Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Under The Same Sun

Found this, was touched by it, thought I'd share....

From the website for Under The Same Sun
REFLECTIONS ON ALBINISM


“Albinism is etched in our imagination, yet the condition is rare enough in daily life that it

has no human face. We carry the condition; the world carries its weight and meaning. Such

deep-set words are hard to extract. Still, it’s hard sometimes not to resent albinism’s role

as one of the last unmitigated means to marginalize and ridicule, especially as we are so

swift to parse out people from their condition. It’s no longer “Idiot Savant,” it’s Savant

Syndrome, not “Siamese twins,” but conjoined. Not “albino,” therefore, but person with

albinism. In the beginning was the word. It’s still here. One day, education will dispel

ignorance and decency drive it out altogether. Until then, please refer to my condition,

and use my name.”

ANDREW LEIBS

WRITER AND PERSON WITH ALBINISM

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