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    Mudderway

    You do realize, don't you, that people in Northern climates do not produce much melanin, which makes for lighter skin?

    When the ancestors of any now-white group of people migrated out of Africa and into climates farther and farther north, they lost the darker skin coloring because the sun's rays at the northern latitudes are not that intense and skin doesn't need to be protected as much with all that clothing on to keep warm, so eventually the dark skin was lost to people who stayed in northern climates.

    You don't say what skin color you have, but if you are dark-skinned and lived in a far-north climate, had children, and their children had children, and so on, it would take a remarkably short evolutionary time period for your descendants to lose the dark pigments as a result of melanin not being necessary to survive in a cold climate.

    Ergo, if you can't stand being around people with light skin tones, I recommend you stay in equatorial climates where there are any number of shades of light brown to dark brown to black-skinned people around the world (and very few light-skinned people, but if they have descendants who stay in equatorial climates, their descendants will acquire dark skin in time, too).

    Rei does not need to defend her new country.  It is what it is based on events that happened during the last 1300 years and the people who settled there.  It just so happens they were not dark-skinned and some were from even farther north than Iceland.  So what?

    Do you think countries with fair-skinned people need to import dark-skinned people to provide what you think of as a balance, or diversity?  Do you want to use coercive force on Iceland's government to import dark-skinned people by invitation?  What if people with dark skin from warmer climates do not want to move to colder climates?  Do you recommend forcing dark-skinned people to move to cold climates where they don't want to live?

    Do you see where your criticism is way off the mark, beaky?  Iceland's history is far different from US history, and Rei had no control over Iceland's history.  

    If you don't like the "lack" of ethnic diversity (as you see it), don't visit Iceland.  Stop judgmentally and negatively criticizing the country because it doesn't meet your standards for diversity.  It's cold there, much of the climate is harsh, and you might freeze your @$$ off.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:55:27 PM PST

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