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when African people originally came over here it was before there was much race blending and skin tones were very dark. however, still not black very rich,dark and beautiful mahogany brown skin tones. as peoples chose mates from other races skin tones varied. brown did not fit as a descriptive because Hispanic and Latin American peoples were brown skinned as were Indians in the planes. but we still don't know who coined the word. (They say since some peoples came from the Niger River area they were called Negro since that sounded the most similar)
For that matter why are light-skinned people called white? We're actually kind of beige. I think a lot of tension would be eased if we stopped thinking of ourselves as different colors and begin thinking of ourselves as different shades of the same color. All skin tones are produced by two pigments - melanin which produces brown and serotonin which produces yellow. Everyone has these two elements, only the proportions vary from one individual to another. All in all it's a pretty stupid basis for judging people.
Because the Majority ruled and that is what they chose and that is what is politically correct and anything else for the majority would be derogatory and racist -- this issue has been changed and debated on for years and settled to be the way it is and the way it will be to not be offensive and to not offend .
The Africans in Africa call American blacks "American Tan" because many of them have white blood in their ancestry. White people are not actually white, red people are not red, and yellow people are not yellow. It's just a historical description of racial groupings that has been around for thousands of years.
I believe the original africans, people brought from Africa where few had ever even seen white people let alone 'mixed' with them, had VERY dark skin so as to look almost black. Every once in awhile you still see someone with skin that dark. Most African Americans and, indeed, people of African descent who have lived outside of Africa for any length of time are as racially diverse as most non-Africans. They are as mixed with white, hispanic , native american and asian genetics as whites are and so their skin tones have grown lighter as lighter skin tones are bred into their genetic mix.
Short answer: When I was growing up black people were called negroes, then coloreds, then blacks. Today, brown usually refers to someone of latin descent. If I remember correctly, this started when our government started the US Census Bureau to get an idea of how many people were here & from which countries. Our country being a "melting pot" society, a lot of dissention & discrimination arose out of this in government itself & spilled out into society. Also, in the early days of our Country there were many immigrant groups that disliked each other.