Paula Patton

by ethnic on October 17, 2009

Birth Name: Paula Maxine Patton

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 5, 1975

Ethnicity:
*African-American (father)
*German, English, smaller amount of Dutch (mother)

Paula Patton is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Idlewild (2005), Déjà Vu (2006), Precious (2009), and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011).

Her father, Charles Patton, is black. Her mother, Joyce (Van Raden), who is white, has German, English, and at least 1/16th Dutch, ancestry. Paula has identified herself as Black. She has stated:

I find it [the term “biracial”] offensive. It’s a way for people to separate themselves from African-Americans… a way of saying ‘I’m better than that.’ I’m black because that’s the way the world sees me. People aren’t calling Barack Obama biracial. Most people think there’s a black president.

Paula has a son with her former husband, singer and songwriter Robin Thicke.

Paula’s maternal grandfather was Benjamin Alexander Van Raden, Jr. (the son of Benjamin Van Raden and Grace Read Alexander). Paula’s grandfather Benjamin was born in New York. Paula’s great-grandfather Benjamin was born in Nebraska, the son of Carl Edward Holeman Van Raden, whose father was Dutch and whose mother was German, and of Louisa Bergman, whose parents were German. Paula’s great-grandmother Grace was born in New York, and had English ancestry. Grace was the daughter of Robert Read Alexander and Laura Davis, who were from Massachusetts.

Sources: Genealogy of Paula’s maternal grandfather, Benjamin Alexander Van Raden, Jr. – https://www.wikitree.com

Obituary of Paula’s maternal grandfather, Benjamin Alexander Van Raden, Jr. – http://www.legacy.com

Marriage record of Paula’s maternal great-grandparents, Benjamin Van Raden and Grace Read Alexander – https://familysearch.org

Paula’s maternal great-grandfather, Benjamin Van Raden, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Paula’s maternal great-grandmother, Grace Read Alexander, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Paula’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Carl Edward Holeman Van Raden and Louisa Bergman, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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Hill August 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Damn she’s hot.

andrew December 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm

obituary of Paula’s maternal grandfather, Benjamin VanRaden: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenvilleonline/obituary.aspx?n=benjamin-vanraden&pid=140648739

genealogy: https://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/VanRaden-Family-Tree-4

Paula’s maternal great-grandmother, Grace Read Alexander, on the 1900 U.S. Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MS28-WZK

Kimmel June 10, 2016 at 3:45 pm

I feel a bit sorry for her. Seems like she’s never belonged to whites or blacks as a kid and really needed some fellow mixed-race kids for a sense of belonging. And, i’m not sure what part of the world (or race) would see her as ‘Black’. Surely most are knowledgeable enough to notice she is mixed..?

fuzzybear44 June 10, 2016 at 11:31 pm

Quote(I feel a bit sorry for her. Seems like she’s never belonged to whites or blacks as a kid and really needed some fellow mixed-race kids for a sense of belonging.)

The woman was the vice president of the Black Student Union at her school, I don’t think she had as hard a time fitting in as you think she did.

Secondly, not all first generations kids have the same problems. So you could put a whole bunch of them together, one group will say this, while another says that, and some just want give a Sh.t(saying like me or don’t). I don’t know how it is with the ones in England, so I can only speak for ones I know. The ones I know, don’t seem to have those problems about not fitting in.

Also how do you know she didn’t have some other FGM’s to hang out with?. She definitely had MGM’s to hangout with

Quote(And, i’m not sure what part of the world (or race) would see her as ‘Black’. Surely most are knowledgeable enough to notice she is mixed..?)

Well first she says she’s black, doesn’t she count? I’ve been told by people on this site, that African Americans are nothing but mulattoes. There are Africans that tell us we’re nothing but water down mulattoes. There was some crazy Egyptian guy just last week on some show over there, yelling that African Americans are just shameful mulattoes. So it seems that no sees use as black people over here, except us and the white people here.

Quote(Surely most are knowledgeable enough to notice she is mixed..?)

Looking like her over here, doesn’t mean you’re a FGM. The families over here are full of people who are just as bright or brighter than her, and they are MGM’s. My sister thinks she’s the queen of black women, and she’s the brighter than Paula is. My sister in-law is nickname (whiteface), because she’s so bright(yet there’s been no white person in her family for at least 4 generations)

Kimmel June 11, 2016 at 6:26 am

“The woman was the vice president of the Black Student Union at her school, I don’t think she had as hard a time fitting in as you think she did.”

Okay then, I stand partially corrected. I still feel based on her comment that she was forced down a corridor and claimed the ‘Black’ tag for herself.

I’m not going to pretend i’m well-versed on the American population to an intricate level, I just presumed there wouldn’t have been many overtly mixed-race kids around when Patton was growing up in the 80s so she may have found self-identifying difficult.

(By the way, what does “FGM” and “MGM” stand for? Is it First-Generation Mixed and Multi-generational mixed?)

“Well first she says she’s black, doesn’t she count?

I guess, because when talking about race it’s more of a social construct than a genetic one, but I don’t think it makes much sense to claim ‘Black’ when it’s obvious one is mixed – It doesn’t look good on any of her racial groups.

