When a man tells a Black woman that she looks mixed as a form of endearment, he is insinuating that her beauty comes from the (allegedly) non-Black part of her. All they’re effectively saying is: You’re too beautiful to just be Black.
Oh, but I am.
We aren’t beautiful in spite of our Blackness; we are beautiful because of it.
[photo ©Djo, Bibi Kassembe]