Whiteness Reality Check

Now that the human genome has been fully decoded, physical anthropologists have determined that light skinned people have only been around for about 8000 years. Hominids, early humans, have been around for more than two million years and homo sapiens, modern humans, for about 40,000 years.

As people migrated north, natural selection favored those with lighter skin because it more easily absorbed UV light in the low light northern hemisphere and those able to digest the sugars in milk because it fostered vitamin D absorption. This low light level and milk tolerance caused and supported the depigmentation of the skin. Today only 11.5% of the world’s population is Caucasian.

Whiteness is just a result of environmental adaptation and nothing more. We all come from the same place. We may be a majority in the U.S., but we are by far the minority in the world. Fighting that reality is futile and unnecessary. We would do better to focus on our commonalities than on our superficial differences and make the world a good place for everyone.

Love all, serve all, all is one.