Anonymous asked in Society & CultureOther - Society & Culture · 1 decade ago

Why do most people believe that all Africans look the same?

I am a first generation Nigerian-American and when I tell people that my family is originally from Africa that are shocked. Most of time African Americans don't want to believe it because as they say I'm not blue-black with a broad nose and very thick lips. A lot of White people say that I have European or Caucasian features and that I'm probably mixed. I don't understand why people think that Black people can only look one way and if they don't it must be because of White admixture, which isn't the case.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I am first generation Nigerian-American as well. This country is just filled with ignorant people. I am regarded as very beautiful and yet when I say I have the 100% original African blood, they need to believe that I'm part white or something. It's ridiculous and it's sad that the only way to be pretty is to be mixed with white blood. Don't worry, people like us know better. We're both beautiful Naijia women. We can show people the beauty that lies within Africa. God Bless!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Nigerians that I went to college with had those exact features. Broad noses, full lips, and I'll add, very dark skin with very short hair. Even the women. Don't let it bother you. If the perception is wrong, it's because that's all I met. I didn't meet any Nigerians with European features. Here's your chance to educate people.

    Take care.

  • sixgun
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Any question containing absolutes such as "most" or "all" can't be considered as real inquiries. They are rhetorical questions, and the speaker just wants to announce something, or start an argument.

    A real inquiry would be worded something like, "Some people, both black and white, are surprised when they learn that I am originally from Africa. I have these features..(etc). Why do you think they are surprised?

    Hmmm. It seems that if you were to word your question like an inquiry, it might be obvious what the answer really is.

  • 1 decade ago

    Not this white person The whites who msay that are disinterested in African Americans and don't take time to really notice the black people. As all ,whites do not look the same neither do African American or Asian/

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  • 1 decade ago

    What you describe is not a 'racial' issue, but an 'American' thing.

    My co-worker Barbara comes from Ghana, she has beautiful dark coffee coloured skin, speaks English eloquently and can work a computer better than I can -- and I'm a 'white' Australian.

    I don't expect Barbara to look, sound, or behave in a certain way.

    *I think it is interesting that your Yahoo! username features the word "Nigerian". Why is it so important that strangers know you are from Lagos? I am Australian but I do not put my nationality in my username.

  • Gnome
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I think the perceptions that Americans have of Africans is based on the information they have available to them. So far as what they know is pretty much whatever they see on television and in the movies. And unfortunately, that concept is that Africans are tribal and primitiive.

    Granted it is unfair to presume to judge with such limited information, but the second you mention Africans, it conjures up visions of tribes of backward people who all look the same.

    So, no wonder most people have a predetermined idea of how you should look.

  • 4 years ago

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  • Issym
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Personally I think its ignorance and you mainly hear caucasians say such a stupid thing. Or it could be that people do not actually take the time to look. Blacks look different as much as whites look different.. I think sometimes people cant see past the stereotype crap..

  • dlc
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    i dont think all africans look the same,i think theyre their own individual.

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