Black, white, tall, or skinny, there are stunning beauties everywhere in this world. However, many beauties are often not acknowledged because of their unique physical attributes. Redefining the Face of Beauty, has made it our ambition to uncover these hidden beauties and educate people about the different faces of beauty in life. With education comes knowledge. Knowledge is power. Ignorance breeds racism and hate. This article is about the racism and hate towards people who are born with a condition known as Albinism.
Some people may be unfamiliar with this term. You may have seen a person who is albino, but could never determine what (if any) kind of condition they have. Albinism occurs when an individual is born with a melanin "defect" that can result in them having little to no pigmentation in their skin. Melanin is a substance that we are born with that gives us color in our hair, skin, and eyes. Albinism can be passed genetically within families. In more severe cases, Albinos may have vision problems, rapid eye movement, cross eyed or patches on their skin. There are two main types of Albinism, Type One and Type Two. The first one is caused by a defect in the pigment melanin. The second type is when certain people are actually born with a slight coloring at birth. A person can also be born with vision impairment. This condition is called ocular albinism type one. Albinism is not restricted to just one race, it can happen to anyone, including animals.
People with albino are stereotyped
to all have reddish eyes.
Diagnosis is done by a doctor who will do an electroretinogram, to detect vision complications. There is no cure for an individual who has Albinism, however, the most common risks associated with having this condition is skin cancer and blindness. For most, being albino is a condition that makes them look different and most often this does not affect a person's life expectancy unless they obtain Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, which is a syndrome that causes internal bleeding in the heart and lungs. Many people who carry the gene are strongly encouraged by their doctors to see a genetic counselor before starting a family.
What is Albinism?
DO ALBINOS HAVE A HARD TIME IN LIFE?
The most common question should probably be "Why do albino's have personal struggles and what are those struggles?" Human beings as a whole have tremendous problems, but if you add having to live in a world where different is bad, then you can become extremely depressed and ostracized. People often make fun of those who have albinism, calling them names and forcing them to feel less than dirt for a condition that they can not help.
In certain portions of Africa (i.e. Tanzania East Africa), albinos are mutilated for their body parts as part of a witch craft ritual. They believe that people who are albino have body parts that can heal and solve many problems. They are often captured alive and their limbs are torn from them and donated to another person. Many mother's in those areas often spend their lives trying to hide their baby, so they do not become a victim of sacrifice. Despite their efforts, many are captured and killed. The average life expectancy of an African Albino in Tazania is 30 years, with only 2% living to the age of 40.
The woman featured below
has been butchered for her limbs,
which are said to be good luck
if it is from an albino.
There are many gangs that invade
homes and confiscate
individuals with Albino
just so they can use their limbs...
All of this is happening because of the color of someone's skin. If an individual stopped to think about it, one has to admit that the treatment of a person based on skin tone is ignorant and silly.
What does it feel
like to have Albinism?
This article boils down to one thing. Treating someone different based on their specific physical attributes.
BOTTOM LINE: Beauty is everywhere...
BOTTOM LINE: Beauty is everywhere...
GALLERY OF BEAUTIFUL ALBINOS!
Wouldn't she be just
as pretty with darker features?
THE COLOR OF A PERSON'S SKIN
HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BEAUTY.
AND EVERY MAN HAS A RIGHT TO LIVE....
- National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation -- http://www.albinism.org/
- International Albinism Center -- http://albinismdb.med.umn.edu/
- Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network -- www.hpsnetwork.org
Documentary on the understanding of Albinism
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble (Philippians 2:3)
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA