And in some African households, people are conditioned to believe n***er isn't a bad word. As for discrimination, I have friends who definitely suffer discrimination due to their Italian backgrounds. And it's a shame that so many negative stereotypes of Italians are depicted in the movies and in print, even to this day.
That's not really "passing" in my mind LOL. Italians, like so many ethnic groups I get "confused" for, often have at least
1/4 African ancestry. You and your Italian kinfolk have strong Moorish ancestry (North African)
Maybe the Moors have something to do w/those healthy curls you have?