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Do black girls blush?

Asked by julia999 (338 points ) January 23rd, 2010

I was writing a short story and one of my characters, a black girl, blushed.

My grandmother said to me quite resolutely that ‘black girls don’t blush’.

My guess is that they do blush, due to capillaries etc. Is it simply less noticeable when black girls blush?

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syz's avatar

Yes, everyone is capable of blushing (barring any medical conditions that would prevent it). Depending on the complexion, it may be more difficult to see.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I’m pretty sure they do, but the darker pigment of their skin makes it less noticeable.

shego's avatar

Yes my friend and her sister both blush. But they look purple to me when they do.

TLRobinson's avatar

I’m black and I blush. As stated, the ability to
blush is not dependant upon pigmentation. The ability to notice
the blushing becomes more of a challenge when the skin is very dark. It is obvious when I’m blushing but not when my brother is.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

Everyone blushes, it’s just that the color of one’s skin hides or reveals the rush of blood in your cheeks. My little daughter has a very fair, pale complexion, and when she blushes you can see her cheeks turn pink almost immediately. In contrast, I have an olive complexion, a permanent “tan” that covers up my blush, but I can still feel the blood pool in my cheeks when I’m embarrassed. I know I am blushing, it’s just that people can’t “see” it.

ubersiren's avatar

Definitely! I went to school with a kid who got super pink when he was embarrassed or over heated. His skin wasn’t super dark, though.

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MissAnthrope's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish – Yeah, cause there are no white single mothers on welfare.~ (rebutted, see ‘Myth #1’)

Please keep your racism, bigotry, and ignorance to yourself. They are not welcome here.

malevolentbutticklish's avatar

@MissAnthrope: I am sorry to hear that fact-suppression is welcome here. Blacks receive a disproportionate number of welfare dollars compared to tax dollars paid in. Your myth #1 is a joke. It doesn’t even talk about welfare! It talks about poverty. It also doesn’t adjust for there being more whites than blacks in America. Talk about ignorance and racism – wouldn’t that be you for trying to suppress the facts to obscure truth and make whites look bad?

MissAnthrope's avatar

@malevolentbutticklish – Are you freaking kidding me? That’s the leg you’re going to stand on, that I am racist and suppressing the facts? What a fallacy your response to my rebuttal is. I think you would benefit from looking at the larger picture (the “why” rather than the “now”). If I felt I could have a reasonable debate with you, I would get more into this, but frankly, you are hurting my brain and I don’t feel like it.

MISTERS6's avatar

BLACK FOLKS BLUSH U HAVE TO BE OBSERVANT. SOME BLUSH PINK AND SOME BLUSH PURPLE.I AM A BLACK MAN AND I TURN RED IHAVE SEEN IT ON MY FACE.I WAS TOLD FOR YEARS BY MY WHITE CO WORKERS THAT I BLUSHED. IDIDNT BELIEVE THEM AT FIRST UNTIL I SAW A BLACK WOMEN FACE TURN A GLOWING HOT PINK, I WOULD NOT HAVE BELIEVE IT IF I HAD NOT SEEN IT. SINCE THEN I AVE SEEN OTHERS BLUSH BECAUSE I AM MORE OBSERVANT.

Christanie's avatar

I am a black girl and iturn pink when i blush then again my skin tone is like a latina’s so.

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