Twins with different skin tones

Posted by James, 21 Jul 08

A Berlin interracial couple got their interracial twins with different shades of skin color. One of the boys born on July 11 has dark skin and the other has light skin. Coming from two mono-racial parents, German father, Stephan Gerth and Ghanaian mother, Florence Addo-Gerth, this was quite a surprise for everyone even the ward's head doctor, Birgit Weber. "It is very unusual for twins to be born with different skin color," Weber said. "It's the first time for our clinic."

Welcoming twins into this world is always a momentous event. But this set of black and white twins really caused a sensation last week at the Sana Hospital in Lichtenberg, Germany, with guests trickling to meet the pair. And much as the couple was surprised by the black and white set of twins, Stephan was happy that they were both healthy.

Much as the odds of this happening are one in a million, it has happened before and genetic experts attribute this to the roll of the DNA die which may cause the baby of biracial parents to inherit only the genetic coding for one color. In 2005, British couple both born to mixed-race parents, had twin girls – one is blond and fair-skinned and the other one is dark skinned. And stranger things have happened. In 2006, Kerry Richardson, who is of Nigerian and English descent, and her partner, who is white, gave birth to twins who were both light-skinned at birth. But as they got older, one got darker while the other got lighter.

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Florence, the mother said it took a while to process the event. "I imagine sitting at a playground where the other mothers will call me crazy when I tell them the boys are twins," she said. What mother wouldn't worry about that? Well, good thing is she has accepted her twins saying, "God has decided that my children should have different skin colors."

Well, there seems to be a greater force speaking out against racism. And its good that the couple have kids who represent the different races and colors. And to be real brothers, color shouldn't matter.

Well hopefully, society will accept both children as equals and not subject them to hate as it has happened in some cases. Hope they won't have to endure what Halle Berry did ("I was black growing up in an all-white neighborhood, so I felt like I just didn't fit in. Like I wasn't as good as everybody else, or as smart, or whatever." - Halle).

But just for the sake of discussion, how will the couple cope with having to explain to one of the twins why he wasn't invited for certain parties based on skin color or why they have to go to different schools?

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  1. Posted: 20 Jul 10

    to kill you.

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  2. Posted: 20 Jul 10

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  3.   jadaa says:
    Posted: 18 Jul 10

    awww..nice

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  4.   Member says:
    Posted: 25 Apr 10

    Does some black woman in here want to make love to me?

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  5.   A.G. says:
    Posted: 24 Feb 10

    I think more people should adopt. Overpopulation=Global Warming

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  6.   fkoi says:
    Posted: 24 Feb 10

    Ms. Chocodlyte, you make a very good point. Obviously humans are the ones who put up the boundaries and make distinctions and judgments rather than simple observations. That said, it seems a little unlikely that one of the children would not be invited to a party or have to go to a different school. Exclusion based on color would likely bleed over to the whole family.

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  7.   mecca77 says:
    Posted: 24 Feb 10

    Isn't beautiful. how we women can produce . the beauty of our babies. okay ,no i do not smoke dope. okay!!!... but what i am getting at is . my cousin have faternal twins i have four sets in my family. starting with my grandmother. my cousin one is light and the other is dark. and people look at them and say no way. but... way and both parents are black.

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  8.   wonka says:
    Posted: 19 Feb 10

    A...yeah one's Mixed(still black)the other is BLACK!! WOW!!!.

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  9.   MJD2 says:
    Posted: 02 Aug 09

    I have twins and when they were born they came out looking like all the other white babies in the nursery...this woman has twins that are two different colors...but not black and white twins...they are both obviously black...my babies are almost a year now and people still ask me am I babysitting...it happens...and its really not uncommon...I just don't like that they call the lighter twin...white...cause my kids may look white...but they are only half white.

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  10.   Member says:
    Posted: 29 Apr 09

    Different schools?...wonder what they meant by that?...lol!

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  11.   ShellyPoo says:
    Posted: 06 Jan 09

    This is not what I would call a miracle. As more and more interracial couples have children, we are going to see more black & white twins. This is no different from having fraternal twins.

