African-Americans with Green, Grey, Hazel or Blue Eyes, Naturally Blonde or Red (Ginger) Hair, and Freckles
Black People with Blue, Green, Grey or Hazel Eyes - Really?
We, as a society, are so used to seeing black people with black or brown hair and with brown eyes, but when we see a black person with different color eyes and different color hair we see colored contacts and hair coloring. Nine out of ten times we would be correct in assuming just that, but there are black people who are out of the “norm” with naturally occurring blue, green, or hazel eye color and naturally occurring blonde or red hair color and have freckles. I know first hand because my Mom’s brother was born with blonde hair and blue eyes and their parents were black people with brown hair and brown eyes. Pictures of him are quite surprising. My mom said she and her sister were shocked, but not more shocked than their Dad, who swore the kid was not his, but the doctor said he was. Ever heard of Mama’s baby, Daddy’s maybe? As time passed my uncle’s eyes and hair changed to brown – WHEW! What a relief my Mom and her sister thought, and their Dad, my Grandfather, calmed down.
Genetics is a crazy thing and can reach way back in a bloodline and pull some tricks out of the proverbial hat. As our society moves on and interracial mingling continues, and it will continue, we will see more and more “different” individuals coming out of the woodwork which should not surprise us nor should we be offended. The world is a huge melting pot and there’s bound to be various “vegetables” in the soup mix.
What Does the Research Say?
Research has suggested that there is some mutation in genes that causes black people to have blue, green or hazel eyes and blonde or red hair. This so-called mutation is seen mostly among pure Africans, and these Africans have no Caucasian ancestry. A black person does not have to be mulatto or light-skinned to have blue or green eyes, blonde or red hair or freckles. The black race is quite varied in skin color, hair texture, and eye color as with any other race of people. I wonder if this same mutation is seen in other races? This question will be answered in the video attached to this Hub – please watch, it will surprise you.
As mentioned above, there are black Africans with characteristics not mostly seen by the average person that have blue, green, grey or hazel eyes along with red or blonde hair. Individuals, especially, in the U.S., are not used to seeing dark-skinned people with these characteristics. We are used to seeing light-skinned people with these characteristics and of course the obvious is to assume that the light-skinned people have Caucasian ancestors or immediate family members. An African-American dark-skinned friend of mine married a Caucasian man and they had three children, and one of the children was born with kinky red hair. That did not take them by surprise. It is surprising to see a black dark-skinned individual without the traditional brown eyes, brown or black hair.
Melanesians - Blondes of the "Black Islands"
Let’s take a look at a group of people who live in Melanesia, pronounced [mel- uh -nee-zhuh ,-shuh ], and of course they are called Melanesians, who live within a group of islands off the Pacific Ocean. Other Pacific islands include Micronesia, Polynesia, Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Bismarck Archipelago, and the Louisiade, pronounced [Lo-e-zi-odd], Solomon, Santa Cruz, and Loyalty Islands. The word Melanesia is taken from the Greek – melas meaning black or dark and nēsos meaning islands. References to the dark skins of the inhabitants of the islands. Melanesians are referred to as the blondes of the ‘black islands’ or naturally blonde blacks. Melanesians have frizzy hair and are dark-skinned. “Papuans,” are what they are referred to which comes from the Malay word papua which means “frizzy haired.” These frizzy haired people have characteristics that are not common to most dark-skinned people. You will see that some Melanesians have blonde hair and grey or green eyes. If we were to see these people on a daily basis we would think nothing of it, but that is not the case. Our minds can be so limited to just what we see in our own little world, but when we see things that are not usually in our own little world we think it odd or strange and want to reject what we see, when actually those “odd or strange” things have been there all the time. It’s like Caucasians visiting a distant land where they are not normally seen, and native people gather to touch their skin because the shade of it is different. Some of you reading this Hub may have experienced this if you frequently travel overseas. You are sort of a “celebrity” because of your skin shade, eye, and hair color and even your hair texture.
Other Races with Blonde or Red Hair, Blue, Green, or Grey Eyes
There are other races of people that we may think should have a certain skin color, hair or eye color. Asians should have jet black hair and brown eyes, East Indians should have long brown hair and brown eyes, Middle Easterners should have black hair and brown eyes, Caucasians should have all the eye colors and hair colors, oh, and don’t forget the freckles, but this is not true at all. Again, this is what we mainly see in our own little world.
Black people live all over the world and because of that they are not all going to look the same because of their migrating to other continents and intermingling with other races and/or simply genetics playing a part in a unique characteristic.