Alex Rodriguez

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Rodriguez in 2007, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez

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

Date of Birth: July 27, 1975

Ethnicity: Dominican Republic

Alex Rodriguez is an American professional baseball shortstop and third baseman. He is also known as A-Rod. His parents, Lourdes and Victor Rodriguez, are Dominican. He was born in the United States, but spent some time in the Dominican Republic in his youth. He is able to speak Spanish as well as English.

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

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

Alex has two children with his former wife, Cynthia Scurtis.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was named Andres Rodriguez Varona (the son of Mariano Rodriguez Objio).

Alex’s paternal grandmother was named Zenovia Marcano Rodriguez (the daughter of Aurelia Castillo de Marcano).

Source: Genealogy of Alex Rodriguez (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

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70 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    @ ethnic

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

  2. xoxo says:

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

  3. guerra6 says:

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

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      @guerra6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      (Accept your own culture African Americans. )

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

    • midori29 says:

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

    • midori29 says:

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

  4. GeorgeJeanPierre says:

    hes mixed. and that is BIOLOGICAL FACT.

  5. Unite says:

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

    Spread peace, love and education!

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      To unite

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

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

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

      • fuzzybear44 says:

        meant to say doesn’t make a race

      • Unite says:

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

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

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

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

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

        • fuzzybear44 says:

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

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          To Unite

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

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

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

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

          See Distinct features or phenotypic characteristics

          Now lets see Dominicans:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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