“African Americans are nothing but mulattoes”

I wouldn’t go that far but I would say African Americans do have a unique racial mix, which to my naked eye differentiates them from the people straight out of Africa. But of course, to outside groups (non-blacks) we’re all the same to an extent.

On your last point: It’s becoming clearer and clearer to me that culture & the way one was raised can play an important role in how someone either develops their identity or how they are labelled by others in the US.

fuzzybear44 June 12, 2016 at 1:43 am

@Kimmel

Quote(Okay then, I stand partially corrected. I still feel based on her comment that she was forced down a corridor and claimed the ‘Black’ tag for herself.)

Well see that’s you projecting. You ever thought, that maybe she just felt more comfortable seeing herself as a black woman?

Quote( I just presumed there wouldn’t have been many overtly mixed-race kids around when Patton was growing up in the 80s so she may have found self-identifying difficult.)

Well see you’re wrong about that, they’ve alway been in the black population. However, other FGM are not what you need,True friends are what you need.A true friend isn’t going to care what you are or what you’re not mixed with. In my crew, we had a white friend. For 6 years we hung out, until we went to different colleges. He wasn’t black, but it didn’t matter, because we were true friends. True friends let you be yourself, that’s what you need. Me myself, I don’t care what you’re mixed with, if you’re a cool person, that’s all that counts.

Quote(By the way, what does “FGM” and “MGM” stand for? Is it First-Generation Mixed and Multi-generational mixed?)

Yes

Quote( but I don’t think it makes much sense to claim ‘Black’ when it’s obvious one is mixed – It doesn’t look good on any of her racial groups.)

Well, you just kicked out at least 1/3 of the black population here. Also, what about the ones that are not obvious, because you do know many times, they don’t come out light. Basily, you’re projecting your ideology on her. She wants to say she’s black, and you’re saying, you don’t think it right (no difference). My father side of the family, are light bright, you might as well say white. However they answer to black, are they hurting anyone by doing that,( I don’t think so).

Quote(On your last point: It’s becoming clearer and clearer to me that culture & the way one was raised can play an important role in how someone either develops their identity or how they are labelled by others in the US)

Exactly, We’re are brought up to take pride in our African side. We know were mixed, but like I said before, a lot of that euro contribution didn’t come by in a good way. Also with the way Whites still treat us today, doesn’t exactly endear us to them

Greyface April 3, 2016 at 9:10 pm

“I am 100% BLACK and hate myself”

-Paula Patton

cwm85 August 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

She’s biracial but looks mostly European in facial features and complexion.

midori29 March 12, 2016 at 3:57 pm

This site promotes too many stereotypes of what real black people look like. YES there are West African subsaharan black people with Paula Pattons same look. Goofle the Tauregs of West Africa. Link

https://talkingdrumsblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/nicest-traditional-clothing-in-africa/comment-page-1/

labird August 22, 2015 at 8:26 am

Van Raden is a Dutch Surname is it likely that she had Dutch roots somehow.

hesh123 August 7, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Never new she was part black

cwm85 July 27, 2015 at 2:56 pm

I wonder why she is so defensive on being being biracial. I’m tri-racial and have no issue being called that because I am and I’m proud of my African, European and Native American ancestry. No one looked at her would think she is a native of Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Togo, Liberia. You are what you are and be proud. She sets a old and bad example of multiracial people. Shame for her thoughts on her other side, her mother.

midori29 July 27, 2015 at 3:49 pm

@cwm85, I have seen native Nigerians looking like her. I can post you some.

midori29 July 27, 2015 at 3:59 pm
andrew July 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

which one?

midori29 August 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

@Andrew, this link below Nigerian Iheoma Nnandi is 100% West African Nigerian and she does not bleach her skin.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN0Fl9MqKgE

cwm85 July 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Those are lovely african women. Without a doubt but they do not have the phenotype of Paula Patton. And although some were light brown none were quite her complexion. Paula Patton complexion is olive at darkest. This was no way to disrespect those lovely Nigerian women. But Paula wouldn’t quite blend in. Lol

xoxo July 30, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Looking nothing like a Nigerian woman, get your eyes checked.

midori29 August 7, 2015 at 11:35 am

Nigerians and West Africans would accept her. She can still be one, the African still shows, even though it is mixed. And she could definitely be Ethiopian. East African or Eritrian.

cwm85 August 7, 2015 at 12:32 pm

She does NOT look like a black African woman. The woman looks nearly Caucasian. Look at her and swing vote. I assumed she was Caucasian or mestizo until I read her bio. Her phenotype is strongly european. Her nose, lips etc.

midori29 August 7, 2015 at 12:06 pm

@XOXO check link 100% Nigerian woman, you can see the black in Paula even though she is mixed. As long as you can see the African , yes she does look West African and whatever else she has. West Africans would accept her.
Check link 100% West African girl
http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9046

midori29 August 7, 2015 at 12:08 pm

@XOXO, link 100% West African Nigerian girl
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN0Fl9MqKgE

neiltennant July 12, 2015 at 11:43 am

looking at her i ask myself WHY AND HOW robin thicke could cheat on her haha

maurogomes3193 July 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm

he cheat because he love other black girls kk

neiltennant July 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

come on guy or girl

most people are color blind when it comes to cheating etc.

