“Which person in this picture is a black person?

I submit to you, none of them are. They are all brown, various shades of brown. And how do we define what a black person is? Is it how dark their skin is? Or is it that they have wide nostrils? Well, if you looked at all those pictures very carefully you’d see that some of those black people, don’t have wide nostrils. Is it thick lips? Well no some of them don’t have thick lips. What is it? I submit to you we’re just stuck, we’re trapped in this language that is leading to all kinds of wrong thinking and behaviour.

Researchers have found at least 15 different genes that make a major contribution to skin colour. So, it’s a complex thing.

We’re going to just illustrate what’s going on here with saying that there’s just four or really two genes with different versions. But let’s say, Big A and Big B represent making lots of melanin and Little A and Little B make information of just make a little amount of melanin. So, if you combine those together in different combinations you can have very dark skin, medium brown skin, and light brown skin.

Well, what colour were Adam and Eve? Well, if they just had Little A and Little B, they’d be very light-skinned and all they would produce would be light-skinned children. If they just had Big A, Big B, they would only produce very dark-skinned children. So they lack genetic variation. So we think from what we understand of genetics today that Adam and Eve were middle brown, like middle Easterners, because that would have given them genetic information for producing a whole kaleidoscope of colour of brown that we see in the human family.

And they could have that variation right in the first generation because Hebrew tradition says they had 53 children. And you say, ok now wait a minute, that’s impossible. Well, no, look at this family:

The father is German and the mother is from Ghana. They had twins and one of the babies is darker than the other.

Well, look at this couple, where one of the babies is darker than mum and dad. Twins? How in the world did that happen? Well, both mum and dad have a ‘black’ father and a ‘white’ mother.

There’s nothing mysterious here when we understand genetics. It’s just a shuffling of the genetic information. We all have the same colour.”

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