Sandra Laing


In 1955, an Afrikaner couple gave birth to dark-skinned child with frizzly hair. The parents at first were unnerved by this, but they thought the child would get lighter as it grew up. No such luck. The child was told by her mother to stay out of the sun, less she would get blacker! She grew up being ridiculed and called "Kaffir" because of her dark skin. Finally, the authorities were called when she reached 6 years of age, and she was faced with being removed from her parents´ home and sent to live in a Coloured area. But the father, Abraham Laing, had a DNA test done on Sandra Laing and himself, to see whether she was his daughter or not. The DNA test proved Abraham Laing was her biological father, as they knew all along! The authorities were now faced with a sticky situation, since both her biological parents were white. Both parents had no known Khosian or black ancestors. So the government passed a new law stating that the child of two white parents was also White. Below are some pictures of Sandra Laing:


Sandra Laing as a little girl


Sandra Laing and her mother


Sandra Laing and children by black husband


As for the last picture, Sandra Laing felt so alienated by the Afrikaner community (even after the DNA tests proving her white father was her biological father, and despite being classified as White by law, she was still ridiculed and shunned) her only friends were the children of the black servants. She had no white friends, as none of the white kids wanted to have anything to do with her. IMAGINE you have the same blood as them, and they reject you, just because your mixed heritage is manifest, while theirs remains invisible! Nonetheless, she ended up marrying a black man, and even though her family OBVIOUSLY had African ancestry too, they shunned her and she was forever separated from her family.


Nonetheless, as for the level of African or Khosian ancestry in the Laing family, it had to have been somewhat significant, even though it did not show. While non-white admixture in Afrikaners is 5-7% and therefore negligible, that's just an average. Obviously just as you'll find Afrikaners with less than 5% non-white blood, you'll find some with MORE than 7% admixture. In Sandra Laing's case, her parents happened to be one of the latter. Even in the United States, where non-white blood is more negligible than amongst Afrikaners, there are a some white Americans with above negligible black ancestry. In the case of Sandra Laing's parents, the admixture had to come from BOTH SIDES of the family too. So both had to have had a total of at least 20% Khosian genes, in order for the meiosis to take place. A person who marries a partner with negligible to no non-white ancestry cannot produce a throwback. But if both have enough non-white ancestry on both sides, for meiosis to take place, a throw back is possible! This is the case with Sandra Laing's parents. Negligible non-white ancestry DOES NOT result in throw backs!


Nonetheless, the Laing case not only demonstrates that Afrikaners aren't pure, it also demonstrates that some Afrikaners have above negligible levels of non-white ancestry. And who knows, Arthur Kemp may be one of them! Both Sandra Laing's parents, state that on both sides of the family as far back as their great-grandparents, their family has been white. That still does not rule out the possibility that one of the great-grandparents (or some RECENT ancestor) was "passing", and that a whole bunch of individuals with significant admixture, just happen to enter the genepool! In Algeria where black admixture is very significant, an Algerian once said in one family you can get siblings by the same two parents (both showing completely Caucasoid features) in which a child is born with full-blown mixed Negroid features, while another sibling (by the same two parents) will be European looking and fair-skinned, whle still another sibling (still by the same two parents) is born with regular Berber features. He says since Mulatto types are considered a part of the "basic stock", such variation in a single family is considered "normal" and suprises nobody! The Afrikaners on the other hand, have NOT allowed mixed traits to be a part of their basic stock (even though they have high levels of non-white ancestry by European standards), which is why when the rare throw back occurs, they are taken by suprise! To a North African, there would be no suprise.



Links of Interest

Sandra Laing: Survivor

Soapie Washes out the White

The Black Woman with White Parents

Woman´s Hour: Sandra Laing



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