An albino baby was turned into a meme- and now his mother is asking people to not use her baby's photo as a joke.
Patrica is trying to protect her baby from the cruelty of the Internet by asking users to not post a particular meme that features her albino baby. The image features her now 21-month-old son, Rockwell, as the butt of rude Internet users.
The mother talked to Metro News, where she revealed how upset she and her husband Dale were. She wants adults to stop using her son's photo as a joke and meme. She also stated that she has been messaging random users who post the meme with a request to delete the picture. But while her efforts are understandable, it's a daunting task to undertake. Because of this, the mother feels defeated because of how quickly and widespread the meme has become.
The parents weren't going to sit back and watch the Internet bully their albino baby. So, the parents decided to create awareness for albinism. This condition is described as a lack of pigmentation in the eyes, skin and or hair.
This isn't the couple's first child with albinism. They have a seven-year-old son named Redd who first introduced them to the condition. The mother also has two other boys who don't have albinism. The mother noted that when her eldest was born, she noticed that his hair would sparkle in the sun and his eyes would occasionally turn red under certain lights. She thought her son would grow out of it but then realized that this is something they would both live with forever.
The couple sought professional help, which is when a genetics specialist and optometrist diagnosed Redd with oculocutaneous albinism type one (OCA1), nystagmus (an involuntary movement of the eyes), and strabismus (cross eyes), and it was then he was certified legally blind.
Being an albino child isn't easy- the couple also noted that when Redd started school he was teased and stared at a lot. But Patricia and Dale want to bring awareness to albinism so that they can combat bullying. When Patrica posted her son's photos to Instagram, they went viral. She subsequently received a lot of questions from people. Yet she hopes to use her platform to not just help her own children, but other children like hers.