I mean (especially ) most men like women if they are attractive

they don’t think about color so much

i know so many people who admire Beyonce, on the other hand they like cameron diaz etc. and the (young) naomi campbell

noneofyourbusiness January 31, 2015 at 1:02 am

I was so sure she had Asian ancestry. Her eyes look somewhat Asian. She looks more than just black and white and could pass as a multiracial Latina.

She looks part Asian: http://www.blackfilm.com/read/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Paula-Patton-4.jpg

midori29 August 7, 2015 at 12:04 pm

@Noneofyourbussiness ALOT of black/Africans have naturally slanted eyes, Asians and all people came from Africans.

Black South Africans have big time slanted eyes.
http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9046

someone from the internet September 5, 2014 at 4:06 am

I just want to know if she used to be a man… She looks manly to me. That’s why I don’t really find her attractive.

WTF September 15, 2014 at 3:08 am

LMFAO I said something similar about her. She does look like she could be a tranny.

neiltennant July 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

i hate those comments

come on let me see how you look

most people who write this look like MISS PIGGY

blah October 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Aw, YOU MAD? Lmao

Shawn August 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

her facial features look fully Caucasian

Your Mom August 5, 2014 at 4:46 am

I Was Looking At Numerous Pictures Of Paula Patton, And She Looks Multiracial. Not Just White And Black. She Has Asian Eyes. She Looks Like A Multiracial Brazilian That Is Mixed With 3 Or More Races.

SEEXYPUREBLOODLATINA July 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

She’s pretty and looks very white. I was surprised she’s half black bc she does notttt look it at all! And can someone pls tell why she married that ugly R&B wannabe!iilk

yrotsih August 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm

if she’s light brown how can she look white or black? or white and black ,she’s def not grey.In reality she comes from people of two different cultures of course but not two different races no one is racially mixed ..there is only one race which is the human race I’m sorry you got brainwashed and all life on earth all of this creation appears the way it does because we have a creator come on wakeup we’re all on earth and we’re all related so get over the it and pass the artificial line already .

Princess June 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Paula Patton’s father is half Native American. She stated this in an interview.

follers June 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm

What interview is that book?

fuzzybear44 June 13, 2014 at 4:13 am

I wanna know to

Princess June 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

She barely looks Black.

yrotsih August 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

you have a problem you were saying ignorant things about some of the other celebs on here as well obviously she doesn’t look black because she’s brown. and if you’re talking about culture physical facial features and skin tone has nothing to do with culture or nationality ,so yeah .

WTF May 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I forgot to say that she looks like she could be related to The Rock. lmfao

WTF May 31, 2014 at 6:51 am

idk something’s off about paula. she aint ugly but she aint pretty either. she kinda looks like a shemale. very masculine looking. is she a hermaphrodite?

xoxKxox May 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I don’t know why y’all are so hurt she chooses to identify as black, it’s her business. It doesn’t always mean they’re ashamed to be white they just might identify with their black culture more.

WTF April 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm

I thought she was Puerto Rican. There are PR girls who look like her.

mikaela February 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Frankly speaking, I identify with my black heritage because the black part of me has been criticized for many years about the choices my parents made 30yrs ago. Plus, its always the first thing people ask about or notice so they label you as such…”black I see so black you be”!

For some odd reason, the black race doesn’t deny me of anything other than welcome who I am as a person and doesn’t try to dominate or impose anything on me because of what they see in front of them. Now my family think I’m beautiful and a good person; but they hated me as a kid. The alcoholic wino &%^#@, seems to be interested in what I am doing and why I choose not to care about them, when in fact they are the ones who made me think this way about them.

Unless you live it you don’t know it. White people can be very cruel with their insensitive and impulsive comments when they are upset, even when its your mother who made you the way you are. It is hard to please the white race and so I am very comfortable identifying with my black sisters and brothers as we all fight in this struggle to be recognized as human beings. I don’t hate any person or race. I just know first hand of what whites give. I have lived amongst them and worked above and underneath them. You just can’t be proud of something so pale and flaky on the outside, but can be so mean, dark, viscious and cold on the inside…they do apologize because they realize that you hurt or that you still remember and you are growing up, but by then its too late. It only takes one racist act or one racist statement.

A child once scared and scarred, will always be wary of the racist monsters lurking in the shadows, even if its your older brother and sisters and grandparents. Your hatred made me strong and successful, too bad you guys are plagued by misfortunes, addictions, illnesses and death.

I remember my old weary black grandma aways used to say that GOD IS WATCHING, and I never believed her, or in him, how could be watching cruel intentions and let them play out? You were right he was watching and all that you said and promised came through, I wish you had lived long enough to see, but yes you were right, he is always watching!!! I model my ways and my heart is like yours Granmuber!LUB U MUCH!

iheartcookies2012 April 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I’m happy that you are now successful even when your black side was criticizing you. For me my black side was/is super critical of my Filipino and Italian side than vice versa my mom side could careless. I think for me identify with all aspects in degrees while I’m usually looked as as black in the states, while at school I’m looked typically as a Italian speaker, and near the family that I’m close to Filipino. I feel as long as you feel true to yourself that is where your identity comes from.

iheartcookies2012 April 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I went when your white side was critiquing you.

ihatemostpeople January 18, 2014 at 6:28 am

If I had a mixed child and they flat out denied me, I would be pissed off. She’s half of her mother who is white, so she’s not just black. She didn’t come from two black people, so she’s not black. She’s mixed. I already know some idiot is going to bring up the one drop rule, but idgaf she’s still mixed in my eyes. I don’t consider mixed people to be black.

ectag February 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

It’s not that they’re not black it’s just that they’re not JUST black. There is nothing offensive about the term “biracial” it’s an accurate description in her case; what she is in effect doing is denying her whiteness.

