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Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by MrTour: 9:55pm On Aug 05, 2017
I have been wondering why is it that Nigerians, Ghanaians, Cameroonians and people from other West African countries are referred to as "Black People" meanwhile an Indian is called "Indian".

Even Indians will dissociate themselves when you try to tell them that they are actually as black as you and should be referred to as black. Why can't Nigerians be called "Nigerians" or worst case "African", why must we be called "Black"?

Are we really black? The last time i looked at the color black and i compared it with my skin color, its nowhere near the color black.

Why refer to us as Black people?

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Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by MrTour: 9:56pm On Aug 05, 2017
Why?
Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by Phi001(m): 10:27pm On Aug 05, 2017
Aren't Indians more populous than Africa as a whole?
Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by Probz(m): 11:28pm On Aug 05, 2017
Yellow people.
Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by Nobody: 3:13am On Aug 06, 2017
Indians are not black. Just the Gujarati. The rest share colour shade with Chinese, Arabs etc.

Have you met the Nilotes of Sudan? Most Africans have a bit of Nilotic blood. So there is some pitch black genes in us. We call pink people white too grin

What's bad about being called African? undecided
Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by makahlj2: 1:19pm On Aug 06, 2017
Muafrika2:
Indians are not black. Just the Gujarati. The rest share colour shade with Chinese, Arabs etc.

Have you met the Nilotes of Sudan? Most Africans have a bit of Nilotic blood. So there is some pitch black genes in us. We call pink people white too grin

What's bad about being called African? undecided
Just the Gujarati? IMHO, these Tamils could give most black Africans a run for their melanin...

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Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by Fulaman198(m): 7:44pm On Aug 10, 2017
Not sure why we are called black in the Western world, but there are some African ethnicities that do not want to identify as black.

It really depends on how you want to define yourself. You do not have to go by the Western definition of "black" it is up to you if you want to go by how Westerners call you.

I think it's odd that an Asian is referred to as Asian and an African is referred to as black. But it is whatever.

I am African, Fulani, and I might label myself as black but in reality, the whole black thing is Western made. Some Fulani do not see themselves as black.

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Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by Nobody: 9:10pm On Aug 10, 2017
Fulaman198:
Not sure why we are called black in the Western world, but there are some African ethnicities that do not want to identify as black.

It really depends on how you want to define yourself. You do not have to go by the Western definition of "black" it is up to you if you want to go by how Westerners call you.

I think it's odd that an Asian is referred to as Asian and an African is referred to as black. But it is whatever.

I am African, Fulani, and I might label myself as black but in reality, the whole black thing is Western made. Some Fulani do not see themselves as black.

Funny thing is as Africans we don't get to decide what we are. I was watching this show and this is how a conversation between slaves and a "god" went


Sh.it!” he says. “You all don’t know you black yet. You think you just people. Let me be the first to tell you that you are all black. The moment these Dutch motherfuckers set foot here and decided that they white and you all get to be black—and that’s the nice name they call you? Let me paint a picture of what’s waiting for you on the shore…”


Anyways, the whole thing really got me thinking, last time I checked my complexion is far from black so why should I conform to that name just because of these gringos. I was contemplating but that's when I made the decision never to refer to myself as black ever again. We should only accept labels we give ourselves, if you're Fulani that's what you are period, if you're igbo or anything else that's what you are. Every other label is just poppycock.

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Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by Fulaman198(m): 1:43am On Aug 11, 2017
Ersan:


Funny thing is as Africans we don't get to decide what we are. I was watching this show and this is how a conversation between slaves and a "god" went


Sh.it!” he says. “You all don’t know you black yet. You think you just people. Let me be the first to tell you that you are all black. The moment these Dutch motherfuckers set foot here and decided that they white and you all get to be black—and that’s the nice name they call you? Let me paint a picture of what’s waiting for you on the shore…”


Anyways, the whole thing really got me thinking, last time I checked my complexion is far from black so why should I conform to that name just because of these gringos. I was contemplating but that's when I made the decision never to refer to myself as black ever again. We should only accept labels we give ourselves, if you're Fulani that's what you are period, if you're igbo or anything else that's what you are. Every other label is just poppycock.

You do not have to go by what a white person calls you. A white person's opinion is no more valid than your own. You can call yourself whatever you want to call yourself. You don't have to be brainwashed like 99% of the world.
Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by 1Sharon(f): 2:33am On Aug 11, 2017
In the UK, we call them Asians
Re: Why Are Nigerians Called "Black People" While Indians Are Called "Indians"? by Nobody: 3:05am On Aug 11, 2017
Indians see and refer to themselves as "brown" (not black), "Asians" and of course "Indians". It doesn't make sense to call them black because they're not. Neither have they had nor do they have black experiences nor history.

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