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Old 06-09-2017, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Just curious as to why people see me as black. My birth mother is full blood Irish and my birth father is full blood Lakota (Sioux) American Indian. I do not have any African features and there is no African blood anywhere in my family. Despite that people automatically assume I am african american and compare me to people like mariah carry, vanessa williams and halle berry. I was born with blond hair and blue eyes from my mother and now I have brown hair and blue green eyes. Once I tell people what I am they usually see it but most of the time they say I look black.
Sounds to me like they're telling you you're beautiful.
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:44 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Are you Wampanoag?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkJ6p8G0V2Q
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Unless you are a Lumbee, Seminole, Ramapo, Pequot, Melungeon, etc. or another Native nation that may have had connect with people of Black African descent over a period of time, I don't believe that is the general case.
You may be right.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzrh5_ou-7c
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Old 06-09-2017, 11:51 AM
 
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I've never once heard this from anyone, either in real life or on the internet.
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Old 06-09-2017, 03:16 PM
 
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Where my mother is from, the Lumbee are in the next county over in NC(Robeson County) and there are certain surnames that are common among the Lumbee(Sampson, Lowry, Revels, etc.), with one them being common within that side of the family. They even have a university(UNC-Pembroke) that is viewed as being a historically Native American institution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Univer...na_at_Pembroke


https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/co....asp?ID=199281
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:17 PM
 
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I do not see Native Americans as African Americans.
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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North Africans and Middle Easterners are classified as whites in the USA.
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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This is the first I've heard of a Native person being mistaken for Black. Is this a rare observation people have made, or has it happened enough times that it's a "thing"? Vanessa Williams and Halle Berry don't look typically Black; they seem to have somewhat European features, and Vanessa Williams has green eyes. So you apparently remind some people of those individuals, whose images have been in the media much, much more often than Native people are in the media, generally, so their first reaction is to think of a familiar image.

That's my best guess.
must be too self conscious. I also never heard that comparison. Blacks are blacks and Indians are Indians.
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Old 06-10-2017, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I have a close friend who is mostly Lakota but also a little bit black. She doesn't look black at all, more like a darker version of the other native people you see in Minneapolis but with curly hair. Sometimes people think she is Arab or Colombian.
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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These days, American Indians are often mistaken for Latino, especially in the Southwest.
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