I'm talking about the black girls who don't have one white or other race parent, grandparent, or even great grandparent. Why do they look like a lot of mixed girls (girls with a white/other parent or grandparent) look? No offense to anyone I'm just interested. I think some black girls are mixed and it turns out they aren't, all their family is black.
I guess its vice versa too - a lot of mixed girls look like a lot of black girls who don't have non-black parents or family in general. Some mixed girls look more white or exactly in the middle though.
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It goes one further - some women (and men) who are directly "mixed", with one Other parent or a biracial parent, have a look that seems "more black" to our society than some "pure black" people do. And it works the other way around. One of my best friends is always annoyed because she looks more white/mediterranean but she is half black and identifies strongly with her father and as a black woman. No one guesses that and when she says it, people downplay her identity or dismiss it. If I'm there, they will just say, well I thought you were the mixed one and she was white. She doesn't like that. lol And its sometimes a bit awkward when you're around "mixed people" who don't want to be considered black but look similar to you or "more black." Race is such a sh*t storm, seriously.
I am not mixed or biracial in the conventional sense, but like most other African American descendants of slavery, my background is mixed up hundreds of years back. everyones is at one point or another. However, that's nothing to mark because that's not an abnormal reality in the backgrounds of most black descendants of slavery in the west. My mom looks "even more mixed" than I do and she has brothers and sisters from dark chocolate everything, to light beige skin like hers, green eyes, light hair, etc. My dads family is less varied in that sense, but still has different features. My dad is in the light skin (tan) group, like my mom and I. His grand father was black but he had blue eyes and light skin. Things like this happen in a lot of black families.
Basically, the problem is that race is a social construct and genetics are a biological reality. you don't have to be mixed according to social definitions to have genetic mutations from the norm or have genetic patterns or recessive genes that aren't understood to be the norm in any specific group. Just because you label a group of people as black or African American, doesn't mean their genes are not going to do whatever the f*** theyre going to do. But concerning race in this group specifically, there was a lot of "race mixing" in early American history. not just the British American slavery, but also with the French and Spanish before the British take over. So, just like the next dark skinned person with "blacker features" often has a mixed background due to slavery and things centuries ago, I have a mixed background as well. I am not mixed or biracial in terms of recent lineage, which is what people mean when they ask "are you mixed?" they aren't asking me what my ancestors were doing on a Friday night 400 years ago. They know, or should know, that I have no f***ing clue. So my answer is always, no, I am just black. Its dishonest to claim to be mixed, when I know the asker doesn't have the "we are all mixed, lets hold hands" context in mind. They mean to differentiate between me and the next black person based on features they deem as "more/less black," which is somewhat ignorant.1