind from birth. Please never reproduce … with ANYONE. Especially BG.

jaynique February 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

idc wat race he is he is still sexy<3

Brianna February 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm
missSUNSHINE March 5, 2011 at 1:46 pm

lol i am with you! :)

jazz February 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Blake is African-American. The man determains the sex and the race of the child. End of story.

Carmelo March 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

That’s just stupid. Ever heard of X and Y chromosomes?

deebow March 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

@jazz ur half right the African gene is dominant so no matter woman or man still African

cali June 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm

so jazz, if what you say is true then lenny kravitz, tracie ellen ross, maya rudolph, frederick douglass, booker t washington, eartha kitt, bob marley, slash from guns n roses, etc etc are white because they have white fathers and according to you, the man determines the race lol, you’re an idiot as you can see.

Mixed Girl Who REALLy IS MIXED--Not Just BLACK! August 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

…If that’s the case, my father is the white one…so based on your so-called theory…I’m white!! lol :) …Sounds just as foolish as me saying “I’m black”! lol :) …Dumbass!!!! …Mixed people are just that…Mixed…Not black, just to suit ignorant fools as yourself! lol :)

Garry February 20, 2011 at 7:47 am

Correction – If the individual was from Canada he would be Canadian American or Mexico then he would be Mexican American. This person can’t be Haitian African American, he has to be Haitian American or African American not both! If his family can trace their roots so, he can’t be African American. African Americans are from the continent of Africa not knowing which country from within the continent which they originated. The article said he is from Haiti??? His father is from there so that would make him Haitian.

Rotimi February 21, 2011 at 5:11 am

Nice comment by Garry.
Being a Nigerian, i am also quite uncomfortable about all these so-called politically correct ways of addressing black people. Call them blacks, call them African-American, whatever. But what on earth is a Hatian African American???

c anthony February 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

All black people, whatever their current geographic location, at some point in the past can trace their ancestral roots to Africa. Haitians came from Africa. Black people in all of Latin American originated from Africa. So whether Haitians or others acknowledge their African ancestry in how they choose to identify themselves is irrelevant. In fact, all humans come from Africa–but that is another story.

Ox February 27, 2011 at 2:36 am

Fucking retard Mexican & Canadian are nationalities .. Not race… Haitian would also be nationality… Black is black

Steve February 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

All black people originated from Africa. They came over on slave ships hundreds of years ago. Many of them landed on the island of Hispana. So if he has Black roots, and he lives in America, that makes him African American. If his ancestors’ stopped over in Haiti for a few generations, it does not change this. However, it means he can similarly be classified as being Haitian American. It does not take away his African heritage, however.

Pam March 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

@garry…Everyone is originally from Africa. All roots go back to Egypt, Africa.

Debut February 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm

These are younger people commenting who do not know ‘everything’ about black history. I was born in the county where my forebears were freed 65 years after word that the Slaves were freed was received in Galveston, TX.

The Whites were always in denial by ‘believing’ there was no race mixing. Most of the White men had two families, one white and one black, in our small town. Relatives who never left the county, now say some of the White remnants now acknowledge that a lot of them are related to Blacks. Blacks always acknowledged the mixing because they were interwoven into our families and communities. In our segregated schools there were always blonds, blue, hazel, and green eyes. My stepfather had green eyes.

Sometimes the mother’s were White. One was in my segregated high school who looked totally White, but her hair was a give-away. She lived with her single mother and White siblings. The White siblings attend the White school a few blocks from our school, but the one in our school was unacceptable in the same White school because she had the proverbial ‘one-drop of Black blood’.

My step father was the son of a Sheriff in a small TX town near Houston, TX. His father had a white family, but he captured my step father’s mother when she was 15 and sired two sons by her who carried his last name. The father also built a home for them and took care of the family. The father shot the mother one time when she was still young and wanted to get away from him to have a life. The sons looked more White than Black and many people did not know unless he told them or he was with us (except Black folk who usually know a white-looking person by looking at them — even if they are passing).

Another one in my family was in a similar situation in TX, and that White father and his brothers won a gun battle with the KKK. That father had built a home for his Black family, and built a smaller one next door for himself, for appearances. I found the two homes with their names in the Census.

My first husband was born in Southern Illinois. When I looked up the Census for his family, I found that his (my 1st spouse) father’s grandfather and grandmother were from Italy. Now, this is in the 1930 Census and the Census was written in cursive writing, so there was no typo. When I told my children, they confronted their grandmother from their father’s side. But the grandmother said they were all sworn to secrecy and would take it to her grave — and she did.

