Skin Deep: Showing On History Channel | Television

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Following the footsteps of the multi awarded and powerful biographical film account entitled ‘Skin’, History Channel presents a documentary feature on the same subject matter. This TV special revolves around the life story of Sandra Laing, a woman born to African parents, but manifested the features so far from her birth parents: dark tinted skin and tightly curled hair. Born in a time when the apartheid system was at its zenith, she found herself at the middle the social issue of colour and racial discrimination that took command of her life.

Skin Deep

‘Skin Deep’ tackles about the historical background of the system, as well as providing nuggets of information that offer answers with regards this curious case. As it has been found, the situation experienced by Ms. Laing owes itself to the complexities of the human genetics. With respect to the mixed ancestry of interbreeding races in South Africa at that time, it comes as no surprise that those hailing from the area possess genes from all these diverse gene pools.

Genetics is random. There are no set rules as to what set of genes will manifest themselves in a child once it is formed. Given the huge assortment already present in Sandra’s gene pool, it was simply a matter of opportunity for it to show in her person; regardless of the fact that her parents, both clearly showing external Afrikaner characteristics.

Ms. Laing was subjected to a dilemma of colour which lead her to be classified back and forth from white to black, having to fight for her classification on and off the legal bench. She experienced discrimination from the system and her peers, finding herself in the crossfire of an identity crisis.

Her story is discussed in detail with interviews from respected authorities and experts in this program.

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