A British Nigerian couple was surprised when they first saw their blond, blue-eyed daughter. It is not clear whether the little girl named Nmachi is albino or is the result of dormant genes. A geneticist at the University of Oxford says everyone is a “genetic mixture.”
I’ve posted the video because the child’s birth challenges how many of us think about race and shows us how silly such labels can be. I, for one, wish I had paid better attention in chemistry. I’ve been struck by how the baby has been described as “white” when her parents are black.
International media have been publishing stories about the family for a week with only a few American outlets picking up the story. Some readers have wondered whether infidelity is the reason for the child’s light complexion. Ben Ihegboro says his wife, Angela, has been true to him, and I seriously doubt the couple would give interviews if either of them had such questions.
Her parents call her a “miracle.” To me, she is a teachable moment. Nmachi’s birth is an example of why color shouldn’t matter.