I was scanning a newspaper on the train the other day, and an article with the following headline caught my eye: "Mixed-Race Couple has mixed-race twins again."
Of course I read the article, and discovered that a couple in London, where mum is White and Dad is Black, just had their second set of twin daughters where one looks Black and the other White. Remembering the last time this kind of story broke and the twins weren't all that different looking, I didn't think this case would be much different. But I googled the couple and found this story with a picture. And it is pretty amazing.
As the mother of two boys who also are different colors (not so dramatically), I bristle when people point this out to me. When they say, "oh how cute, one looks like you and one looks like your husband," I don't find it cute.
So I feel some sort of shame at being fascinated by stories like these. What do you think? Should two babies born with different pigmentation be page one news stories? Is there a proper way to frame the story, from a scientific wonder perspective that takes away the "freak of nature" aspect to it, perhaps? Thoughts?