Melanin theory | Wikipedia audio article

Melanin theory | Wikipedia audio article


Melanin theory is a claim in Afrocentrism
that a higher level of melanin, the primary determinant of skin color in humans, is the
cause of an intellectual and physical superiority of dark-skinned people and provides them with
supernatural powers. It is considered a racist and pseudoscientific
theory.==Claims==
According to Bernard Ortiz De Montellano of Wayne State University, “The alleged properties
of melanin, mostly unsupported, irrelevant, or distortions of the scientific literature,
are (…) used to justify Afrocentric assertions. One of the most common is that humans evolved
as blacks in Africa, and that whites are mutants (albinos, or melanin recessives)”. The melanin hypothesis was supported by Leonard
Jeffries, who according to Time magazine, believes that “melanin, the dark skin pigment,
gives blacks intellectual and physical superiority over whites”.==Notable proponents==
Frances Cress Welsing Leonard Jeffries
Naim Akbar Richard D. King (psychiatrist)==In popular culture==
In 2006, the views of adherents and critics of melanin theory were dramatized in Cassandra
Medley’s play, Relativity.==See also==
Afrocentrism Black supremacy

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