I haven't had the pleasure yet of being able to go to hoop camp or attend events with other hoopers. I'm curious, for those of you who have a hooping community or who go out to events or take classes, how much racial and ethnic diversity do you see? I ask because I was looking at some pictures online with a friend (who is not a hooper) recently and she noted that there were no "people of color" in any of the pictures and that she would feel uncomfortable. I didn't know what to say to her except that was just the case in those particular pictures. But in reality, I don't know. That is to say, I do know that there are hoopers of varying backgrounds and races, but I'm curious if it is relatively rare to find people of color involved in hooping events and communities.
I know what you mean about the acting "white" or acting "black" kind of thing. It's so annoying and believe it or not I've exprienced this on both sides of the spectrum.
Sorry to those that I might offend but I've had these things said to me.
I've been told by my friends who are black that I talk really "proper" and that means that I am acting "white". Or some of the types of music that I list to are for "white people" Which is pure foolishness.
On the flip side, I've been called an oreo. Which is a derogatory name for being black on the outside and "white" on the inside. I was called this "jokingly" by a white person who was a friend of a friend. I had to correct that as well.
I've experienced conflict in all sorts of ways, sometimes I've found that people in the hooper/ rave community were intimated to approach me, based on how I look.
I think times have changed, its time to move on and stop looking at race so much. We all are different and we need to move away from these negative stereotypes!! Cuz its sooooo annoying! Lol
i agree with what martika says. my first boyfriend was black but he wasn't a stereotype. he listened to different types of music and even dressed differently and spoke differently (not trying to insult anyone :/)
however, he got a lot of crap for it. other black people called him a pussy for being different but i liked that he was different and didnt feel he had to fit a certain mold.
Ooooooooooo this is a interesting one lol. I'm glad you took notice of this particular topic. I'm African American/black, and it is very rare to find another hooper, let alone a hooper of another ethnicity other than Caucasian. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that but, maybe certain people are drawn to certain things more often, and its not that we do it on purpose it just kinda happens? But I have to admit it is very refreshing to me personally to see diversity in the hooping community. The same goes for me in the raver community. I know when me and my boyfriend go out, its kinda like a game to point out if there is a person at a show or rave that is another race or ethnicity. Lol
I have a couple extremes, for example I love hiphop, rap, r&b....like hardcore, and when people look at me they are surprised that I'm into stuff like hooping.That scene is completely different than the hooping scene. Sometimes they overlap, and sometimes they conflict.
I dunno where I'm going with this, but overall it is extremly rare to encounter women or men of color at events, shows, or raves and sometimes it can be alittle sad. But hey it has to start somewhere right?