This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

Issue Features
Discovery Magazine 5/1/1991

Why are There so Many "Colors" of People?

Do you remember the song that says: "Jesus loves the little children—all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight"? Did you ever wonder why there are so many colors of people? How did this happen?

In humans, skin color is caused by a chemical called melanin (MEL-uh-nin). The color of a person's skin depends on how much melanin he has. If a person has a lot of melanin, he will be dark-skinned. If a person has very little melanin, he will be light-skinned. The amount of melanin is controlled by genes which are found inside each cell of our body. Some genes control hair color; some control eye color; some control the amount of melanin. Melan~in helps humans because it can soak up harmful rays from the Sun that might damage our skin.

God designed our bodies so that melanin could be produced to protect us. In climates where there is a lot of sunshine, people with lots of melanin can survive better than those without much melanin. Those people who live in climates with less sunshine do not need much melanin. God knew that people would want to live all over the Earth, and He gave us skin colors as a "built-in" protection. Skin colors are just another piece of evidence of how wise God is!

Copyright © 1991 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, in whole or in part, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web Store

Discovery Bound Volume 2014

Bound Volume 2014

Featured Audio


Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio