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Old 10-07-2014, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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The locals are usually the "servers" and low income in the Caribbean.

I wouldn't mind being mistaken for a local, if the locals had a higher socioeconomic standing. When I visit Nova Scotia (for example), I wouldn't have any issues being viewed as a local Canadian.
WOWZA!!!! No words no words at all
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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The locals are usually the "servers" and low income in the Caribbean.

I wouldn't mind being mistaken for a local, if the locals had a higher socioeconomic standing. When I visit Nova Scotia (for example), I wouldn't have any issues being viewed as a local Canadian.
And there it is.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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WOWZA!!!! No words no words at all
Think of it as a reminder of why Americans abroad often have the reputation that they do.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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Lastly, I do not like being mistaken for an Aruban, or any other type of "local." I am told that it's due to my features and curly hair, but I personally find it insulting, since the locals are primarily the servers, and I do not project a low income vibe at all. My husband and I are upper middle class. Obviously, he doesn't have this problem because he is blonde/blue. Also, it never happens when I'm out with him, only during the early morning hours when I'm jogging on the beach, or walking throughout the resort w/out him.
Oh, good lord.

It just gets better and better.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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I'm calling troll on this one. It has to be. It's so egregiously ridiculous and condescending and offensive.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Westside Houston
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Why are people of mixed/African descent labeled, "African American," and not simply American? My ancestry has roots which are grounded in America for over 400 years. Are you European American? Please do not refer to me as African American. Although I have visited nations in Africa, I can't say that I personally identify with the culture, customs or languages, since again, my family has been in the U.S. for over 400 years (probably far longer than your ancestry).

I also do not like the label "black." I have yet to meet anyone with black skin, so why classify me as such? I find it insulting to be quite honest, because if you look up the term "black" in the dictionary, it is a very negative and despicable word.

Lastly, I do not like being mistaken for an Aruban, or any other type of "local." I am told that it's due to my features and curly hair, but I personally find it insulting, since the locals are primarily the servers, and I do not project a low income vibe at all. My husband and I are upper middle class. Obviously, he doesn't have this problem because he is blonde/blue. Also, it never happens when I'm out with him, only during the early morning hours when I'm jogging on the beach, or walking throughout the resort w/out him.
I know what the problem is. OP. go look in the mirror.

You don't want to be label as African american, you don't want to be label as black.
What are you?

How was anyone to know you are upper middle class? Cause at home you got a used E class benz?

Let me guess, at your work, you preferr to be call ms Patricia. Cause you demand respect.

Hello Ms Patricia, you may call me Sir Christopher.

You are lost lady.
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Old 10-07-2014, 07:47 AM
 
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Your biggest fear is someone yelling: "Yo! Black African American slave girl! Get me some water!"??
A lot of slaves and servers have a lot more dignity and class than upper middle class people IMO. If your ancestors were slaves, I would be proud to represent them. They survivied horrendous conditions that none of us can imagine.

Personally, I enjoyed being mistaken for a local when we were in Hawaii. And also when in CA, I was mistaken for a Filipino. Since I love both Hawaiians and Filipino's I was not offended.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:14 AM
 
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Reminds me a bit of my 2-wk stay in NYC. A lot of people there thought I was a local, although I dressed nothing like them. But all my life I've been told that I "sound" like a NY'r (it's actually a European accent I picked up from my parents). Other than that, I've no clue what it'd be.

It didn't bother me.

As for the OP, it could have been safer to be mistaken for a local.
I like to stay out of the all inclusives and try as much as possible to look like a local! Yes, just because I feel safer. And because people are less apt to follow me around trying to sell me things.

During an extended stay I have also noticed the locals are much more friendly and helpful if you adopt the local lifestyle. And it's a nice change of pace from home.

If anyone ever thought my Spanish was good enough to take me for a local I'd be very complimented, indeed.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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Wear a cowboy hat or some other kind of hat that the locals would never wear. Problem solved. Besides, if your at an all inclusive, everyone knows where you belong. Anyone who is mistaking you for a local isn't too bright.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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Ummm...How do New York City residents dress? The reason I ask is that it is a very diverse city and you see all styles of clothing.

That said, when I visit NYC, tourists sometimes ask me for directions. I doubt that they ask me because of the way I'm dressed. Rather, it's because I appear to know where I'm going
Could be the case, although I fell into a few actual conversations there with people who ended up surprised that I didn't live there.

However... and I'm not exaggerating!... New York city dwellers, in general, dress up a LOT better than Pacific Northwesterners.
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