Thursday, May 24, 2012

Non-White People With Naturally Blond Hair & Blue Eyes

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post features a video and comments about non-White people with naturally blond hair & blue eyes. This post also includes a long excerpt from an article about this subject.

The content of this post is presented for educational and sociological purposes. My thanks to the photographer/s, videographer, as well as the commenters and the article's author who I quoted. All copyrights remain with their owner.

As a university student advisor years ago, I remember talking with a young dark brown skinned African American woman who had [chemically or hot iron] straightened black hair and naturally blue eyes. The woman shared with me that she was very tired of people constantly staring at her, and taunting her because of the color of her eyes. I remember that woman saying that she was saving up money to buy brown contact lenses. I was both angry & sad about that woman's experience, and I am still sad & angry that that experience is probably still happening today to people who have a different physical appearance than others around them. We need to love our neighbor as ourselves.

FEATURE VIDEO: other ethnicities with blue eyes 2/3

uploaded by Vision2300 on Aug 20, 2011

Selected comments from that video's viewer comment thread
WARNING! This comment thread contains profanity, racist exchanges, and other argumentative comments.

"blue,green,grey...its all a mutation. before that everybody had brown eyes. somewhere along history there was a mutation causing people to have different color eyes. its a beautiful mutation though...its basic genetics."
-adayinothersshoes, May 2012

"Blue and green eyes are not unique to light skinned people, it's just most common in Europe due to adaptation to less direct sunlight. (Blue and green eyes are the most receptive to light.) Lighter Eye Pigmentation is recessive while Dark is dominant, but it can still happen to other races, and it can also happen due to a natural mutation."
-indigothecat, May 2012

"my wish is that all human beings will love each other regardless of ''stuff'' that we can all just see past ''stuff'',that we are all just living,breathing beings with the same feelings.That is my prayer."
-hyper10shun; May 2012

Regarding the music:

"What's the song title/artist please? Luv it."
-MrPouponneau, April 2012
"1)John Williams - Remembering Munich

2)the music theme of the movie "Exodus" 1960"
-magdageor in reply to MrPouponneau; April 2012

(Hat tip to niguaeli who posted the title of this article on that above video comment thread)

The Origin of Mysterious, Dark-Skinned Blonds Discovered

"Residents of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific have some of the darkest skin seen outside of Africa. They also have the highest occurrence of blond hair seen in any population outside of Europe. Now, researchers have found the single gene that explains these fair tresses.

A single mutation is responsible for almost half of the variation in Solomon Islanders' hair color, the scientists reported Thursday (May 3) in the journal Science.

Most strikingly, this gene mutation seems to have arisen in the Pacific, not been brought in by fair-haired Europeans intermarrying with islanders.

"[T]he human characteristic of blond hair arose independently in equatorial Oceania," study researcher Eimear Kenny, a postodoctoral scholar at the Stanford University School of Medicine, said in a statement. "That's quite unexpected and fascinating…

"As a geneticist on the beach watching the kids playing, you count up the frequency of kids with blond hair, and say, 'Wow, it's 5 to 10 percent.'" [Photos of Beautiful Beaches]

That's not very far off from the proportion of blond-haired people in Europe, Kenny said. The researchers gathered saliva from 43 blond and 42 dark-haired Solomon Islanders to analyze for clues to the genes behind their hair color.

A genome-wide analysis turned up a shockingly clear result, rare in the world of genetics where a single trait can be influenced by dozens or more genes. A gene called TYRP1, which resides on the ninth chromosome of human's 23 pairs of chromosomes, explained 46.4 percent of the variation in the islanders' hair color. (Chromosomes are coiled packets of DNA.) A mutation in this gene affects an enzyme known to be involved in human pigmentation, the researchers found.

This mutation doesn't appear in European genomes, an analysis of genomes from 52 human populations around the world revealed. Rather, it seems to have arisen independently and persisted in the Melanesian population.

That makes the gene different from the one responsible for blue eyes, which arose from a single common ancestor between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Before then, there were no blue eyes, they said…

The find solves a nifty genetic mystery, but it also highlights the dangers of assuming that genome findings from one population will translate to another, said study author Carlos Bustamante, a professor of genetics at Stanford…."

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