Twins with different skin tones
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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