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The tragic story of how a white girl being born black tore a family apart
By Catherine O' Brien
Last updated at 6:23 PM on 19th December 2008
Although both Sandra Laing's parents were white South Africans, she looked black
Sandra Laing had been doing her sums quietly when a boy was sent to fetch her from her classroom. In the principal's office, two khaki-uniformed officers were waiting.
'I'm afraid you're going to have to leave us,' the principal told her. He offered no explanation, and nor did the police officers who escorted her off the premises.
It was March 10, 1966. On Robben Island, in the sea off Cape Town, Nelson Mandela was serving the second year of a life sentence for sabotage.
And through a quirk of genetics, ten-year-old Sandra was about to become another potent symbol of a nation built on race and prejudice.
Her parents, Abraham and Sannie Laing, were white - indeed, as members of the Nationalist Party, they were fervent supporters of South Africa's apartheid regime - and yet their daughter undeniably looked black, with her brown skin and tightly curled hair.
Her African features were almost certainly a throwback to an unknown ancestor whose DNA, having lain dormant for generations, had emerged in her. But when Sandra was a schoolgirl, this aspect of genetics was unknown and there was no such thing as a DNA test.
There was only the cruel and relentless gossip suggesting that her mother had had an affair with a black man.
For four years, teachers and the parents of other pupils at her all-white primary school had fought to have her expelled on the grounds that she was of mixed race. Finally, they had succeeded.
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this gotta be a box of bull.......well feed me again in the morning whewwwww!!!
That story seem pretty unbelievable. Maybe the babies got mixed up at the hospital. But anything's possible. It's not like White people OWN blond hair and blue eyes. Every possible gene in humans can be found in Africa.
Aborigines have naturally blonde hair - even blonder than white people but it is an entirely different gene.
I've seen pure blooded eskimos with blue eyes.
I just hope that baby isn't treated better than her "black" siblings.
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