This happens sometimes.
People with southern European heritage often tend to be pretty tan, but they're too ignorant and apparently think everyone has to look like they're pale and light to be so? Dumb.
Most Helpful Girl
A lot of people are ignorant and think only white people have to look similar to this to be white http://oi59.tinypic.com/soq2rp.jpg or this to to be white http://oi62.tinypic.com/veom8m.jpg
When in reality whites do have different skin tones just like other races do. For example Antonio banderas is white en.m.wikipedia.org/.../File:Antonio_Banderas.jpg
The reason I think is that in America the Spanish language which comes from Southern Europe is associated with Latinos when Latinos are not even European and are mixed with Asian/white, African/white, Arab/Asian, Native American/white or a combination
Also, the problem is in some Latino countries like Puerto Rico and DR the mulattos are calling themselves white for the race consensus when they are not4
Most Helpful Guy
Yes it's ignorance mostly. Caucasian is not synonymous with "white" skin. Just like Negro is not synonymous with "black" or really dark skin. Not Mongoloid with "yellow" skin and so on.
You are correct. Though long ago southern euros like Spaniards and Italians were not considered "Caucasian". But they are now as well as many mid easterners that are not pale white. Caucasoid is a physical distinction more than skin color as is Mongoloid and Negroid.
Some people need the skin color distinction desperately, like a drug addict needs dope. And some are not open minded enough to overcome the ignorance with knowledge.1