I’m not buying what she’s saying though; I think she’s just saying what “the black community” wants to hear. Light skinned blacks, especially attractive bi-racial women married to white guys, receive A LOT of criticism from “the black community” questining “their blackness”. As a consequence a lot of them will make foolish statements like Patton makes here in order to “prove their blackness”.

I call it Halle Berry Syndrome. Berry, who is biracial with a blonde blueye eyed kid and has for the most part been with white men (biracial baseball player Dave Justice being the only exception I am aware of), often makes token “mikitant black” statements in media to assure ” the black community” that she isn’t “denying her blackness”.

Inane.

fuzzybear44 February 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

I have to ask,are you black or biracial?

(It’s not that they’re not black it’s just that they’re not JUST black. There is nothing offensive about the term “biracial” it’s an accurate description in her case)

Well if that the case,it’s accurated description for most of the black people in this country.You guys the throw the word bi-racial around,but you only want to used one part of the definition,and ignore the other .It doesn’t just mean one parent this,one that.It also means being of two race.That encompasses the majority of the black people here,as well as a good size part of the white community .Blair underwood is 26% white,that’s makes him bi-racial by the definition of the word.You going to say he’s not?

(I’m not buying what she’s saying though; I think she’s just saying what “the black community” wants to hear.)

So let me see if I have this correct.According to you,she knew that one day,she would be famous.So her being the vice-president of her high school (black student union) 20 yrs ago,was just a set up for her future claims to blackness.Because God forbid she may actually see herself as a black woman.Because according to you,why would someone chose something so awful as to say their black,where they can say their something else.

( Light skinned blacks, especially attractive bi-racial women married to white guys, receive A LOT of criticism from “the black community” questining “their blackness”.)

Well your right,alot of them do.However that goes both ways,because alot of white people are marrying bi-racial people to.However the criticism isn’t just coming from the black side.There are many sites where whites express their anger at mixed marriage,calling them race traitors.There are sites where Asians express there anger etc.

( for the most part been with white men (biracial baseball player Dave Justice being the only exception I am aware of)
Halle has been with as many famous black men as she has white(Heavy D,Wesley Snipes,Christopher Williams,Shemar Moore,Eric Benét,Michael Ealy,Dave Justice ).Also there’s no telling who she date before she was famous.

(I call it Halle Berry Syndrome)

Well I’m going call white people who deny there mixed background(White man scared to be impure syndrome).Because from what I’ve seen,white people go out there way to deny anything that make them seem nonwhite.White people can have every trait under the sun,but don’t you even darn hint they’re not pure.That according to you,people like amber are making it up.That you guys call people like (gabrielle reece) white,even when she says her father was black.That the this man (santino rice) is called white,when he’s part black:
http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/[email protected]@._V1_SY400_SX349_.jpg
Dorian Kingi is part black ,but is called white
http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/[email protected]@._V1_SX640_SY720_.jpg
Tom Sizemore hid his black heritage:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2011/02/tom-sizemore-one-man-show-geffen.html
Craig Cobb says no matter what his DNA says,he white:
http://www.wday.com/media/full/jpg/2013/11/18/craig-cobb1.jpg
etc,etc,etc

Everyone I know is of a mixed background.They range from dam near white to dark.Not one of them calls them self black,just to make the black community happy,it’s how we feel,and see ourselves

fuzzybear44 February 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I meant to split this part

( for the most part been with white men (biracial baseball player Dave Justice being the only exception I am aware of)

Halle has been with as many famous black men as she has white(Heavy D,Wesley Snipes,Christopher Williams,Shemar Moore,Eric Benét,Michael Ealy,Dave Justice ).Also there’s no telling who she date before she was famous.

Alana Danhtu February 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm

When you talk about bi-racial we are in fact talking about two DIRECT races being mixed, not someone down the line that we might have a piece of a part of their blood. For example look at the definition http://www.thefreedictionary.com/biracial this is what we’re referring too. And before you ask yes I’m BI-racial, even on paper and I don’t claim to be white nor black cause I’m ALL EQUALLY as Patton is, she’s denying being white by that statement…not cool at all. Her poor mother…It doesn’t matter how you “feel” it’s what you are. I don’t care if they are dropping one rather they’re black or white either way it’s wrong.

exotiq April 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm

lol…You’re kidding, right? lol :) …”Most black people in America are mixed?!” …Really? …That’s funny, cause most of the ones I see in Florida, and Texas, and Georgia, and New Mexico, etc…They look black, not mixed. And I do know that there are many black folks that don’t mix with other races, they are black, generation to generation, so it might be true that there are muliracial blacks, going all the way back to slavery days, but if they are predominantly black, that’s “what they be!”

