Just the mentioning of lice makes a lot of people scratch their head by reflex. People who had to deal with these annoying bugs know how much of an annoyance they can be and how difficult they are to get rid of. Elementary school students have been the target audience for lice ever since they became a known nuisance, but there is an interesting phenomenon when it comes to different races of people. Apparently, there are a lot of questions about can black people get lice and even though this might sound stupid or even racist, there are some interesting facts behind the whole issue. Today we will discuss and explain why there are some quite obvious differences in terms of resilience towards lice with Caucasians vs Black people.
Basic differences between races explain why
There’s no doubt that different races carry some specific physical properties which is why there are races to begin with. Apart from the obvious, visual differences, there are even more significant differences in body structure. Black people are known for having much thicker and richer hair, which is the main attraction point for lice to grab on. Caucasian hair is generally much thinner in diameter, and most lice species have a limit when it comes to the spread of their mouth. Obviously, if the hair string is thicker than what the lice can attach to – it simply won’t be able to attach to. Lice need to live and breed in a warm and moist environment for a while in order to multiply and spread. With black people’s hair being thicker, it seems as if they have a natural repellent system against lice. Of course, there are differences in hair thickness in between races themselves so there will most certainly be individuals of Caucasian descent with thicker hair, as well as individuals of Black descent with thinner hair. However, when looking at the entire statistical picture, Black people do in fact record far lower numbers when it comes to lice infections.
Is it any different in Africa and other countries?
Statistics that we are talking about here are correlated to the North America region, where Caucasians make the most of that region’s population, so lice have adapted to the majority. In Africa, where Blacks make the most of the population, lice are different. They have much wider mouths and can fit around thicker hair strands, which makes the whole statistic balanced at most. It’s a really interesting concept that goes all the way back to evolution principles. Lice survive by nesting and breeding, which is why they must adapt to the environment where they are living in order to survive. There is another problem of determining why Blacks have thicker hair strands to begin with, but that is a whole different concept that we will deal with at another time.
Basically, black people do get lice less commonly, but only in areas where Caucasians make the most of that region’s population. Lice adapt to the majority.