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Mom Gives Birth to "Black and White" Twins

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Ronda Kaysen:The chances of giving birth to a black twin and a white twin are a million to one, yet Carole Fraser was so certain that her babies would be literally biracial that she called them "Salt" and "Pepper" when they were in the womb. Sure enough, the British mom (who is black) gave birth last spring to a white baby girl and a black baby boy.

Black and white twins


She's totally unfazed by the odds, even if most other people are not. She and her husband, Brian (who is white), have even been stopped on the street by curious Japanese tourists who snapped photos of the one-in-a-million twins.

"For us, that takes some getting used to, because we just see them as our babies, and we're used to one being black and the other white. We sometimes forget that it might look strange to other people," the 42-year-old mom told the Mirror. "People comment on how different they look, but no one has ever said anything unkind."

Carole's father is black, her mom is white and her half-siblings are also white, so she's accustomed to living in a multicolored household. In fact, Carole and Brian's 2-year-old daughter, Ruby, is also light-skinned.

Carole worries for her son -- who, like her, will grow up as the only dark-skinned child in a family of light-skinned siblings.

"I know that Daniel will never feel left out or different, because we love all our children so much," she says. "We are a lighthearted, easygoing family, and we haven't thought about how we will prepare the twins for what other children might say. We will raise them to be self-confident and to believe in themselves, and I just hope they won't get teased at school."

As incredible as Carole's story may be, she's not the only mom to produce a pair of differently toned tots. Last year, another British couple had not one set of black and white twins, but two!Dean Durrant and Alison Spooner gave birth to Miya and Leah, one white and the other black. Their older twin sisters, Hayleigh and Lauren, are also white and black.The odds of this happening are so rare that there aren't even statistics to say how often it occurs.

Aside from the amazing science of it all, births like these truly embody the idea of a biracial family.


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Anonymous July 14, 2010, 5:27 AM

Um, both those children CLEARLY look African American.

michelle July 14, 2010, 8:59 AM

What does that even mean, saying that one is “white” and the other is “black”? That kind of idiocy makes it clear that some people still don’t understand that race is a social construct, not some kind of absolute genetic category. Practically all siblings of any “race” who are not identical twins will be born with somewhat different skin tone from each other. It only becomes a “million to one” event if one sibling happens to fit a socially constructed and ARBITRARY definition of “white” and the other “black.” But if you take a step back, these babies clearly look like siblings regardless of the categories society will try to shove them into. One child is just a little darker skinned and one is just a little lighter skinned. Period. If anything, the scientific miracle would be if these fraternal twins were born with identical skin tones. I feel bad for this family — they’re being treated like circus freaks. Proof that in the UK as well as in the US people are still obsessed with race.

Anna July 15, 2010, 5:18 AM

Both babies look black/mixed to me - neither would be called caucasion.

Keekee November 15, 2010, 1:29 PM

That is absurd. That so-called black baby is just a biracial as his sister and she is NOT white. He’s not even dark. He’s just a tad bit darker than her. I find most of these so-called black and white twins to be absurd….It’s funny that I am the black baby’s color and people describe me as light/white, mixed..WEIRD. I think they are going overboard with these twins. They won’t say the same thing if they were just regular siblings. Me and my sisters are three different colors…BIG DEAL.

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