Why Don't We All Have the Same Color of Skin?

by Ken Ham on February 24, 2011

Why don't we all have the same color of skin?

Creation Question


And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings (Acts 17:26).

Genesis 9:19, 11:9

For the answer to this question, you’ll need a mirror and a white or black piece of paper. Now, if you consider yourself a white, lightcolored person, look in the mirror and hold the white piece of paper next to your face. You aren’t white at all, are you? If you are a darkskinned, “black” person, get the black piece of paper, hold it next to your face, and look in the mirror. Are you really black? No! People are some shade of brown, because we all have a brown pigment in our skin called melanin. This is what makes us the shade of color that we are. Some people have a lot of melanin and they would be very dark; some people don’t have as much melanin, they would be lighter. I think that Adam and Eve had a medium brown amount of pigment. From such two medium brown people, they would be able to pass on the genes to either produce a really dark child or a really light child. So, Emily, to answer your question, we all do have the same type of skin color . . . it is just that the amount of melanin (brown color) differs from person to person.