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post #1 of 21
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Isn't this beautiful?

http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1813509

Such adorable little girls!

The twins' parents believe that their little girls are an example of how the color of your skin can mean very little about a person.

"It's like a poke in the eye to racism at the end of the day for me," Horder said. "That's what I think it is."


post #2 of 21
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I was going to put this in the Lounge, but decided on IMO just in case someone thinks it's controversial - if the mods think it's appropriate for the lounge, please move it. Thanks!
post #3 of 21
Hopefully nobody will find it controversial in this day and age! It is really interesting, especially since the girls were conceived at the same time. I have a "white" friend whose entire biological family is "black", so I know it's not unheard of.
The girls are really cute.
post #4 of 21
The girls are both adorable. Its just goes to show that skin color means nothing!!
post #5 of 21
It also goes to show that human genetics can be as complicated as cat genetics!
The odds of those two girls being born that way are amazing!
It reminds me of a story I read about a biracial woman who looked African American. She had a baby through artificial insemination and I believe the donor was white. Well her baby was born looking white as well (red hair, blue eyes, pale skin) and it talked about how people would percieve the two of them in public, mainly that most people thought she was his nanny!

~Julia
post #6 of 21
I've heard of the opposite too, where one has a black grandmother or something like that and the rest of the family is white. Then randomly a baby pops out that is black.

It all goes back to 9th grade Biology class!
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by jlutgendorf
It also goes to show that human genetics can be as complicated as cat genetics!
The odds of those two girls being born that way are amazing!
It reminds me of a story I read about a biracial woman who looked African American. She had a baby through artificial insemination and I believe the donor was white. Well her baby was born looking white as well (red hair, blue eyes, pale skin) and it talked about how people would perceive the two of them in public, mainly that most people thought she was his nanny!

~Julia
Hopefully that kind of response will become less and less frequent, as there are more and more multiracial relationships. My cousin (white), and his wife (black) have two adopted (Asian) daughters. They laugh when people do a double-take, but say it happens less frequently than they'd expected.
post #8 of 21
That's really awesome Jamie!

Lately I've been waking up early and on Discovery Health Channel they have a show called "Adoption Stories". This weekend they had a gay couple (male/male) adopt fraternal black twins. I thought it was neat as that would make it easier teaching acceptance.

(BTW the babes in the picture ARE adorable!)
post #9 of 21
As much as people complain about racism, which certainly does exist, I really think that a lot of progress has been made over the past two or three decades, at least in industrialized countries. I'm bi-racial (Caucasian/Asian, and my father was an "Anglo-Asian" Latino), so I really have hopes that some day skin color or facial features will no longer be used to put people into "categories". Nowadays the "culture" one grows up in seems more important than one's "race". Globalization isn't just economic, so maybe there is some hope for the human race.
post #10 of 21
Wow, the parents were young! 19 and 17! Can't imagine having a kid that young, let alone twins. But they are cute.
post #11 of 21
I hope & pray for the best for these 2 beautiful girls! And that they never experience the sad cruelty of racism.
I'm Hispanic, and have medium brown hair. About 10 years ago, my best friend persuaded me to bleach my hair blonde (she's also a brunette, "Black Irish", and lightens her hair), for, as she said, "Being blonde gets you noticed. Not that it's prettier; it's just that blondes get more initial attention". So, for marketing reasons (I was a dinnerhouse server, supporting a family that included cats, horses & dogs) I tried it and incredibly enough, my tips increased although the number of dating offers increased more. I lasted for 3 months, but I was so unhappy because I liked my dark hair & I LOVE my dark haired family and I really felt like I was "selling out". So I dyed my hair dark brown; inside I felt better, but the dating offers & the tips declined(mostly from the all male tables - I still kept up my average with the couples, families & truly decent guys). Anyway, it still hurts to know that my "monetary value" could be increased simply by lightening my hair color.
post #12 of 21
That's really interesting. Those are super remote chances. I have seen bi-racial families where some of the children take after one side more and the other children take after the other side, but not to the extreme seen here. I just hope they don't get treated badly because of it. They'll probably have to explain it a million times though, when people don't understand how they can be twins.
Another interesting twin fact, a woman I've known my whole life had a set of twins that were actually concieved 2 weeks apart. During the whole pregnancy, one baby was noticably bigger than the other. She carried them until around 8 months. The smaller baby had to be on a heart monitor, sleep apnea monitor, needed breathing treatments. All sorts of stuff. The bigger baby was pretty much fine. The doctor said that after the first baby was concieved, the mother released another egg for some reason a couple weeks later. That egg was fertilized as well, and both babies grew in the womb as twins. They are nearly 10 years old now and perfectly healthy.

Amber
post #13 of 21
A few years ago, I watched a really interesting British documentary about bi-racial twins. The great thing about this documentary was that they filmed it over several years, so they could show updates on the sets of twins they interviewed. It was fascinating how differently people responded, how the families felt about it, and of course the twins themselves.
What made me sad was that for the older sets of twins, they experienced a lot of racism which was devisive to their relationship. One girl once asked her mom "when will I turn white so I'll be invited to birthday parties too?" How's that for illustrating how completely pathetic being racist is?!
post #14 of 21
I think its so cool, and amazing! The human body still fascinates me. As others have said, I hope the girls experience nothing bad b/c of the situation. I think it will give them an opportunity to show people that skin color means nothing! And it'll be a great ice breaker when they get older!
post #15 of 21
I think its also very cool. I was just talking about family heritage and stuff with my coworker yesterday too. I was talking about how excited I was to know what my children will look like, being that my fiance is half philipino and his nephews are adorable! She was sharing how her family reunions are often surprising to people with siblings who look African American and another sibling has red hair. She had one cousin who looked African American but as he got older he grew in a red beard. Its fascinating what genetics does!

I'm expecting my children to have the dark thick oriental hair, where mine is blonde. I think the dark hair is dominant though. I'm also a medium-set, with a lot of heavy-set in teh family. He is fine-boned as is his family. So who knows with my children!
post #16 of 21
It does make life so much more interesting eh? I think it's great how many inter racial families you see these days. Just not a big deal anymore.
post #17 of 21
Awww! What beautiful little girls who IMO have been sent to spread a message... if ya'll know what I mean....
post #18 of 21
They look adorable!
but the parents are definetely young!
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
I think its also very cool. I was just talking about family heritage and stuff with my coworker yesterday too. I was talking about how excited I was to know what my children will look like, being that my fiance is half philipino and his nephews are adorable!
I am Arabic with brown hair and eyes and my fiance is English with Blond hair and blue eyes. Here is the interesting part: both his brothers have red hair and so did my great-grandmother (my mom has some red haired cousins) and I have some blonde cousins! So you never know...
post #20 of 21
That is so cool! Those babies are super cute!
post #21 of 21
Those girls are too cute!! And that is so awesome that they were born this way.
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