we are not that common, only 1 to 2% of the world population has red hair. red hair comes from a genetic mutation (Red hair appears in people with two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16 which causes a change in the MCR1 protein). we usually have tons of freckles and pasty white skin. awesome. when we go in the sun, we often burn and/or develop a plethora of new freckles. a 2007 report in The Courier-Mail, which cited the National Geographic and "genetic scientists", concluded that redheads were indeed likely to become "extinct" in the not too distant future. that myth is not true, though. The National Geographic article actually stated that, "while redheads may decline, the potential for red isn't going away." in modern-day UK, the words "ginger" or "ginga" are sometimes derogatorily used to describe red-headed people, with terms such as "gingerphobia" (fear of redheads) or "gingerism" (prejudice against redheads). "Gingerism" has been compared to racism, although most sane people don't acknowledge this claim. some folks aren't so happy to be or be around gingers... in 2003, a 20 year old was stabbed in the back for "being ginger." and in may 2009, a british schoolboy committed suicide after being bullied for having red hair.
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