Now this here I can kinda agree with, as I know a lot of blacks have a habit of doing that, including all their heritage except African...when nobody really asked them, or brought up the topic. However this sister on the bus tried to size me up into that category of blacks, and she was wrong because she brought up the topic by asking me. As dark as she was, if I had asked her the same thing, and she knew she was mixed, like most dark-skinned African-Americans really are, than the last thing she would have said was African. I'll put money on that.
Another thing the sister on that bus said to me that was ridiculous came after she asked me what I was mixed with. After I named what I knew, she said "Don't forget African".
If she were anything like me, she would say: "I'm Black, proud of it, and all other drops of blood are irrelevant."Right. Like you she wouldn't have said Africa at all.
This is why we have to be very careful and not fall for the divisive techniques laid out when it comes to this light-skinned, dark-skinned thing. The divider will whisper in one mans ear that he is closer to light-skin, then whisper in the other mans ear that he is closer to dark-skin. Then he'll run some episode like Dark Girls, or Black in America, trying to install further divide. The next thing you know, we're fighting each other, even when we have the same skin complexion or skin-tone.I once said on another site that most African-Americans were dark-skinned, and I didn't get any disagreements. Later I began to hear a few members on that site in agreement, however along with the wrong intentions using that to support their argument that it was better than the other skin-tones. As you see, unfortunately some of us here have a similar mindset, however I'm not here to discuss that non-sense.
I just wanted to say that perhaps I made an overstatement on that other sight in saying that most of us were dark-skinned. It may have been more realistic to say most of us were non-light skinned. When you have some saying Gabreill Union is dark-skinned, and some saying she is light-brown skinned (whether she bleached or not), and you have some saying Will Smith is brown skinned, and some saying he is light-skinned, then what can you say? Myself for example, I'm consider light-skinned in the South, but back in the North, although I was called light-skinned in my youth, I think most of them would just say I was non-dark skinned. I guess nobody is going to agree on this 100%. It is what it is.
http://www.blackskinlightening.com/dangerous-skin-bleaching-vs-safe-skin-lightening/i agree with what Kadijah said on this - skins just skin - if i stand next to my dad people would say i was light skinned - if i stand next to my cousins people would say i was dark skinned - so like its all relative right and so in the mind of the person looking to - but i have to add just like an exclamation of like WTH! bleaching your skin??!! what on earth is that going to do to you lonterm - i mean what are you risking - premture aging maybe or skin cancer even or something - all to look a lil bit lighter - thats just plain cuckoo crazy if you ask me