Obviously I know I am black and proud of my color but lately I have had people ask me on here " are one of your parents white", or even saying " she's not black or at least I didn't know she is" and I have to correct them. Do I look like something else? you can go on my profile picture.
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For one thing, a lot of people are stupid. So you'll get a lot of stupid thoughts coming your way no matter what the subject. With this subject in particular, there seems to be some kind of misconception that there is ONE shade of black coming from Africa, and that anyone lighter than the darkest shade is therefore some kind of mix. They don't seem to realize that there is a huge range of diversity in skin tone across Africa. People with ancestry from Namibia or Sudan could look way, way darker than someone with ancestry from Eritrea, which will look darker than someone with ancestry from Tunisia.
So, as you get lighter, the possibilities of mixed race start getting more prevalent. Namibian plus white could start getting shades more like an Eritrean. Eritrean plus white could start looking somewhat Tunisian. With the melting pot of the USA, you would also be getting 'light' skinned black people with 'dark' skinned black people, and you are going to complicate things even more. Namibian plus Tunisian could also look Eritrean, so you have African decent plus African decent looking like someone with some white ancestry...
People have no way of knowing how 'mixed' someone's ancestry is just by looking at their skin tone. Every combination just ends up looking like the 'normal' distribution of somewhere else, except for extreme cases.
So... all I can say with certainty is that you do not look like you are ethnically Scandinavian, or ethnically Germanic. If someone said "look for the black girl in the room with all the girls from Sweden" I would look in your direction. I wouldn't know if you were 'mixed' or not, I wouldn't know what kind of ancestry you had, but you 'read' as black, compared to Northern Europeans.1