This kind of mixing happened at a time when Blacks were unable to defend themselves and families, unless they wanted to die. After 400-plus years of Slavery the Black race and men were emasculated and dehumanized. It takes much time to overcome such brutalization.

I know many more stories within and without my family, which is too much to handle in this format. I should probably write a book.

I believe that is why High-blood pressure is so high amongst the descendants of the Slaves. Our lives has been riddled with all kinds of adverse oppression.

Many younger White people now question why the descendants of ex-slaves identify ourselves as African-Americans instead of Americans. Well, that is because your White forefathers did not allow us to, just like on the Census, until recent years, we were not allowed to acknowledge any mixed blood. It seems that whites first called us Ni–as, Negroes, Colored; then as the pressured lifted a bit we started calling ourselves African American, Afro-American, etc. You guys never walked in our shoes so you don’t know why ‘we can’t just get over it’. Well it is not that easy getting over where your forebears forced us. They were working on making us become animals to serve them. They had developed a plan to dehumanize us. I believe it is online because it is in book form. That is why some Whites still insist that we are subhuman and unable to learn — still trying to brainwash us.

‘Nuff true black history.

Fuzzybear February 20, 2011 at 3:43 am

To Debut

Speak on it,Speak on it,because they seem to know nothing.

Jette February 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Write that book! Shine light on the behaviors of the time. People are people and men are always looking for an easy sexual opportunity. Whoelse could be comprosmised without consequences? Black women. Even the poorest, most powerless white people had power over blacks at the time just because of skin color. It is very sad.

Carmelo March 1, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Im sorry tl;dr

Gemini March 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I dont understand why this comment was disliked so many times. So many people claim that black people bitch and whine but they have no idea what its like to be us and walk a mile in our shoes. They can live in their own communities and never have to deal with we African Americans at all, yet no matter where we go we will have to deal with them and the discriminitive ones will do nothing more than spew their hateful racist vemon in our faces that will do nothing but course its way through our veins and minds and teach us only to hate ourselves and others. I have nothing against anyone except racists, their hate makes me sick to my stomach.
I dont understand how these racist pigs could ever expect us to get over racism, slavery, segregation, and hate when they constantly throw it in our faces every chance they get.

My 2 Cents May 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm

“You should just get over it” is such an oversimplification of the sentiment that we white people feel. It’s not that. What it is, is a sense that “Why should I be punished for something I had nothing to do with?”.

Let me begin by saying that I am not a racist. I take every person as an individual and until they reveal their true intentions I’m willing to hear them out & treat them as equals. If they prove to be a decent human being then I will treat them as a decent human being.

The problem is that the overwhelming majority of the time the stereotypes and racist mindsets are proven and re-proven over and over again, and those of you railing against racism just give the overt racists more ammunition on a daily basis. There’s a reason that stereotype exists it’s up to you not to play into it.

And lets not deceive ourselves here, racism is a two-way street. I’ve met just as many racist blacks, mexicans, asians as I have white racists. Actually, scratch that … in this day & age I see more of them than I see white counterparts. And their racism is far more pervasive than what I see in the white community. But their racism is given a free pass because “oh well they had it hard” or it’s insensitive for me to expect them to “just get over it” (as was mentioned before and countless times in the past). So that excuses it?

As an extreme example of this “reverse racism” that I refer to, Google the case of the brutal rape & murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom and try to tell me that wasn’t racially motivated. The official stance is that media did not gloss over this, but they did. I’m sure that many of you have never even heard those names. This was a horrific & deplorable act committed on a completely innocent couple. This actually happened, this is real and it occurred during my lifetime, to my generation … but I suppose that I should “just get over it”.

Racism will always be around, it’s never going away. I don’t expect anyone to “just get over it”. Your ancestors suffered, I understand that & accept it. But you don’t really know me; you see white skin and think it’s all sunshine and jellybeans. My ancestors suffered as well, wanna know more … just ask me; but I’ve never oppressed you or made you suffer. Let’s all make an effort to learn from the past and try to forge ahead. It’s true that if you forget the past you’re doomed to repeat it, but don’t let that memory of the past ruin your future. I do expect you to treat me with respect & I, in turn, will respect you; but you don’t get a gold star just for showing up. Respect is not given automatically, it’s earned.

