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I’m no geneticist or biologist, but it looks like Sandra is a product of an black South African and maybe a white Afrikaneer.
Again, I know anything it could be true, but Laing’s story is extreme.
If you’re in the Los Angeles Skin screens next month at the Pan African Film Festival before getting wider release.
The film which Adkins refers to is Skin, a biopic based on Sandra Laing’s life.
A few years ago I thumbed through a book which detailed Laing’s tumultuous life, When She Was White: The True Story of a Family Divided By Race.
Obviously the fact that a child who was obviously of non-white ancestry was born to conservative Afrikaner parents during the period of apartheid is a story which elicited some interest in South Africa at the time, and the “talk of the town” very literally.
Sandra Laing’s paternity was under some debate, and it was a working assumption by many that the mother was unfaithful.
Rather primitive blood tests did not reject that Laing’s putative father was her father, and one should probably modulate down the likelihood of a white woman having an affair with a black man in apartheid South Africa, and, keeping the child.
How do we assess the probabilities of paternity vs.
re-expression or recombination of genetic variants which code for African phenotypes within the Afrikaner population?
My previous posts about the fact that fraternal twins can appear to be of different races because of the way genes randomly recombine in offspring from parents shows that this isn’t impossible in principle.
But in those cases the parents themselves were often of mixed ancestry (or at least one was).Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating