Okay, before y’all come for me in the comments, let me say it now: I’m just reporting the news. I saw this article first on the Daily Maill, and decided to share it here.
Here’s the Scoop:
Catherine Howarth, who is of Nigerian heritage and her white husband welcomed their son, Noah, into the world 3 years ago.
According to the article, Catherine stated:
‘My parents were from Nigeria and as far back as anyone can recall my family have all been black.
‘The only explanation seems to be there must have been a white gene in my family that has remained dormant for years until now. And now it seems to be very dominant.’
‘When Jonah was born, a genetic specialist said he was a one-in-a-million baby. He said it was extraordinary with my African background that I’d had a child with blue eyes and pale skin.
‘He calculated the possibility of it happening again was less than one in a million.
Then she had her daughter, Sophia:
When I had Jonah he was so white both Richard and I thought the midwife had given us the wrong child. But if anything, having Sophia has been even more of a shock because we were sure it couldn’t happen twice.
‘I was stunned when I saw her blue eyes and light skin.’
According to Colleen Lynch, a Molecular Geneticist:
‘It is likely there is a a white gene somewhere in the woman’s remote ancestry and due to an evolutionary throwback – known as atavism – this trait has suddenly reappeared.’
This family is from the UK and I have one question: Do you all not have biracial people across the pond? These children look unequivocally biracial, and I have seen plenty of families that look just like this. I’m perplexed as to why she think she’s the only woman in the world with children who look more white than black?
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