Gemini May 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

“The problem is that the overwhelming majority of the time the stereotypes and racist mindsets are proven and re-proven over and over again, and those of you railing against racism just give the overt racists more ammunition on a daily basis. There’s a reason that stereotype exists it’s up to you not to play into it.”
I suppose we gave you more ammunition to fire your gun at us once more. It always seems as though every race would like to have a play at the victim card at some point which is very childish. “oh well they had it hard” is an imaginary excuse which I have never heard pass a white racist’s lips. If you yourself are not a racist then do not attempt to soften the discriminatory stool those pigs excrete. Attempting to victimize yourself and the white race does not help your cause.
You contradicted your point when you said “Your ancestors suffered, I understand that & accept it. But you don’t really know me; you see white skin and think it’s all sunshine and jellybeans. My ancestors suffered as well, wanna know more … just ask me; but I’ve never oppressed you or made you suffer.” If you do not wish to be put in the same category as the racists who had oppressed and continue to oppress people of African descent then why put yourself with them?
You reversed the situation to make it seem as though you are the one suffering discrimination. Reverse racism IS racism and you simply reversed it yourself. We all suffer and are all discriminated against, that is no excuse to play victim. As you said we must move forward so that we do not repeat our past but making ourselves victims will not help the cause. You are not white people, you are a white person. I am not black people, I am a black person. We are different people who endure different hardships, end of story.

leslie February 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

according to the u.s. census bureau, approximately 5% of americans are of mixed races. it was not but 50 years ago when it was still a crime to have interracial marriages/relationships/children in america. so when we hear politicians saying we want to take america back… doe they mean back to when it was illegal to mix races… a perhaps come out with a great basketball player like blake griffin? love conquers all adversities, i really believe that.

wtf February 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm

@leslie

it was illegal back in the day,but not 50yrs ago.Plus it never stop it from going on.Also mixed kids outside of marriage has been going on since everyone got here,even before that like for thousands of years

Wtf February 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

@Leslie:my fault babygirl,I see what your talking about,when it became fully legal in all the states.btw what I had said was not an attack towards you,sorry if it reads the wrong way.One other thing,don’t pay to much attention to the census,most black people just say AA no matter what their mixs is.Then you have black people who pass as white,and say they are.I think even white people who are majority white,just say white

Vee February 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Taking back America has nothing to do with race, gender, etc. It has to do with getting back to our form of government from the beginning which is capitalism, not socialism. We do not want to end up like Europe, taxed up to their eye balls and no where to go but down hill.

Kim February 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

@Vee, “taking back America has nothing to do with race, gender, etc.” Black people know that this is a bald face lie. Not naive at all.

brandon March 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm

hey it isn’t about race it’s about getting our government back on the right track also, how did the talk about blake griffen lead to the topic of race?!

Jon March 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Kim your an idiot capitalism creates jobs socialism restricts employers from keeping employees and hiring. Read macro and mico economics and you would have a clue why your a dumbass. You need half of your brain removed and eat food intravenously or something. Just dont vote again for the countrys sake.

Cutey29 February 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Blake is very attractive.

macstar130 February 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

blackness is more than just a color..its root is in indo european as bhel which means white or black..it actually signifies light,shining,to glow..it gives us the words(flame)(phlegm)(phlogiston)(flagrant)(flamingo)(phlox)..there are countless others but the word black denotes what blacks were called in the ancient world(children of the sun)(beloved of ra)(sons of the light)…black is black and this isnt negotible or up for debate..he is definitely legally and genetically apart of our family tree with our diverse asses…if u look up the spanish word amarillo, u will c that it means yellow, but it comes from the word amarelle which means cherry or dark cherry juice…it comes from the word morello which means blackish and dark…black in itself denotes all colors under the sun, so nobody can say who is black and who isnt..blackness is the most complicated seed to understand and so we need to study its power and uniqueness because it covers so many colors,molds,hair types, nose types, and eye molds..the ancient name of kemit means the black land and to mix,to found..as u can see from the definition, black represents being mixed also, yet it retains its genetic principle of blackness…blake means black,but understand that black is both sunrise and sunset…peace and blessings

Yaw Osei-Aning February 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm

That was one of the most beautifully written comments I’ve ever read. Very poetic. Thank you.

