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Our physical attributes were solely designed for the purpose of identification and at best to underline our uniqueness in a world of many beings. However, out of egocentrism, we have decided to utilize them in order to outline our differences with the intent to disparage others qualities thinking that would in turn enhance ours. The notion of races illustrates such an assertion as categorizing human beings into groups based on skin colors and physical attributes establishes such distinctions which later evolve into prejudices. Our competitive nature takes over to pit one group against another contending that one is superior to the other.
The longer we persist in acknowledging and creating disparities that set us apart instead of finding and enjoying similarities that bind us, the schism of racism will survive and continue to make our lives intolerable. Relying on the next person to initiate the process will definitely not solve the problem. It is really up to each one of us to either continue to entertain the disgusting conundrum of racism or put the matter to rest once and for all. The article presented in this section validates my viewpoint in a comprehensible manner with a simple collection of pictures. Please view them for an eye-opening edification that will make the topic of racism obsolete.                [Maryse C. Elysee]

 Startling Photos Of Twins Reveal The Total Absurdity Of Racism (IMAGES)

By Elisabeth Parker March 3, 2015 8:21 pm –

SOURCE: Addicting Info

GRAPEVINE 00bMixed race twins with different skin colors is a one-in-a-million phenomenon, but they do exist. And these unique sets of siblings tend to make splashy headlines.
This week, the Internet’s all abuzz over Lucy and Maria Aylmer, the mixed race twins who say nobody believes they’re sisters. We can see why: The odds of having twins is around one in 350 to one in 400, and the odds that a pair of twins will have different skin colors is one in 500. Their dad Vince is white and their mom Donna is black. But instead of looking like a blend of both races — as many mixed race children do — Lucy has pale skin and straight, ginger-colored hair while Maria has a café au lait complexion and abundant black curls.
But given that both young women have the same parents, and that their mother may come from mixed race descent, calling one “white,” and the other “black” seems somewhat ridiculous. Where does “white” end, and where does “black” begin?

GRAPEVINE 01a - mixed-race-twins-Lucy-and-Maria-Aylmer

Maria told the Daily Mail:
‘No one ever believes we are twins. Even when we dress alike, we still don’t look like sisters, let alone twins.’
Lucy adds that they’ve also got three older siblings with varying skin tones.
“Our brothers and sisters have skin which is in between Maria and I. We are at opposite ends of the spectrum and they are all somewhere in between.”
The Daily Mail adds that the Aylmer’s mother comes from Jamaica and hence also may be of mixed descent, increasing the chances of passing down “white” genes.
People with Afro-Caribbean heritage often have some European DNA, dating back in many cases to the slave trade. This increases the chance of them passing on a gene for white skin to at least one twin.

Here’s a clip with Maria and Lucy Aylmer on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

GRAPEVINE 01b - mixed-race-twins-Lucy-and-Maria-AylmerWhen the interviewer asked when they started to realize their family was “anything but ordinary,” Maria replied:
‘It is what it is. We never even picked up on it until friends started talking about it at school.’

More photos of mixed race twins with different skin colors.
Mixed race twins with different skin colors come few and far between. But a quick Google search reveals we’ve got more of them than you might think.

Featured image: Screen grab/Google image search results for “mixed race twins different colors.”


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