Unit 7 Assignment: the Popular Culture of Albinism

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Unit 7 Assignment: The Popular Culture of Albinism Cierra Patrice Wilkerson CS204-27 Kaplan University July 1, 2014 Group culture Albinism is a skin condition present at birth and passed on from the parents to the offspring. It is a condition resulting from a significant reduction or absence of pigmentations in the skin, hair, and eyes. Individuals with this condition are fair-skinned and fair-haired most often with blue eyes taking on the tones of purple or red in bright light. This striking appearance has fascinated humankind for centuries, drawing reactions ranging from veneration to alienation (National Organization for Albinism and Hyperpigmentation, 2010). The society’s attitude towards albinism tremendously affects the individual and their immediate family. These attitudes have changed over time since the early nineteenth century. The society’s attitude towards albinism greatly affects the persons with the condition (Ray & Sengupta, 2013). Every society has its attitudes towards people with albinism. In US and the UK, most people have accepted albinism as a condition that can accrue to anyone. During this mid-age, native tribes in America considered Albinos as messengers sent by the divine entities. In some other native tribes, they were considered as elites and as good omen and hence treated with utmost respect. However, in the African society, albinism is viewed as a curse and persons with the condition are considered outcasts in the society (Lee et a., 1994). Their presence was a manifestation of wrongdoing in the family and the entire clan. In some extreme cases of discrimination, the victims of Albinism have been killed, and their body parts used for witchcraft particularly as it happens in the Republic of Tanzania. Widespread poverty, illiteracy, and ignorance about the condition deprived the victims’ proper care such as protection from

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