Growing up in Jackson, MS, I gravitated toward white people. It felt natural, I suppose, because I looked like them. While my cousins got black baby dolls for Christmas, mine were always peaches and cream. Once, during playtime in elementary school, one of the black girls told me I couldn't join her group.
Semi-Albino: a Third Sex-linked Allelomorph of Silver and Gold in the Fowl
Being black in a white skin: students with albinism battle prejudice
Persecution of people with albinism sometimes abbreviated PWA  is based on the belief that certain body parts of albinistic people can transmit magical powers. Such superstition is present especially in some parts of the African Great Lakes region, it has been promulgated and exploited by witch doctors and others who use such body parts as ingredients in rituals, concoctions and potions with the claim that their magic will bring prosperity to the user muti or medicine murder. As a result, people with albinism have been persecuted, killed and dismembered, and graves of albinos dug up and desecrated. At the same time, people with albinism have also been ostracised and even killed for exactly the opposite reason, because they are presumed to be cursed and bring bad luck. The persecutions of people with albinism take place mostly in Sub-Saharan African communities, especially among East Africans. Albinism is a genetically inherited condition which is very rare and, worldwide, affects approximately one in twenty thousand people.
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The superstitions about albinos in Africa are plentiful and dangerous. In Tanzania last year, a 6-year-old boy had this arm chopped off by witch doctors who believe potions and charms made from the body parts of albinos are guaranteed to bring success. Koima, who lives in Nairobi, told BBC Trending that he first became interested in the issue of albinism when he heard of a woman in a village outside the capital who "gave birth to an albino kid.
Eleanor Ross does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Myths and stereotypes about albinism abound. People with the condition are called derogatory names, like inkawu — the Nguni term for white baboon — and isishawa , a Zulu word for a person who is cursed. They are stared at, and must field ignorant questions.