People like me, who were born into a family where one parent is black and the other is white, makes me mixed…not JUST black, or JUST white…. MIXED….And guess what, I do look mixed, in fact, some would argue that I don’t even look black, since I’m actually from a Latin-Caribbean country and America classifies me as Hispanic….And this is actually how most people view me…. So I know if I stand next to a “sistah,” people won’t be looking at me and then looking at her and saying, “Yup, they both black”.

….Somehow, since coming to this country, I’ve been living and growing up here, in this country, it seems as though there has been a shift in the way many African Americans think of themselves…In the 70’s, they were all about “Black Power” and being proud to be black, walking around in Dasheekees and everything….But now, these days, it’s like I always here this “We’re mixed” BS now…What happened to the pride? …Like it’s no longer cool to be JUST BLACK anymore…Now you gotta be mixed….LIKE ME!!! lol …SMDH….

exotiq April 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

…lol …So if a black person is 26% white, that makes them biracial? …Tell me something, are both of their parents black? …So what percentage do you figure makes a person biracial? 26% of one thing, and 74% of something else? …Or how about 10% of one thing and 90% of something else…are they still considered biracial??? lol :) …You’re so called “logic” baffles me! lol :) …What it really sounds like is that you and any other black person that agrees with you, doesn’t like being just plain ole’ black….What? Is that too boring for you now? You want to seem more exotic by saying that you’re mixed because you’re 26% white?? ….So if you’re 55% white, does that make you more white than black, or are you still black? …Because we all know that if you’re even just 1% black, you’re still black, right? …According to the old, out-dated, ‘one drop rule’, right? …But then again, according to your logic…You’re still mixed though! lol :)

fuzzybear44 April 12, 2014 at 1:52 am

@exotiq

(Most black people in America are mixed?)

Yes according to Geneticist,3/4 of the AA population is of mixed ethinicity.Take it up with them,if you don’t like it.

(That’s funny, cause most of the ones I see in Florida, and Texas, and Georgia, and New Mexico, etc…They look black, not mixed.)

For a person who claims to be mixed,you don’t know very much about the subject.You should know,you can’t look at someone and say what’s not in their background.Like you said,you’re part black,but no would take you for a sistah.

(And I do know that there are many black folks that don’t mix with other races, they are black, generation to generation, so it might be true that there are muliracial blacks, going all the way back to slavery days, but if they are predominantly black, that’s “what they be!”)

How do you know who other black people are laying up with,are you spying on them,Do your neighbors know you’re a PEEPER.I guess exotiq real stand for freaky neighbor.Also no one is saying that the person is not predominantly black,but if you’re not 100% you’re mixed period.

(People like me, who were born into a family where one parent is black and the other is white, makes me mixed…not JUST black, or JUST white…. MIXED….And guess what, I do look mixed, in fact, some would argue that I don’t even look black, since I’m actually from a Latin-Caribbean country and America classifies me as Hispanic….And this is actually how most people view me…. So I know if I stand next to a “sistah,” people won’t be looking at me and then looking at her and saying, “Yup, they both black”.)

Ok you were born into that type of family,and look mixed.What do you want me to say,good for you?Also the people you’ve come into contact with,might not be around stuff like this.I’m around it everyday,so you wouldn’t be a surprise to me.

(….Somehow, since coming to this country, I’ve been living and growing up here, in this country, it seems as though there has been a shift in the way many African Americans think of themselves…In the 70′s, they were all about “Black Power” and being proud to be black, walking around in Dasheekees and everything….But now, these days, it’s like I always here this “We’re mixed” BS now…What happened to the pride? …Like it’s no longer cool to be JUST BLACK anymore…Now you gotta be mixed….LIKE ME!!! lol …SMDH….)

I don’t know who you’re hanging out with,but every black person I know,is proud to say their black.Everyone around here comes from a mixed background,but black is the only thing they will answer to(despite their outward appearance).

(So if a black person is 26% white, that makes them biracial?)

Don’t get it twisted,I would see that person as black.However if 26% of your bloodline belongs to another group,you are biracial(by the very mean of the word)

(Tell me something, are both of their parents black?)

Yes both my parents see themselves as black,but no they are not 100%.

(So what percentage do you figure makes a person biracial? 26% of one thing, and 74% of something else? …Or how about 10% of one thing and 90% of something else…are they still considered biracial??? lol :) …You’re so called “logic” baffles me! lol :) …

Yes that would still be biracial.it’s basic math,sorry you can’t understand that.If you’re not 100%,that means you’re of two different groups,which is why they attach the prefix (BI) to the word

(What it really sounds like is that you and any other black person that agrees with you, doesn’t like being just plain ole’ black….What? Is that too boring for you now? You want to seem more exotic by saying that you’re mixed because you’re 26% white?? ….So if you’re 55% white, does that make you more white than black, or are you still black? )

Well as anyone on this site(friend or not), can tell you that I’m the last person who would ever say he was ashamed of being black.I am very proud to be a black man

(Because we all know that if you’re even just 1% black, you’re still black, right? …According to the old, out-dated, ‘one drop rule’, right? …But then again, according to your logic…You’re still mixed though! lol :)

For the record sweetie,I don’t tell anyone what they have to be.If you’re 1% black,then you’re just 1% black.If a white person has black blood,then i always say they have black heritage,but that’s not calling them black.If you can’t understand what 100% means,then your logic baffles me

Jodie January 18, 2014 at 5:37 am

She’s an ass…….