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  12.   johneb30 says:
    Posted: 04 Nov 08

    I love how the sentence at the end ASSUMES that one child or the other wouldn't be invited to certain parties, etc. It's just assumed that this will happen, even to the point that the article assumes they will have to attend different SCHOOLS?! Why would they ever have to do that? And do you think the parents will actually TELL their child that 'hey u weren't invited but your brother was'? What parents in this situation would in their right mind tell the slighted child about it? I imagine they wouldn't care anything about associating with other parents who would only invite one of their children anyway. The even the article covers is very interesting. The article itself is very poorly done and full of preconceptions, misconceptions, asuumptions, suppositions and innuendo.

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  13. Posted: 30 Oct 08

    I suppose I never gave it much thought until now but would have to agree with the below writer who points out you can have twins that are boy/boy, boy/girl, girl/girl and other variations so why not light/dark skin tones? And yes, congrats to the happy couple!

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    Posted: 23 Oct 08

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  15.   1rockgodess says:
    Posted: 01 Oct 08

    Blood group AA from a white man cud b transmitted to a black man with the same blood group. rehsus - or + in humans could match irrespective of the race. The point is we all belong to the human race and the only different thing certainly isn't colour cause we all have skin colours thats prove we all have thrombocytes and leucocytes that prove we all have blood and veins...IF TOU EVER FIND A GREEN OR A BLUE MAN! they dont belong to our race..."HUMAN RACE!" beautiful kids like that should never be introduced to the rubbish of this terrible world..Pshaw!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16.   Chocodlyte says:
    Posted: 25 Aug 08

    Just goes to show ....man is not in control..God is!!

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  17.   CLASSYBBW7 says:
    Posted: 14 Aug 08

    THOSE BABIES ARE BEAUTIFUL

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  18.   sak1226 says:
    Posted: 05 Aug 08

    Isn't mother nature wonderful? It just shows that we're all uniquely different yet all the same.

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  19. Posted: 05 Aug 08

    Interesting story. Just more evidence that despite the odds, miracles DO happen - not just in sets of twins, but also in our everyday lives. Who would have thought that we could meet so many open-minded and interesting people online.

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  20. Posted: 05 Aug 08

    Interesting story. Just more evidence that despite the odds, miracles DO happen - not just in sets of twins, but also in our everyday lives. Who would have thought that we could meet so many open-minded and interesting people online

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  21. Posted: 05 Aug 08

    Interesting story. Just more evidence that despite the odds, miracles DO happen - not just in sets of twins, but also in our everyday lives. Who would have thought that we could meet so many open-minded and interesting people online?

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  22.   cajuncreole says:
    Posted: 03 Aug 08

    When I was a teenage I used to babysit for a couple in NY who had twins; one was totally white with blond hair and the other was moca colored with African hair. My parents didn't believe me when I told them this till they met the twins. They were also posterboards for good looking children even though they were hellions. The other strange thing was that the moca twin looked just like his step dad in skin tone and many other traits but that wasn't his dad! These boys were so good looking they drew attention everywhere at only four years old; I'd love to see them now as adults!

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  23.   NiceDave says:
    Posted: 31 Jul 08

    This has happened in Germany. Guess what... ...Germany doesn't have racially devided schools. or for the sake of it racially devided anything. they've moved on a bit since 1945. pity other Countrys haven't... !

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  24.   healthymind says:
    Posted: 28 Jul 08

    I think this is a wonderful story of love.

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  25.   Member says:
    Posted: 25 Jul 08

    This is truely a blessing. Why would any one take something so wonderful. Dip it in sh*t, just to make innocent lives miserable.....Go Figure!!

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  26. Posted: 25 Jul 08

    Why would they have to go to separate schools? Any mother who would make that choice is missing the point. Our society has changed and I cannot imagine a black only or white only school...at least in a civilized country! I am sure the children will be beautiful and will be loved in a nurturing home that will prepare them for any ugliness they may encounter. Most of us are born with some form of handicap...there's, in society's eyes, will be their skin color. But something tells me they will emerge with fantastic personalities that will influence those they meet and affect change for the better. And if they were my children, and I received only one invitation to a party, I'd have more than a few words for that event planner.

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  27.   Mo says:
    Posted: 24 Jul 08

    Wow...

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    Posted: 22 Jul 08

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  29.   babyblues4u says:
    Posted: 22 Jul 08

    Well, first of all, congratulations to the new parents! I can understand an initial shock to this blessed and unique event, but when you think about it, what is so different from parents having twins that are a boy and a girl? Or 2 boys or 2 girls that are fraternal twins? Nothing different, they are from 2 different eggs! So again, congratulations to the new parents on this blessed event!

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