Like, are they just light or is their family mixed?
Most Helpful Guy
It's a fact that they are more mixed. Go find a light skin black person in Africa that you'd find in the US, it's not going to happen precisely because it requires someone to mix to be that much lighter. Which isn't a bad thing.
People claim they're fully black because we culturally still presume the racist "one drop rule" when we speak about people who are black.0
Most Helpful Girl
It depends. It doesn't always mean mixed. There are light skinned black people in Africa who have no genetic contributions from other races.
If you're talking about the descendants of slaves in America, Caribbean, etc then yes usually they are mixed both light skinned and dark skinned. Now that doesn't mean its immediate, as in one of their parents or grandparents being a different race. Their light skin can come from an ancestor generations ago.
So the short answer
Light skinned black person ≠ mixed
Dark skinned black person ≠ not mixed
Mixed ≠ black0