Say WHAT? January 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm

I agree with you Jodie. And she’s obsessed with her son getting darker too. If she wanted her son to be darker, she should have married a black man. But these days it’s all about self-identification, so if she sees herself as black, that’s fine too I guess. But why be offended?

what January 8, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I don’t understand how she finds biracial offensive, bi means both, its not choosing one or the other, but acknowledging both, oh well, watch out mariah

diana January 10, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Paula is stupid,
I find [the term biracial] offensive. It’s a way for people to separate themselves from African Americans….a way of saying, ‘I’m better than that.’ I’m black because that’s the way the world sees me.

ok Paula so go ahead and keep denying your mother then because when you say you are just black then that’s exactly what you’re doing! Who gives a f8ck how the world see you, they don’t pay your bills, your family is more important than how the world see you and since when you allow the world to define you? shame on you, your son looks more white than anything are you also gonna tell him he’s just black OR since the world may see him as white then he will in turn say he’s just white and deny you? See how you’re not making sense there Paula.

smiley January 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm

She’s married to Robin Thicke of course she’s stupid.

smiley January 11, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Yes, I agree. It’s one thing to state that you think you look like one parent more than the other. It’s another thing to claim one part of your heritage and not the other. But what really aggravates me is that she said the term “biracial” was offensive. I mean, WTF? Completely hypocritical too. Like you said, the term “biracial” isn’t denying anything it’s acknowledging both sides, but by saying she’s only black she’s not acknowledging her white side.

fuzzybear44 January 12, 2014 at 5:52 am

She’s not being hypocritical,she’s being accurate.She’s saying she doesn’t see her parents as two different races,because they are not. That’s was the very heart of racism right there,trying to say black and white were different species.You said biracial means both.Well by that logic, blair underwood is biracial,however everyone sees him as black.Since no one is mixed the same here, You might as well start making up new races for people who are(black/white/east asian/and native american),or like Snoop dog(black/white/native American)..No one calls Boris Kodjoe stupid,he’s biracial but he sees himself as a black man.You might as well call most of the half celebs stupid(halle ,Kat Graham, laura london etc),all of them call themselves black.Like i said before,I never heard of Paula saying she didn’t love her mother,nor do i ever hear of her mother complaining.

smiley January 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

That was not what she meant. She didn’t say “I find the term biracial offensive because we are all one race,” she said “I find [the term biracial] offensive. It’s a way for people to separate themselves from African Americans.”

fuzzybear44 January 12, 2014 at 9:55 am

Ok lets take what you said,what are african Americans,but a bunch of biracial people.So what’s the point of calling yourself that.I don’t know a single African American who is not both black and white.That was the whole point of the phrase African American.It’s not a skin color,but a cultural Identity/heritage.Which was to encompass all the so called(50/50,60/40,80/20,75/25 etc) in the black community.As they say,your life experiences are what shapes you,and whatever she has been through,showed her she was a black woman.

smiley January 12, 2014 at 10:03 am

Your life experiences do not shape your ethnicity, your genes or ancestors do. My life experiences aren’t going to suddenly transform me from a white girl into a Chinese person.

fuzzybear44 January 12, 2014 at 10:25 am

I don’t know how you got this,from what I said.:
( My life experiences aren’t going to suddenly transform me from a white girl into a Chinese person.)
However if you are a so-called biracial person,that have been brought up to see yourself as a black person,then that’s how you’re going to see yourself.That’s why you have some biracial people who say their black,while other say mixed ,and then you have the ones who look white ,and therefore say they are white

smiley January 12, 2014 at 10:48 am

You said “your life experiences are what shapes you, and whatever she has been through, showed her she was a black woman.” Her life experiences are not going to change her genetics. She looks both black and white. She has a white mother so how was she “brought up” to see herself as a black person?

fuzzybear44 January 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

Ok I see you don’t understand.I’m not talking about a physical change,I’m talking about your mindset,how you see yourself.As you said,(She looks both black and white),and she probably was reminded of this everyday,that she looked different.Let me give an example,because I have some cousins that are like paula. There are these two sisters,that are being raised by their white father,and his family in a predominantly white area.The oldest girl,looks exactly like her mother(brown skinned).However her little sister took right after her daddy side.At our last reunion,she was crying to her grandmother(the black one).How she saw herself as the oddity there,that she always was more comfortable around us.What I’m saying is that the negative feelings that she’s having,are what’s shaping her mentality,and it might be the same with paula.Like I mention early,no one calls Boris stupid.He said the same thing in an interview:
http://www.bet.com/news/celebrities/2012/07/24/boris-kodjoe-i-walk-the-earth-as-a-black-man.html

smiley January 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

Actually I do understand I just disagree with you. Skin color shouldn’t be an identity. Who you are, what you do, what you like, that is your identity. Paula is supporting the idea that people should be separated into black and white. I understand that certain experiences shaped her view point but that doesn’t make her any less bigoted. Actually it probably clouded her judgement.

fuzzybear44 January 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

(Skin color shouldn’t be an identity)

While I do agree with this statement,it’s unfortunate that this is not the reality of the times we live in.People see your skin color,and a lot times treat you or judge you accordingly.

