Food for thought.
“I absolutely challenge the White-Black dichotomy that mostly defines the racial politics in this country. At first glance, people see my pale skin, kinky-curly blonde afro, and green eyes and they either think I’m biracial or are otherwise utterly intrigued. In my adult years, I am rarely asked overtly about my racial background, but I can sense the uncertainty that surrounds with my identity. I can feel them subtly asking through their stares. On occasion, I have met people who have encountered others with albinism or can recognize that I am black but most people don’t know what to make of me. How do I expect people to know about albinism when it is practically invisible in this society? It is rarely discussed, unless it is in reference to animals or in a biological context. In addition, whenever a character with albinism appears in the media, he or she is usually depicted negatively such as an evil character or having supernatural powers.”
-Brandi M. Green, Embracing the Exotic, Being a Black Woman With Albinism, Clutch Magazine
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