Thursday, January 18, 2007

Kian and Remee Hodgson

Biraicial parents Remi Horder (far left) and Kylie
Hodgson (far right) with their daughters Kian
(middle left) and Remee (middle right).

People continue to believe that "black" women cannot give birth to white children. Is Remee really black? If her parents and sister weren't in the picture, would anyone think she had African ancestry? When Remee grows up will she be "passing" if she calls herself white?

Their Wikipedia entry points to 6 other examples of "black" and "white" fraternal twins (how black is Kian - isn't she just a black/white mix like each of her parents?) where scientists erroneously describe the one in a million chance of its occurrence. (Creoles, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans know better I'm sure.) Of course, anyone with some knowledge of Mendelian genetics knows that it's really more like a one in sixteen chance to produce a purely white child from a biracial couple's mix. Since our culture has a habit of one dropping people with African ancestry, the fact that there is equally a one in sixteen chance of producing a purely black child from a biracial couple's mix is unknown to most.

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