I bet you didn’t see this one coming. Neither did I. Blacks with naturally blonde hair? That’s strange for those of us who have never heard of such a thing.
We often wonder why some black women or colored women choose blonde dyes, extensions*, etc to “compliment” their skin. Some people say some blondes are a bit extreme for certain skin tones, but you can no longer say that blonde hair does not belong to blacks as well.
In Melanesia, about a quarter of the population has dark skin and blonde hair. This has baffled experts for years. It is said that outsiders might have something to do with this, but the locals insist that it is just a mutant gene. They also say it is because they eat a lot of fish and have constant exposure to sun.
The thing is, many of the children are born with blonde hair, who might have just been exposed to their mothers milk and very little sun.
The next question you might think to ask is: Are they even considered black?! Well, yes, of course they are. They are actually black islanders and Africans of the Solomon Islands, that just happen to have blonde hair.
Part of the confusion comes from the fact that historically people believe that naturally blonde hair is from Europe. Because Melanesia is far away in proximity to Europe, how could they also have blonde hair?
If Europeans had a hand in their make up it would be only because recent studies show that all humans outside of Africa have certain genes that have been passed down from Neanderthals.
Melanesians are the only ones prehistorically known to have unique ancestors, interbreeding with Neanderthals, which is a pretty plausible explanation.
Interesting, right? Regardless of how they got their blonde hair, the Melanese are striking and absolutely beautiful, and they teach us a very valuable lesson on judgement, culture, and race.
Additionally, if you notice the structure of the strands on each head is much different without any man made manipulation. They seem to be mostly in the 3 category with some people having straighter blonde hair in comparison to some with tighter curls.
Some things just cannot be explained as much as we try to explain them, and in this case there should be no need for an explanation. I guess the moral of the story is we are not all destined to look the same, but we are all beautiful in our own right.
Originally posted 2015-01-23 20:00:22.