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    Posted: Jun 11 2014 at 11:27am

Is There Anything Wrong With Passing for Black?

Dear Race Manners:

I have curly dark hair and am of Indian and Caucasian descent. I have a really diverse group of friends, and because of my hair and my skin tone (a deep tan/brown), I find that people often assume I’m black. I feel awkward correcting them, so I just go with it. Is that wrong? A black friend of mine gets irritated when I don’t correct people, but it’s not like I am telling anyone I’m black. They’re just making assumptions. Passing Problems

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I sense some lies.
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Yes. She needs to learn how to correct people who make ass-umptions about her ethnicity and KIM.LOL
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I think someone has lied to her because she really looks black.
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I wonder if Rachel Roy passed for Black
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Lol@ the generic pic used...

Why do ppl feel more concerned about another person's feelings when youre correcting them about their preconceptions about you. It makes no sense to care that much about protecting the feelings of the ignorant.
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I don't think the persons picture is in the article, one pic is the author, the other a stock image

Hmm I would clarify when important, random strangers don't need an explanation and might not care if they don't have to ask

But for people you deal with, disclose. But most don't care about the distinction. Black skin=AA

Ie. No matter how I explain that I don't know about soul food because I'm from the Caribbean and Canada, they think I ought to anyway and I'm trying to act special.

I tried to make grits once but I ended up with thick cornmeal porridge LOL

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Edited by rickysrose - Jun 11 2014 at 12:41pm
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Yes but sad people come up with things on their own.
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who cares about this?
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I encountered this with a associate of mine explains often that she is Panamanian but no one knows or cares when you are sitting amongst a group of black people many might assume it but why feel need to say something???
So know people ask her if she doesn't like people and she doesn't understand WHY.
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