The twins were born to a white mother and a Black father. Their parents hope that they would serve as a reminder to love everyone equally.
Adorable twins Kalani and Jarani Dean were born to mixed-race parents with an unusual distinction. While Kalani has light skin, Jarani's skin tone is darker which is a very rare occurrence. Children born to parents of different races hardly ever get the skin color of just one parent and this is what makes the twins not only unique but also beautiful. Kalani and Jarani's mom Whitney is white, while their dad, Tomas, is Black. Their mother is now hoping that her children become a symbol against racism that reminders people to love everyone equally. "Kalani was as white as can be. I was just in denial because you know the odds of this? I would never think I would have a black and white twin. That's why I asked if she was albino because she was just so white," recalled Whitney, according to TODAY.
It is fairly common for children to be born with a mix of their parents' skin tones. But in rare cases, kids are born with a skin tone that is closer to one parent. As for the unique case of the twins, they appear to have taken on the color of each parent. Even Tomas was left surprised to see his daughters. "I was like, 'Yeah, she's a little light,' but I thought maybe babies are that way when they're firstborn. But then a couple of minutes later, her sister came out a little darker. In a million years, I never thought I'd have a girl with blue eyes. I didn't think I could pull that one off! I hope that a lot of people can see that color really isn't a big thing. What's important is love. Mysterious things can happen and life is a blessing," he said.
Whitney also revealed how no one believes that the two girls are twins, even though she dresses them up in the same manner. Apparently, they have similar facial features but it's their skin color that throws people off. What's more interesting is that Kalani looks a lot like her older Caucasian brother, Talan. Meanwhile, Jarani look much like the couple's 2-year-old son, Pravyn, who had drowned. The twins of the Meyers have added to the mystery that scientists have been pondering upon i.e. how genes interact with each other especially when there are so many of them that control the skin tone and the color of the eyes. "The physical traits you can see in a person are just a very small sliver of the genetic diversity across human populations," explained Dr. Bryce Mendelsohn, a medical geneticist at the University of California, San Francisco. "A lot of times we only focus on the things our eyes can see, but what we see is a tiny tip of the iceberg of the actual genetic diversity in everyone," continued Mendelsohn.
Ohio resident Khristi Cunningham also has the unique experience of raising twins with different skin tones along with her Black husband. Cunningham is a white mother of fraternal twins, one of who had a lighter complexion and the other a darker one. When she first heard about Whitney's baby, her first thought was, "Get ready for a lot of conversations with strangers!" Speaking to TODAY, she candidly spoke about the significance of talking about race in this country. "We did feel that we were obligated to share our story with others. We felt we were given these two beautiful children for a positive purpose — that purpose was to educate those who are ignorant to the fact that these things are possible, and to initiate a conversation on race in America," she told the outlet. She added, "No one on this Earth gets to stand in line to pick their skin color. It is only by chance we are brown, or black, or white."