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Old 11-01-2014, 09:24 PM
 
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I'm curious as to what "race" does everyone consider indians?

and why they never got the classification as "black" when they too come in the same shades as the people do in Africa
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:20 PM
 
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They are South Asians.

India has variety of skin colours. People in North India tend to have very light skin. People in South are more brownish.
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:29 PM
 
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You are mixing political terminology and adjectives; "black" as used in the US is a political term, sure, in grew out of an adjective for the color of skin, but modern day reality is there are numerous "black" people who actually have a lighter skin tone than many whites and Asians.

So basically, please do not confuse black as an adjective, and black as a political term.
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:01 AM
 
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I'm curious as to what "race" does everyone consider indians?

and why they never got the classification as "black" when they too come in the same shades as the people do in Africa
Because "black" is used to describe people of African heritage. Indians are not close genetic relatives of those people, the skin tone has to do with being from a similarly tropical climate but they're not related ethnic groups. In fact, they're classified as "caucasoid" and are generally more closely related to central asians, middle easterners, and Europeans. These groups are even all dominated by languages in the same language family, Indo-European languages (with the notable exceptions of the Semitic, Dravidian, Turkic and Finno-Ugric speaking areas).
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Sub-Saharan Africans = Black
South Asians = Dark Brown
Latinos, Arabs and Southeast Asians = Light Brown
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:46 AM
 
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Well they aren't black or white.
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:53 AM
 
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Black historically meant very negative connotations...
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:06 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I'm curious as to what "race" does everyone consider indians?

and why they never got the classification as "black" when they too come in the same shades as the people do in Africa
Well, I am Indian American. I'd say that the cultural differences between Indians and most African Americans are pretty significant. Most Indian Americans are highly educated and affluent for one thing.

However, there are more similarities between Indians and black people from Africa. Some of the foods are similar and I know many Africans who watch Bollywood movies and stuff like that. Ethiopians especially seem to have a considerable Indian influence, but I guess that goes for a lot of other Africans as well. Indians and Africans who immigrate to America place a high value on education, etc.
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Old 11-02-2014, 07:12 PM
 
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I am Ghanaian and can't tell the difference between some Eritreans, Ethiopians, Somalis, and south Indians physically. However Africans are far more diverse than Indians, both genetically and physically. There are real black people who live in what is now known as India. They are the inhabitants of the Andaman islands.


http://indymedia.org.au/files/Jarawa%202.jpg

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Old 11-02-2014, 07:19 PM
 
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Ethiopians especially seem to have a considerable Indian influence, but I guess that goes for a lot of other Africans as well.
No, it's the other way around. After all Africans have been on this planet far longer than Indians. We are your ancestors. You are not ours.
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