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If Superman was real, he’d have to be a black man.
It would be scientifically impossible for someone who is melanin deficient (specifically deficient or void of external melanin) to be powered by the sun, he would be unable to absorb the energies from the sun and literally deteriorate into nothingness if he even tried it.
Most people know very little about melanin and the ‘super’ qualities of it’s nature. The works of Edward Bruce Bynum, Richard King, Frances Cress Welsing, Bobby Hemmitt, Alim El Bey, Brother Panic, Laila Afrika and many other dedicated black scholars have laid out a thorough foundation of knowledge surroundings this subject.
Even so, it seems most people are still bound by the limited and degrading explanations of melanin given to them by primarily racially biased Caucasian scientists without even a slight desire to investigate further.
The Science column of Forbes magazine released an article about this very topic a few years ago and they stated, “Almost all life on Earth is ultimately powered by the Sun via photosynthesis: plants and other organisms use light to make food (carbohydrates) from CO2 and water. Their photosynthetic cells also release oxygen, which can be used to burn the energy-rich carbs that fuel metabolism. Superman’s cells would carry out a process similar to photosynthesis. Instead of making carbs, maybe he synthesizes fictional molecules that store even larger amounts of chemical energy.” Those “fictional molecules” would be something like melanin, in one of its many forms.
Melanin stores large amounts of energy. It is the black, transmutable, life-bringing, super conductive, multi-dimensional substance of the universe. People whom have sufficient levels of melanin (enough to maintain a healthy homeostasis in planet earth’s atmosphere) naturally synthesize light from sun, similar to plants and other living organisms. Superman would’ve had to have an extraordinary amount of melanin to be able to digest, store, and reuse the energy from the sun in a such a “super” way. In other words, he would’ve been very, very, black.
Although The Forbes article did make some valid points it did make a few crucial errors. One of those was about the connection of the ‘super dark pigment’ and melanin when the author said, “The dark pigment that Superman’s cells would need to absorb sunlight has a different function to melanin, the brown pigment that humans and other mammals use to protect against damaging UV radiation.”
Melanin, is literally what Superman would have to have a ‘super’ amount of in order to make him, super. Not only that, but all that melanin – particularly in its skin form – would give him a ‘super’ dark pigment.