We’ve all heard about the Curse of Black skin via the Book of Mormon and Christian Identity and even from Black people, but what about the possibility that it is actually White skin that is cursed? After all, it is White skin that burns so easily in the sun…White skin that freckles and wrinkles and develops raging skin cancer lesions and other unsightly discolorations…White skin that is melanin deficient. Black skin may scar more readily, but anyone who is tan-skinned and darker doesn’t have too much to worry about as far as early signs of aging, except those for who don’t take care of their health the way they should.
If you will check the figures from the World Life Expectancy’s website, you will see immediately that the countries with the highest rate of deaths from skin cancers are White majority nations like New Zealand, Australia, and Slovenia, while the lowest are countries with darker-skinned inhabitants such as Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. While it is true that those with dark skin can and do get skin cancer – Zimbabwe is a prime example of this, even with a minority of Whites living in the country – it is not typical, and mainly concerns those with close (a parent or grandparent) Caucasian ancestry, especially from Northern Europe (where my own White DNA hails from).
White skin may result from albinism as many claim, but I don’t believe it comes from leprosy as a lot of Black ‘Israelites’ tend to declare. According to recent (2015) findings by scientists, height, pale skin, and the ability to digest milk evolved in Europe between 8000 to 4000 years ago as a result of a genetic mutation.
First, the scientists confirmed an earlier report that the hunter-gatherers in Europe could not digest the sugars in milk 8000 years ago, according to a poster. They also noted an interesting twist: The first farmers also couldn’t digest milk. The farmers who came from the Near East about 7800 years ago and the Yamnaya pastoralists who came from the steppes 4800 years ago lacked the version of the LCT gene that allows adults to digest sugars in milk. It wasn’t until about 4300 years ago that lactose tolerance swept through Europe.
But in the far north—where low light levels would favor pale skin—the team found a different picture in hunter-gatherers: Seven people from the 7700-year-old Motala archaeological site in southern Sweden had both light skin gene variants, SLC24A5 and SLC45A2. They also had a third gene, HERC2/OCA2, which causes blue eyes and may also contribute to light skin and blond hair. Thus ancient hunter-gatherers of the far north were already pale and blue-eyed, but those of central and southern Europe had darker skin.