Bicultural Mama: The Oddity of Skin Color Labels to Identify Race


Society gives skin color labels to people to identify race. When I was a child, I learned that Asians like me were “yellow.” I recall looking at my skin and thinking, “It’s not yellow. Looks kind of tan to me.”

Community Village‘s insight:

I was just thinking the other day that I need to write another post about how ridiculous these skin color labels are.

Here’s the new over simplification:
Africans are Ebony
Asians and Native Americans are Golden
Europeans are Pink

Three things combine to create our color:
Hemoglobin, which can only be seen through thin skin
Carotene, which can only be seen if there is not a lot of melanin
Melanin, which blocks the other two colors when there is enough of it

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Hispanic, Latino, Chicano, Mexica – The Origins of Race Labels

Via Scoop.itMixed American Life

“If you’re familiar with my writing, you’ve seen that I use the term ‘Hispanic Latino Mexica’ all together. You may have wondered why I use so many terms, what Mexica means and how to pronounce it.


I prefer including more descriptions to avoid offending anyone. Here’s a breakdown organized from general to specific.”