The new recruits stood out in RIC ranks anyway, but an initial shortage of complete bottle-green constabulary uniforms resulted in the temporary issue of military khaki and the name that stuck: the 'Black-and-Tans'. The Black-and-Tans were sworn as constables to reinforce county stations and their experience with weapons. 22 Jun This isn't the first instance of getting drink names horribly wrong. (If you're still ordering “Irish Car Bombs,” maybe read this.) But it turns out a drink with as innocuous-sounding a name as “Black and Tan” is historically offensive, and you should probably stop ordering it at Irish bars. The drink got its name. For an answer based on personal experience and not science - YES we do tan and some of us do it on purpose. I am a brown skinned black woman. I'm not exceptionally dark, nor am I considered light skinned, but my body has 3 different shades of brow.