Difference between white and black people
White people vs black people:
The earth is inhabited by people of many different races, ethnicity and skin colors and it is this diversity which makes earth an interesting place to live in. It is a commonly known fact that each ethnicity and race possesses certain characteristics that are unique to them alone. So what is the difference between the people that we brand as white or black? Let us observe.
Who are white people?
White people, thus referred to because of their light pigmentation of skin, imply a specific set of ethnic groups whose skin color is rather light. It functions as a color metaphor for race. White people obviously have a visible degree of European ancestry in them which contributes to their whiteness of skin. The term ‘white people’ or the ‘white race’ originated in the 17th century as opposed to the non-whites or the ‘colored people, owing to the racialization of slavery which operated at the time.
Who are black people?
The term ‘black people’ is used in order to refer to people with dark skin. This term sprung up due to the system of racial classification which depended upon certain social variables such as class and socio-economic status. Generally, the people who are referred to as ‘black people’ are of Sub-Saharan African descent whose dark skin color is often also accompanied by natural Afro-hair texture. However, the skin color of these people has been thus fashioned with a large amount of melanin included in their skin to suit the kind of climate that their respective countries of origin bear. This is so that they may be able to face the harsh rays of the sun without the danger of their skin being damaged.
What is the difference between black and white people?
The terms ‘black people’ and white people’ came in to being as a result of the racialization which existed due to the slave trade in the 17th century. White people possess light colored skin whereas black people possess dark colored skin. Another factor which sets them apart is the fact that while ‘white people’ have a significant amount of European ancestry in them, ‘black people’ are known to hail from Sub-Saharan Africa.
The skin of the ‘black people’ is rich in melanin. Melanin in skin forms a sort of a protection for skin against harmful rays of the sun and it is due to this high amount of melanin present in the skin that the skin of the black people appears quite dark. The ‘black people’ are originally from the Sub-Saharan Africa where the sun is rather harsh and unbearable at times. Therefore, the black skin which is rich in melanin was the nature’s gift to the Sub-Saharan African people to be able to survive under such harsh conditions. White people only have a little amount of melanin in their skin. This is why white people tend to get severely sunburned when compared with ‘black people’ whose skin bears up the rays considerably well. Also, it has been proven that it is the white skinned people who suffer the most from various forms of skin cancers as opposed to black people who seem relatively safe from such dangers.
Speaking of skin, it is a known fact that dark skin prevents an essential B vitamin, folate, from being destroyed while in white skin, this B vitamin and folate components are more likely to get destroyed. This relatively increases the life expectancy and the chances of survival of black people than white people who are prone to suffer from various conditions effecting from such deficiencies.
But because of the fact that dark skin prevents the sunlight from penetrating the skin and thus hindering in the production of Vitamin D3 whereas white people are able to produce this vitamin much easily than black people. However, black skin is known for its tactile characteristics and therefore, it portrays slower and less pronounced development of wrinkles whereas white skin is more prone to wrinkles in an early age.
Another characteristic which sets black people and white people apart is their hair. Black skin is often accompanied by Afro-hair which is rather coily and coarse in nature and also appears dry or matte in appearance. This aspect makes their hair more susceptible to breakage and damage when brushed. The hair of white people on the other hand tends to be finer and more manageable than Afro-hair.
It is also a widely known fact that because of the different biological make of their bodies, blacks and whites have different reactions to certain drugs. And it is also a known fact that while blacks are more prone to develop certain types of diseases whereas whites are prone to succumb to other types of conditions which are completely different from the ones that the blacks suffer from.
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