Chemicals have dollar value. Melanin is a chemical. As of January 2018, melanin is worth $407.00 a gram.
Melanin is an aromatic bio polymer and organic semiconductor. Eumelanin is the brown and black form of melanin. It is found in the skin of humans, feathers of birds, fur of mammals and ink of cephalopods. Microorganisms even produce it. Pheomelanin is a red and yellow form of melanin. Plants also have a form of melanin known as allomelanin. Melanin is produced through a chemical process known as Melanogenesis.
Melanogenesis results from the oxygenation of the amino acid tyrosine in the presence of the enzyme tyrosinase. The first phase of Melanogenesis occurs when tyrosine becomes dopa. Dopa is the precursor to neurochemicals dopamine and adrenaline. When the third phase of Melanogenesis completes dopa transforms into dopaquinone. Lastly, the production of melanin is from dopaquinone the final form.
The price for gold today is $42.48. That means melanin is worth $364.52 a gram more than gold.
It has been nearly four years since we made the discovery melanin is worth more than gold. At the outset we really didn’t think it meant much more than something that Black people, African people, at home and abroad can point to as a source of pride, dignity, nobility and self-respect.
Since, then we have come to see people, apparently, fear the effect of everyone on this planet knowing melanin is worth than gold. A number of hoaxes and fake news projects were revealed to us along the way to this point.
More importantly, it revealed that a great deal of what we experience as human beings is based on not just cognition, but perception. We all have the ability to acquire knowledge about the world around us through thought, experience and the senses. Yet, two people will perceive the same information differently. For instance over 290,000 scholarly articles exist at present involving melanin. None appear to address the data regarding melanin being worth more than gold or the socio psychological implications relating to the two.
In a universe where 95 percent of all the universe is dark matter, there are some who still consider darkness as symbolic of something other than good. The potential for cognitive dissonance exists when the conflict between a culture which sees “light” as good in a time when UV light causes skin cancer and melanoma, while melanin is worth over $350 a gram more than gold. The conflict gets exposure when it is recognized that there are people promoting the idea “melanin” causes “vitamin D” deficiency. The same group never suggests “melanin deficiency” causes skin cancer. They always claim UV radiation causes skin cancer.
Melanin being worth more than gold indicates a great deal of conflict exists on this planet right now because of how people perceive the information they receive. We have endured centuries of false information due to the melanin content of one’s skin. Such ideas as “good guys wear white hats” and the “heart of darkness” metaphor have been at work diminishing the potential for human achievement.