Hubert Lim February 10, 2011 at 5:53 am

Blake is mix race, got the best from both races and thats why he is good and godlike in basketball. He is just like jason kidd which i think is also mix race. I don’t know but Blake with a straight face reminds me of Tim Duncan.

http://www.blakegriffinshow.com/

Nighwayto1971 January 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm

pfff totally unknown outside of north america…
I really don’t like basketball…there’s so many points… so it’s hardly original when the score evolve… it’s just all the time like that… everybody knows that the less there is points the more it became precious…the less you eat MacDo the more it became tasty & special … the less you smoke pot the more effect it gonna have when you smoke it… Less is More
…basketball is just the contrary…an overdose of points…
Even whitey Ice Hockey is less worst…(most of the time we don’t see the puck enter in the goal…hopefully there’s a green light for the public!goaaallll!)

Blake's Bestii December 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Skip Y’all Haters~~ Y’all Jealous. Blake’s A Beast On The Court && He’s Hilarious In Conversation, Who Cares What He Looks Like.? Oh Wait, I Do, Because He’s SOO FREAKIN’ SEXIII.!

MrS. Griffin :) December 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Blake Griffin is very handsome and wonderful player…if u haven’t seen! Love u Blake! c(:

John 8:32 December 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

Listen…

Race as we know it is a myth, a social construct. A social
construction or social construct is any phenomenon “invented” or
“constructed” by participants in a culture or society, existing
because people agree to behave as if it exists or follow certain
conventional rules. “The Social Construction of Reality” (1966).

“One example of a social construct is social status!”

– (John 8:32)

John 8:32 December 4, 2010 at 12:04 am

“What Does DNA Say?”, race is defined primarily by skin color. Since that’s a genetic trait, the logic goes, race itself must be genetic, and there must be differences that are more than skin deep.

But that’s not what modern genetics reveals. Quite the contrary, it shows that race is truly skin deep. Indeed, genetics undermines the whole concept that humanity is composed of ”races”—pure and static groups that are significantly different from one another. Genetics has proven otherwise by tracing human ancestry, as it is inscribed on DNA.

After, analyzing something called mitochondrial DNA. Almost all human cells contain tiny bacteria-like entities called mitochondria. They provide energy to cells, and they have their own DNA, separate from the DNA that actually makes a person. Mitochondria are not in sperm cells; therefore, they are inherited only from the mother. They record a person’s matrilineal heritage.

The paternal counterpart is the Y chromosome. Women, of course, lack the Y chromosome, so it is inherited strictly from father to son. It can be quite revealing to trace how the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA mix in a single population. Under the old South African apartheid categories, ”colored” people were those who descended from black and white parents—but their Y chromosome almost always shows a European ancestry, whereas their mitochondrial DNA usually shows an African heritage. To put it plainly, white men were sleeping with black women, but black men were not sleeping with white women.

But sometimes only DNA can settle questions of human history.

Two million years ago, various hominid ancestors of modern humans migrated out of Africa. Neanderthals settled in Europe–and some scientists argued that Europeans descend from Neanderthals, Asians from other hominids such as Peking Man or Java Man, and Africans from still other sources. Genetics has helped demolish this ”multiregional” theory.

Mitochondrial DNA indicates that all living humans descend from one maternal source—christened Mitochondrial Eve—who lived in Africa between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago. Similarly, the Y chromosome shows that all men have a common ancestor, Y-chromosome Adam, who lived at the same time. (Actually, both analysis indicate that modern humans descend from a small founding population of about 5000 men and an equal number of women.)

Did modern humans coming out of Africa completely replace Neanderthals and the other earlier hominids—or did they interbreed with them? This year, Stoneking and researchers in Germany compared the mitochondrial DNA of modern humans to that of a Neanderthal skeleton between 30,000 and 100,000 years old. The conclusion: Neanderthals contributed nothing to human maternal ancestry.”

For example, light skin color is needed in northern climates for the sun’s ultra- violet light to penetrate into the body and transform vitamin D into a usable form. This mutation may well have arisen at different times, in different ancestral groups, on different points along the DNA. That’s true for cystic fibrosis, which occurs almost exclusively in people of European descent but is caused by several different mutations.

In other words, ”white people” do not share a common genetic heritage; instead, they come from different lineages that migrated from Africa and Asia. Such mixing is true for every race. ”All living humans go back to one common ancestor in Africa,”

Over time, ”genetics will help beat down racist arguments,” says Eric Lander, a world-renowned geneticist at M.I.T.

Sean January 18, 2011 at 11:28 am

John 8:32, you are placing far too much information that is somewhat relevant and somewhat irrelevant. But your research and efforts are not to go unnoticed.