(Paula is supporting the idea that people should be separated into black and white.)

I have to disagree with you on that.I don’t think she’s supporting anything.She’s simply saying she doesn’t want to be called Biracial.It’s her right to have her own mind,she’s not telling anyone else what to call themselves.That’s she’s ok with being seen as a black woman.I don’t see her telling all the other biracial people what to do,or call themselves.Yet here you are along with others,judging and disliking her about something,she said about herself.

( I understand that certain experiences shaped her view point but that doesn’t make her any less bigoted. Actually it probably clouded her judgement.)

Everyone has their own mindset.So if you believe she’s being a bigoted,you might as well say everyone on this site is guilty of that.

However,it’s obvious we’re going to have to agree to disagree,and i’ll drop the subject.I have to go,have a nice day bye

cbgallagher January 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

If we were all to follow your line of thinking, then even though I am genetically 100% Caucasian/European/White, well, I rather feel like being Asian today. Ni hao? Konichiwa! Idiot.

ectag February 13, 2014 at 5:36 am

Fuzzybear44 has probably has a cup or 3 of the feel good, “there is no such thing as race” Kool Aid. Or there is, but it’s “just a social construct”.

Yeah.

Right.

Fuzzybear44 is also projecting this view onto Paula Patton, who clearly does not share it. Paula is saying (a) there are races and (b) I’m black, not white.

She is NOT saying “we’re all the same race, Kumbaya!” Quite the contrary in fact.

I personally think Paula is just saying this to be politically correct, but I digress.

Also, Fuzzy is being phony when she/he suggests all blacks are biracial. That’s nonsense. In the US there are many blacks with substantial white ancestry, but most blacks are mostly black. And when people use the teem biracial they mean people with two parents of different races. A black person with some remote white ancestry is not considered “biracial”. There is a big difference between having some remote admixture from a different race and being “biracial ” or “mixed”. If Bill Clinton were to take one of those pop DNA tests and discover he has some trace Indian ancestry (like 2%) nobody would henceforth classify him the first biracial president.

But I digress…

fuzzybear44 February 13, 2014 at 10:48 pm

(Fuzzybear44 is also projecting this view onto Paula Patton, who clearly does not share it.)

Oh I’m sorry,I didn’t realize you knew Paula.I mean If I’m of guilty of projecting my views,so are you.Here you are calling people names(like nazi),and telling them how to think.For a person who says this is ridiculous,your on it alot.

(Also, Fuzzy is being phony when she/he suggests all blacks are biracial. That’s nonsense. In the US there are many blacks with substantial white ancestry, )

I’m basing my information on DNA results,what are you basing yours on?Also I stated many times,that i said the majority of African Americans,not all.Read the comment correctly next time,and stop letting your mind add words.

Maybe you should take your own advice about the cups of feel good

Lisa January 8, 2014 at 9:36 pm

People keep saying she look Latino or Hispanic. Latino or Hispanic is an ethnicity not a race. Most Latino people can be mix with Spanish (white), Native American and African. Mostly if Latino people take a DNA test in certain countries are mostly 60% Spanish, 21% African and 12% Native. So basically some Latinos are triracial. So duh a course she will look like you. Latinos get a DNA test you will be surprise to see how much black and white blood you have.

diana January 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Exactly, Hispanic is not a race, it’s an ethnicity meaning you can be white, black, native american, asian and still be hispanic. For example celia cruz and pitbull are both cubans ethnic wise but racial wise celia is black, pitbull is white. Plenty of latinos have african blood, the slave ship stopped everywhere, look at emiliano zapata mother, former president vicente guererro and pio pico, all have african blood.

ectag February 13, 2014 at 5:56 am

It’s not a race or an ethnicity. It’s a US political term for people from Spanish speaking countries.

American race politics and political correctness has thoroughly confused people about these once well understood terms.

Ethnicity is in reality a subset of race. For example, Italian, Spanish, and Irish are different ethnic groups within the white race. Hutsu and Tutsi are different ethnic groups within the black race. Korean and Japanese are different ethnic groups within the Mongoloid race.

You cannot be of the same ethnicity but a different race. Spaniards and blacks and Amerindians are not of the same ethnicity.

The only thing all so-called Hispanics share is a common language. Also, throughout Latin-America the populations tend to be some mix of white (usually Spanish), indigenous Amerindian, and black. People can be white, black, Indian, or some mix thereof. Most Latin-American countries have mestizo (white/Indian mix) majorities, but some mestizos look more white and some look more Indian. Outside the Caribbean and a Brazil mulattos (white/black mix) is relatively rare.

The Beautiful Ones January 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

Why do you ppl keep saying she’s “in denial”!?!? Don’t you think she knows she has a white mom! She accepts her African American side, good for her. She doesn’t try to play it off like it’s not good enough.

diana January 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm

She’s in denial because she is just claiming her dads race not her moms

The Beautiful Ones January 12, 2014 at 11:31 am

well, if let’s say she just claimed her mom’s side when the “black” is clearly present. That would be crazy! Y’all are just haters because she loves being black AND her man is FINE!!!

