Im east African, eritrean to be exact and sometimes when i look in the mirror im confused and dont know what i am... i look mixed but i know im African. When i look at my hair its big long and curly but its not ''nappy'' and when i look at my face i see small sharp features but its the same as arab or white people and my body type, im very thin and have no curves. I often felt like i couldnt really mix with the black people in school but with the white kids neither... i felt kinda confused with who to hang out cause no one considered me truly ''black'' so i hanged with the arab kids because of simiral cultures... so what are we then? I know we are ''black'' but i feel like im ''mixed'' and not fully black... is that true or are just a different kind of black?
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Well, interestingly enough the cause of the Rwandan Genocide had a lot to do with European perceptions of different African groups. They believed the Tutsis were migrants from the Horn of Africa who bore a closer resemblance to Europeans. After independence the Hutus took their revenge. I am not saying any of that is true, but people from different parts of Africa have different cultures and Black American culture probably inherited more from white southern culture than it did from their African homelands.0
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Africans are very diverse. Which is generally why I don't like to use the term "black people" because there's such a huge range of different skin tones, hair textures, body shapes, noses, eyes, so and so.
I know a few people from Eritrea and they do not look like your "typical" black person. And I've noticed that they are all SOO skinny, both guys and girls, never seen a curvy Eritrean girl or a muscly guy, they're so slender. And they do have much sharper features.
Eritreans do look distinct from other Africans for sure, and it may be possible you have a mix of Arab in you, white is possible too, due to Eritreas history with Italians and Brits. But you've also got to remember that Ethiopia have some of the oldest ethnic groups in the whole world too.
Just leave out the label black, and identify yourself as East African or Eritrean if you like, whatever makes you the most comfortable, and whatever feels the most like you. Don't let skin colour define who you are.0