Feeling Excluded Can Happen to Anyone

Sastry, Anjuli. “People Of Color With Albinism Ask: Where Do I Belong?”. NPR.org. N.p., 2015. Web. 28 Dec. 2015.

This article talks about two different people living / growing up with albinism. Albinism is “a rare genetic expression that leads to little or no melanin production.” In other words, it is a lack of pigment and the hairs appears white no matter the race. One women named Natalie Devora talked about how growing up she never really felt a part of the family considering the face that it was an African-American family; it also talks about how Devora has a daughter who is also African -American and how she has notices how different she is treated or looked at automatically because of her skin color, “Even though someone may know that I am black as they are, there is still an assumption that I’m white,” she says. “Or that my blackness is not the same as theirs based on my skin color. Which means I would have access to greater privilege. Which honestly, in some cases, is true.”” Then this article talks about the National Organization for Albinism and Hypo-pigmentation (NOAH), which was founded in 1982 and how they hold annual meetings for anyone that wants to attend. The second woman Brandi Green didn’t hear about Noah until her college years. Growing up her nor her parents didn’t know much about her condition nor did they talk about Brandi was just told that she had white people in her family long time ago. After finding out about NOAH it became a huge part in her life where she left like she finally fit in somewhere. I picked this article because I thinks it goes great with exclusion and it an example that doesn’t necessarily have to go with just what country you are from. In the article The Sociology of Social Inclusion by Dan Allman it is stated “For Leary et al. (1995), an individual’s sociometer is managed through self-esteem where social inclusion and exclusion are used as mechanisms to monitor the well-being of an individual or group’s social relations. These authors use the sociometer to underscore pain overlap theory by suggesting that self-esteem is a kind of inclusion detector that meters changes in the inclusionary or exclusionary positioning of individuals. From this perspective, it would be this need for detection that ultimately drives individuals to maximize their quest for inclusion while minimizing the possibility of exclusion” (Allman). With this quote an example I can think of is how NOAH was created and how it was created to help people that feel left out not feel left out anymore by gathering together with other people with albinism. As I read this source I didn’t know how much of an identity crisis a person can go through, and how many people actually live with albinism. This article shows that one does not need to be from another country to feel left out or even be treated differently. This article makes me think about what other condition make people feel excluded from the rest of use and how many people are afraid to speak up about it.

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