AnonymousPerson January 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

Her white features are also present. I would never mistake her for being 100% black. She looks exotic and ambiguous.

crazy fans network 0 ~~¢=3 January 7, 2014 at 12:58 am

No he ain’t you a thirsty child

big cocky nigga January 7, 2014 at 12:50 am

Lolololololololololol she’s so b pretty het husband ain’t that fine though

Lexus January 7, 2014 at 12:48 am

I thought she was Hispanic I thought she was a fellow Latina then I was thinking she probably half black half white cuz her last name don’t sound Spanish :+{ )

AnonymousPerson January 5, 2014 at 5:49 am

It’s obvious she is mixed. I don’t know why she denies her white heritage, it makes her look stupid. She actually looks more Hispanic than black.

fuzzybear44 January 7, 2014 at 5:40 am

I don’t see her mother complaining.What about all the black people who are 12,15,25% white,but call themselves black. Isn’t there a grandparent that’s being denied?What about the white people who are (12,15,25%)black,but say they’re white?,no one says anything to them. She’s married to a white man.She had that white man’s kid,she’s not denying anything.She doesn’t want to be called Bi-racial,well good for her,We are not different races.That’s the real reason we have all these problems,because people still keep that idea alive

exotiq April 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm

fuzzybear44, you seem to have some ‘fuzzy thinking’…. lol :)

How do you know what her mother says? Do you know her personally? …And there you go with your “12, 15, 25% White” B.S… That has never made a person biracial regardless of their races…. 25% of something might make them a “QUADROON”, but not Biracial. You do know fractions, don’t you? If a person is 25% white and 75% black, then logic would make them predominantly black, or a “Quadroon” black person, and the same could be said on the flip side; 25% black, and 75% white–a quadroon white….like Halle Berry’s daughter Nahla, for instance….as well as Paula’s & Robin’s blonde haired, blue-eyed son.

You said yourself, that people will consider you to be what you look like, right? Discounting actual DNA…. According to my DNA results, I’m 55% European (white), does that make me more white? Hmmm…. Something to think about….But it’s like you said, “It’s what you look like” …So if I look like you’re typical Latin person, with olive skin tone, soft, curly/wavy hair, does that make more white? No, of course not, does it make me black? Not typically….But I am actually Latin, so I guess I fit right in the middle, so it is what I look like afterall….

What’s wrong with saying that you’re mixed or biracial anyway? If that’s what you REALLY ARE? …and I’m not talking about 25% of something….I actually have 2 parents of different races, so I think I have more authority on claiming the ‘mixed or biracial’ label than if I had a white great, great, great grandmother or grandfather (but I do also, anyway!), but if both of my parents would happen to be black—That wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to most people, don’t you think?

Claiming you’re genetic & cultural heritage is a personal decision, and not you or anyone else can claim that for me….Nor can I or anyone else claim that for you (if you’re even mixed, that is)…. If Paula wants to claim herself to be solely black, that’s her perogative, and it doesn’t mean that every other mixed or biracial person, who is a mixture of both black & white, has to go along with her in their own assessment of themselves. We all know that 2 mixed people will not necessarily look the same, when some can look more black and some will look more white, while others can be somewhere in the middle…..

We all come from different walks of life, but when you say that someone who is 25% white is called biracial, I think you need to re-analyze your assessment, because it’s not exactly factual….just sayin’

fuzzybear44 April 12, 2014 at 3:30 am

@exotiq

(How do you know what her mother says? Do you know her personally?)

I have to know her mother.Either she care what her mother thinks,or her mother is behind her 100%.Either way,she still says she’s a black woman.Now no matter what you or i say, it is her prerogative to do so

(That has never made a person biracial regardless of their races…. 25% of something might make them a “QUADROON”, but not Biracial. You do know fractions, don’t you?

Sweetie it’s you who don’t understand anything.“QUADROON” still consist of you being black and white,you know Biracial

(What’s wrong with saying that you’re mixed or biracial anyway? If that’s what you REALLY ARE? …and I’m not talking about 25% of something….

For me when I hear the word Biracial,it’s like saying black and white are two different species,which they are not ,I don’t mine the word mixed.Truthfully,I don’t care what anyone calls themselves.If i called you a black person,I wouldn’t be doing it to hurt your feelings,it would just be natural to me.However if you took offense to it,and told me so,then I wouldn’t call you that again.

(I actually have 2 parents of different races, so I think I have more authority on claiming the ‘mixed or biracial’ label than if I had a white great, great, great grandmother or grandfather (but I do also, anyway!), but if both of my parents would happen to be black—That wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense to most people, don’t you think?)

Look I understand what your saying.But I’m not the bad guy here.There are lots of people like you who want to be called biracial,then there are those like(Lonette McKee,Troy Byer,and Alicia Keys),who see themselves as black,is it really my fault i don’t have a problem with it?

The Beautiful Ones December 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

Her husband (Robin Thicke) is just so fine!

ihatemostpeople April 12, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Nah, he’s overrated. I lost respect for him when he let that nasty, talentless bitch twerk on him at the VMAs. Then after he grabbed that random chick’s ass in that picture. He also practically wrote an anthem for rapists (Blurred Lines).

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