However, in the current need of today’s society to label races differently than what they really are, and the seemingly popular moniker of ‘African American’ to everyone who is black, why is it that Blake states his ethnicity as ‘Haitian African American and Caucasian’ (ref: http://ethnicelebs.com/blake-griffin),? True, most likely there is a direct connection between Africa and Haiti, but doesn’t the ‘African-American’ moniker get taken just a little too extremely and has become nothing more than a lost phrase to bring more into what is simply American? Would it not be more accurate for him to simply state that he is Haitian-American? His father is from Haiti, not Africa and his mother is Caucasian, which could be another combination of others. Is it so popular that everyone who is black on some level is always African-American? Many of my friends who are black call themselves black, and they prefer to be addressed that way.

I am mostly Spanish, born in America, and having some minimal other European mix in my family, yet I am considered Caucasian. Does this mean that I can call myself Spanish-American-Euro-mix? A friend of mine, born in this country has Italian, Irish, American Indian and French, all of equal measures. So then , would he be ‘Italian-Irish-American-Indian-French’? or simply American? He calls himself an American.

The last I checked, I thought that anyone born into this country was American. We all have decedents that are from other countries. Does it not get more convoluted when we start putting more into our own ethnicity and naming it simply to fit into some type of popular norm? I feel that this has gotten a little carried away.

Yaw Osei-Aning February 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Agreed. Haitian-American describes his background. People say ‘African’ as the non-offensive way of saying black. SMART people will understand, that doesn’t explain much. I am interested to know more about his mothers background. This is only an issue because he will be Dave Chappelles newest contender for the racial draft. #booyah

George February 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm

One will state African American to make the difference between Black American as oppose to Black African. Generally there are some genetic differences between them. Blake cannot state Haitian American, simply because Haitian is not a race, just a culture. You see although most Haitians are Black or African, there are some that are white and some that are mixed from a level to another, and believe me, all these distinctions are accounted for in Haiti. So Blake is correct his father is Haitian by nationality or culture,but African or Black by ethnicity and American as well, because Haiti is the Americas by location. There is no better explanation then that period. I am Haitian.

sam December 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

he is my favorite player now…cool like his parents i know them(my neighbors at home)

black wallstreet November 24, 2010 at 6:03 am

This what happens when the black side takes over a lite skinned person more than the white side. The end result of the black genes showing up more = Mutated freak. Which goes to show you mixing races does not gurantee your child will be sexy….this dude is ugly!

black wallstreet aka fuzzybear December 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

This is to the fake Black wallstreet above cut the sh*t out,it’s getting old already.Get a clue,I call myself black wallstreet so that means I’m not going to hate on other black people or diss them.So you should just stop ,they know your not mw by now

black wallstreet aka fuzzybear December 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm

meant to say not me by now

Blake's Bestii December 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Wtf.? He’s One Of The Sexiest Guys A Girl Can Ever See, What Do You Mean.?

Proofread November 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Hes really not 6 inches tall is he? lol

huh November 11, 2010 at 12:25 am

I know huh,anyone with any kind a sense can see he’s at least 8″

Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm

another case of biracial ppl not lookin so great…

Blake's Bestii December 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm

You Riqht, He Don’t Look “So Great.” He Look Reallll Sexii. =\

duder1897 January 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

At least he looks better then LeBron James.

zuzanna March 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm

a lot of people from Haiti have Polish ancestry.
there were soliders from Poland with Napoleon this is why he is a lil white.

Anonymous July 19, 2010 at 7:47 am

he looks a little white because his mom is white…read the whole story zuzanna

ethnic January 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

hayes I think you are correct about the Haitian heritage.

L’ Diablo Misterioso I hope Griffin doesnt turn out like a Danny manning. I dont think he will though.

L' Diablo Misterioso January 14, 2010 at 7:22 am

Griffin’s season is over before it began. He should have stayed in college, got some semblance of a degree, thereby achieving something that he can fall back on just in case he gets injured ala Danny Manning or Greg Oden.

hayes January 13, 2010 at 12:18 am

His father is haitian

ethnic November 30, 2009 at 9:03 am

He runs the court and handles the ball like a 6’5 guard. He actually doesn’t look 6’10 on the court. hes going to be a great player.

kira November 30, 2009 at 2:28 am

hes very unique looking
6’10 holy crap!!

mrz.griffin23 November 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm

he is veryyy sexyyyy:)

Mrs.Griffin September 11, 2009 at 6:52 am

Fuck youuu,Hes SEXYY(;

anen June 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm

gross he looks like a freak-O

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