The only color you should ever relate to is Melanin. I recently started checking other on anything I fill out, because I am not black....(PAUSE: My people before you start crying finish reading)...............Black is a color and not the color of my skin. I am Melanin Jamerican. Yes I am Dark Melanin Born in Brooklyn, New York and my heritage/roots is Jamaican. The only thing I relate colors too are personalities. We all have different personalities that can represent a specific color. So the black, white brown is all labels, but if we being honest we all come from one source. I mean unless some people are aliens I won't get specific. Heck if you read what Melanin is, it still do not say white!!!
Now What is Melanin?
Melanin is a natural skin pigment. Hair, skin, and eye color in people and animals mostly depends on the type and amount of melanin they have. Special skin cells called melanocytes make melanin. Everyone has the same number of melanocytes, but some people make more melanin than others. If those cells make just a little bit of melanin, your hair, skin and the iris of your eyes can be very light. If your cells make more, then your hair, skin, and eyes will be darker. The amount of melanin your body makes depends on your genes. (Your genes, not the color of your skin.) If your parents have a lot or a little skin pigment, you’ll probably look like them. You may even pop out looking like a blond or dark like berries, again it depends on your genetics.
Now there are 3 Types of Melanin
Eumelanin makes mostly dark colors in hair, eyes, and skin. There are two types of eumelanin: brown and black. Black and brown hair come from different mixes of black and brown eumelanin. Blonde hair happens when there’s a small amount of brown eumelanin and no black eumelanin.
Pheomelanin colors the pinkish parts of your body like the lips and nipples. You get red hair when you have the same amount of pheomelanin and eumelanin. Strawberry blonde hair happens when you have brown eumelanin and pheomelanin.
Neuromelanin Controls the colors of neurons. It isn't involved with the coloring of things you see.
Now I know I got a little technical, but to me this gets to the point. We are not a color. WE ARE MELANIN, which is combined with two tyoesbBlack and Brown....AGAIN two types BLACK AND BROWN.......So names so confused withall the racism and ignorance behind the color of someones skin, that ish is just annoying. It is hurtful when it comes from your own. Meaning my labeled (blacks) own. Embrace your Melanin. Yes we have a long way to go to conquer racism. To me this is a start.
So if some calls you Black, say nah sweetie I am MELANIN......
Black is a color and whomever started using it only means they saw power in us, which lead to fear, because our color was a mystery, which means they saw strength. Which is why they wanted authority over us. Thier was a certain elegance and formality with us. Which made them see death, evil, and aggression, authority over us. They knew we can be rebellions towards them. However with who we are we hold a certain sophistication. The color Black is required for all other colors to have depth and variation of hue. Let me say it again the color black is REQUIRED for all OTHER colors to have depth......a certain amount of Black creates the Melanin in your skin. So yes you may see me as black because you see power and strength, but HONEYYYYYY I am Melanin #period. I came from the Creator of allllllllll!!!!