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Old 12-15-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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Am I the only one not irritated by this kind of question?

I think Boston's people are relatively pale (white and black) compared to the west coast and the south. I don't know enough people from the midwest to really compare... However I would be more prone to argue that Bostonians of all ethnicity tend to have a "dark" demeanor meaning cynical and serious.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:15 PM
 
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Honestly I'm surprised that some people hate it when someone says they look darker. What's the matter?
Laughable. You assume a lot here. Me, I am Portuguese, commonly thought of as a dark skinned white or light skinned ethnic. I LOVE and am proud of this. I have been all over this country, mainly in rough, lower class areas, and people look and pretty much act the same everywhere. Seems to me you are just looking to stir the pot. YAWN.......
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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Laughable. You assume a lot here. Me, I am Portuguese, commonly thought of as a dark skinned white or light skinned ethnic. I LOVE and am proud of this. I have been all over this country, mainly in rough, lower class areas, and people look and pretty much act the same everywhere. Seems to me you are just looking to stir the pot. YAWN.......
I'm not a fair skinned person myself. May some posters here assume too much...
I just see the difference and find it interesting. That's it.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:59 PM
 
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Am I the only one not irritated by this kind of question?

I think Boston's people are relatively pale (white and black) compared to the west coast and the south. I don't know enough people from the midwest to really compare... However I would be more prone to argue that Bostonians of all ethnicity tend to have a "dark" demeanor meaning cynical and serious.
It only depends on how people start to answer it.

Actually, when I moved to Los Angeles I was extremely aware of the presence of blond people. I don't know about actual skin color, but the blondness on the West Coast definitely seems more prominent. I actually think many Irish have darker features than assumed. Also, it's pretty incredible how few red-haired, super-pale and freckled Irish people exist out in LA. I don't think about day to day but when I consider it, like now, it's pretty crazy how actually few people there are here who like that, and how many there are back home.

Anyways, what I'm saying is, point taken. Because of the ethnic mix, it's definitely possible. But I don't think it has anything to do with time spent outside and being on the coasts etc. This is genetics we're talking about.
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:34 PM
 
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What an odd thing to notice or care about.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:03 PM
 
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I can't even wrap my head around what the OP means.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:22 PM
 
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I moved here from the Midwest, and I think Bostonians (white people) look darker in general.
I am just wondering if it is a false perception or not.

I have even thought about some theories, like Bostonians are outdoors more, or there are more Italians and Portuguese. Usually coastal people tend to be darker too.

Yours may sound like a crazy question upon first reading, and esp for people who spent their lives in metro Boston, but I understand what you mean, perfectly.

I was in Lansing, Michigan, two times for a few weeks each and was struck by the contrast in hair and eye color: Lots and lots of blonds and light browns, lots of blue eyes. When I came back to Boston each time, I realized how many white people are of Mediterranean background, with dark, often tightly curly hair and dark brown eyes. (My b.f. himself was Italian and he really stuck out in Michigan. I saw no one who looked like him there.)
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:24 PM
 
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I'm not a fair skinned person myself. May some posters here assume too much...
I just see the difference and find it interesting. That's it.
I know what you mean. Don't worry.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Behind You!
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BTW, your pictures are lame, and using this particular one as an example for Boston is in very poor taste and class.
Don't be a moron, the OP is not from MA and probably just googled Boston and grabbed the first pic of a bunch of people that came up. 99.99999999% of this country wouldn't recognize what that pic was and you know it. Don't help prove that MA is full of overly sensitive crybabies. In the end it's a picture of people, the context is irrelevant.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:03 AM
 
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Yours may sound like a crazy question upon first reading, and esp for people who spent their lives in metro Boston, but I understand what you mean, perfectly.

I was in Lansing, Michigan, two times for a few weeks each and was struck by the contrast in hair and eye color: Lots and lots of blonds and light browns, lots of blue eyes. When I came back to Boston each time, I realized how many white people are of Mediterranean background, with dark, often tightly curly hair and dark brown eyes. (My b.f. himself was Italian and he really stuck out in Michigan. I saw no one who looked like him there.)
Oh I lived in Lansing too! East Lansing to be accurate. Michigan has many Dutch decedents I think. I remember a nearby town has a tulip festival every year. Also many Scandinavians.

I also lived in Kansas. Boston certainly stands out, compared to them.
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