Albinism is a fairly common mutation, and most Americans are used to seeing white Albinos. But what about albinos from other places in the world?
Did you know that the family with the most albino children was a black family? A black family had four albino children–all of them with light tan skin, blonde hair, and light eyes. Naturally, this is uncommon. But because white people generally have lighter skin to begin with (and therefore the skin difference between a fair-skinned person and an albino person isn’t that great), people were surprised to see children with albinism who were also black.
Black parents whose children have albinism. (http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00085/F_200411_november27e_85790a.jpg)
As a matter of fact, albinism has significant importance in other countries where most people are black. Unfortunately, in some parts of Africa, a myth remains that albino body parts can cure illnesses and have magical powers. This has become a black market, and many albinos who live in these areas do not feel safe. Albinos in these countries also deal with other issues–because they look different, there is a myth that they are mentally disabled, which is not true. Moreover, in less educated areas of these countries, giving birth to a child with albinism can be the end of a marriage. Some men don’t understand that albinism is a random genetic mutation, and they believe that their children were born light because their wives have had affairs with white men. (In reality, it is possible for a black woman and a white man to give birth to a “white” pigmented child, but this is about a million to one, and requires “white” genes on both sides). http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34182250/