Sunday, June 8, 2008

The White Man's Burden

"Many people in Tanzania — and across Africa, for that matter — believe albinos have magical powers. They stand out, often the lone white face in a black crowd, a result of a genetic condition that impairs normal skin pigmentation and strikes about 1 in 3,000 people here. Tanzanian officials say witch doctors are now marketing albino skin, bones and hair as ingredients in potions that are promised to make people rich."
-- Jeffrey Gettleman, reporting on the latest horrible trend in African nonsense, for the New York Times.

As far as I'm concerned, the West is just as responsible for this, because it, too, does not clearly defend logic and reason. It's a damn shame.