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Hello and welcome to The Golden Child

This site is called The Golden Child, for several reasons: to dispel the common myths that all albinos have white hair and pink eyes and that we “suffer” from our “condition.”  Many people with albinism from dark-skinned races have cream-colored skin, blond hair and hazel eyes. We are not cursed or unfortunate, we are golden.

I  dedicate this to my brother Ronald, who died at the age of seven in a house fire. He and I were and are the only people with albinism in our families on either side.

My 3 brothers

My three brothers. Only one has survived

What is this site about?

It is not a scientific research site. If you are interested in the chemistry and mechanics of albinism please go to the resource section for links.

The site was created by, for and about pan-Africans with albinism. It was created in order to help further the understanding of our unique population as well as people with albinism (albinos) from other dark-skinned races. It contains information on the past and present lives of our people, and discusses the situations we face and have faced in society.

What is albinism anyway?

Albinism is a condition, syndrome, color phase, peculiar birth circumstance, whatever you want to call it that affects almost every living creature on earth, including plants, It is present in every so-called “race” of humans and has nothing whatsoever to do with European genetic infiltration.

The first thing many people notice about albinism is our hair. Although many of us are golden, we also come in other “precious metals” such as platinum, silver and even copper. Our eyes can be hazel, blue, green or gray.

Why was the site created?

When I was growing up I rarely saw another person like me. Wherever I went I was called “she”, “her”, and “that albino.” I needed to find out more about who and what I was.

I started researching albinism in Middle School. At that time the only information available seemed to be either stark scientific jargon or medical research papers. Almost every resource I found painted us as something rather than someone: as things to be studied, analyzed and dissected. No one saw us as just human beings making our way through the world. The books described us as mutants who would go blind, were deaf, and whose teeth would fall out. They even wrote that we were retarded.

I thought if this was what I was finding, others and their parents must be getting this same lame and rather scary information. I wanted everyone to have a better picture of who we were. I also wanted each of us to know about each other. I wanted young people to see role models and have positive people to look at and read about. I started thinking about writing a book or starting an organization but that did not seem doable.

When I first got the idea for this site in the 90’s the internet was in its infancy. Dial up was the biggest if not the only game in town. Rudimentary bulletin boards and crude chat rooms were just about the only way of communicating through cyberspace. High speed was only available to big businesses and those who could afford an expensive T1 connection. Social networking multimedia sites were non-existent. It was not easy to put up a web site without knowing code.

There was no one place to find out about our history so I set out to gather information and make it accessible to everyone. I also wanted to be able to update it when necessary, which you can’t do with a book. I wanted pictures of famous and ordinary people to show the world that we are productive citizens. I wanted the world to know that we did not all have white hair and pink eyes; that we were not science studies: we were human; we were intelligent; we were physically and mentally strong and productive.

What’s going on now?

Since this site first went up in 1998 there have been many changes on the internet. Others have taken up the gauntlet and now there are several albinism social networks and sites. People are making videos on You Tube. There are clubs, organizations, and collaborations all over the world.

Still as of this writing, there is virtually no comprehensive historical information on the net regarding our history and social impact. Thus, I will continue to gather little known facts and present them to you.

If you use information from this site I would appreciate a link back. At the very least please give credit to me and the original writer.

So look around and enjoy my gift to you.

Namaste

Virginia Small
The Golden Child


Comments

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  1. Your site has a lot of interesting insights and information. I like all the book reviews. I’m amazed that you sussed out so many albinistic characters.
    I’m wondering where you are from and where you grew up.

    I’m also curious about why you use the term “Whites” and not the term “Blacks”. Since you acknowledge that many “Albinos” prefer to be persons with albinism – person first – aren’t you slightly dehumanizing “Whites” by not referring to white people instead?

    • Hello Stacy:

      I use several different terms when writing about Black and White society. Yes, I sometimes use the term “Whites” and I have also used the term “White friends”. I thought about using the terms Caucasians or Europeans, when referring to White people, but that just sounds stuffy. I use the term pan-Africans instead of Blacks. I find the word “people” redundant since we all know I am talking about people.

      I try to use different terms like “mainstream society” or “dominant culture” but these are euphemisms. Everyone knows I am talking about White people, so why not just say it? I have used the term Whites just like I used the term Christians instead of Christian people or people who are Christian.

      I mention that some people prefer to be called “person with albinism but I have found that many pan-Africans have no problem with the term “albino.”

  2. “I have found that many pan-Africans have no problem with the term ‘albino.’”

    Although I can understand a dislike for the term, it is a commonly used term.

    • Yes, it is a commonly used term, but many still are offended by it. After all; this is what people yell at us when they want to insult us. It’s up to each person to decide what they want to be called. We should each be empowered enough to turn to an offensive person and tell them the correct terminology.

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