There are many incredible facts of people with albinism and these are one of the most important reasons why I choose albinos as the theme of this project. Life of people with albinism sometimes seems to be tougher than any other minorities because of their appearance. According to McAllister and Dubis at all, “albinism is an inherited disorder of melanin biosynthesis, associated with absent or reduced melanin pigment in the eye, and often in the skin and hair.” Owing to this, people with the condition have very unique and extraordinary external features and the medical issues could cause seriously low eye vision and skin cancer. Because of this, many people with albinism are lacking in education and suffering from a seriously high doctor’s fees. It also often forces to get a low-wages job under the equatorial sun. As a result, many people with albinism tend to die at a very young age and to live in extreme poverty. Furthermore, albinism causes low eye vision.
Moreover, Mass media and pop culture usually portray a negative image of people with albinism often called “Evil Albinos” because of the peculiar properties of this disease affecting a physical appearance. Therefore, the term “albino” is frequently used in hurtful ways by people. As Baker, Lund and Taylor state, the myths surrounding albinism have heavily influenced the life of people with the condition and intrude on their education, marriage and employment. Many populations of albinos are unemployed and often rejected for jobs because of the condition. In addition, unfortunately the prejudice and persecution toward people with albinism in Africa seem to be more intense than other regions, because the difference of an outward appearance is highly contrasted. Owing to this, many African albinos suffering from these myths and taboos have been murdered and killed. For example, body parts of people with the condition are used to make potions thought to bring good luck in Tanzania.