Mother reveals her heartbreak after meme of her newborn albino baby went viral
A mother has shared her heartbreak after sweet photos of her albino baby son were stolen by trolls and made into memes that went viral.
Mother-of-four and fashion designer Patricia Williams, 43, from Utah has two children who are albino.
When her youngest Rockwell came into the world in February 2018, his newborn photos were stolen and shared with nasty comments poking fun at his white hair, with captions that read 'when she get pregnant by her sugar daddy'.
Unfortunately, it's not the first time Patricia's children have been targeted because of their albinism. Rockwell's older brother, Redd, has also been teased in the playground due to his skin.
Fashion designer Patricia Williams, 43, from Utah has opened up about the abuse two of her four children have received because they have albinism. Pictured: With her youngest, Rockwell
Her second son, Redd now seven, was born in August 2012. When he was a few months old, she noticed his eyes were constantly tracking from side to side.
After doing some research, she discovered that this was a common symptom with albinism.
'Our seven-year-old, Redd, was two months old when we noticed his eyes constantly tracking side to side, so my husband decided to Google it,' Patricia said.
'The first thing he read was that it was a common trait in infants with albinism. At the time, I had never heard of the word "albinism" and had to ask what it meant.
'I remember him looking at our son and saying, "white hair, pale skin, tracking of the eyes - he's an albino." My immediate response was, "No he's not. Don't they have red eyes?".'
Patricia, and her husband Dale, 45, met with genetic specialists and an optometrist, and Redd was diagnosed with Oculocutaneous Albinism Type one (OCA1), which only affects around one in 17,000 worldwide.
When her youngest Rockwell came into the world in February 2018, his newborn photos were stolen and poked fun at, with nasty comments about his white hair
Her second son, Redd (pictured) now seven, was born in August 2012. When he was a few months old, Patricia noticed his eyes were constantly tracking from side to side. After doing some research, she discovered that this was a common symptom with albinism
Redd is legally blind, as he was born with nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eyes, and strabismus, commonly known as cross eyes.
'When Redd was born, he came out with a full head of white hair and beautiful blue eyes.
'At the time, we should've realized that there was something extra special with him when nurses - who were not our nurses - were coming in to see our "baby with the white hair",' Patricia continued.
'My husband and I were both born with blonde hair, as was my oldest son, Gage. So seeing our second son with such blonde hair didn't strike us as unusual.
The whole family! Patricia (centre) is pictured with her husband Dale, 45, (left), Wolfgang, five, (second left), Rockwell, now 21 months (on her lap), Redd, seven (second right) and Gage, 14 (right)
'Our seven-year-old, Redd, was two months old when we noticed his eyes constantly tracking side to side, so my husband decided to Google it,' Patricia said. Redd is pictured right holding his brother Rockwell, and Rockwell is pictured left with his grandmother
Patricia pictured holding her youngest son, Rockwell. When he was born they had more knowledge of albinism and began sharing pictures of him online
Gage (left) pictured with Redd (second left) Rockwell (second right) and Wolfgang (right) in their Halloween costumes
'The first month we had him home I remember three things as being very unique. The first was his hair; it was so white that it would sparkle in the sunlight.
'Second was the way his eyes were always tracking back and forth. I would try and block his view with my hands to see if he would divert his eyes down, but nothing ever worked.
'Third was how his blue eyes would sometimes flash red when he was in certain light. This was by far the strangest occurrence, but with all of these things, I figured it was because he was a newborn and that he would eventually grow out of them.
Last year, Patricia gave birth to their youngest child Rockwell, now 21 months, who was also born with albinism.
Wolfgang, Rockwell and Red pictured together. Their parents were upset when meme of their son was shared and started to ask people to take images down, but they soon realised it was out of their control, and decided to ignore the joke
Rockwell pictured as a newborn. His parents now make it a mission to raise awareness of albinism so children don't get bullied
Since they had more knowledge of the condition, they were able to prepare for the news.
It wasn't until Patricia began posting pictures on social media that her youngest son became an internet meme that went viral.
Patricia and Dale, who also have sons Wolfgang, five, and Gage, 14, were both upset and would ask each person who shared the cruel jabs to take it down.
But they soon realized it was out of their control, and decided to ignore the joke.
Now they make it their mission to raise awareness of albinism to avoid children like her sons from being teased or bullied.
Patricia pictured with Redd, who is dressed as a vampire. Redd has had laser eye surgery to correct his strabismus and has recently moved from a private Blind School to a public school
Particia explained that when Redd would go to the playground, he would receive stares and his peers would tease him because he looked different, but his older brother Gage became protective of him.
'When we confirmed that our son had albinism, I was initially shocked and did a lot of crying. I worried about my son's future and how he would be treated.
'I was unsure of how our dynamics as a family was going to change now that we had a son who burnt easily in the sun and would most likely be legally blind.
'I feel like the attention and comments from strangers in public is much more common with our 21-month-old.
'It's very unusual to see a baby with white hair and Rockwell's hair sticks straight up so it's very noticeable.
Redd, Rockwell and Wolfgang pictured with a bunny. Patricia and Dale plan to spread awareness of albinism to prevent them and other children like them from becoming victims of bullying
Brothers in arms: Redd, who also has albinism, pictured giving his little brother Rockwell a tender kiss on the head
Speaking of the shocking response to her son going viral, Patricia added: 'I never expected my son's photos to go viral on social media. Once I started gaining more and more followers, I started getting asked so many questions and realised that albinism is still very unfamiliar to people.
'Personal points of views were very misguided and based on what people saw in movies. I realised I had a rare and unique opportunity to educate and spread awareness, by means of social media and by sharing photos of our family.
'On social media, one of Rockwell's baby photos was actually turned in to a meme that went viral. At first, we were shocked and upset.
'I even tried reaching out to individuals who were posting and begged them to remove it, but after discovering that we couldn't stop it, we just rolled our eyes and realised it was out of our control. It wasn't even that funny or clever anyway.'
Redd has had laser eye surgery to correct his strabismus and has recently moved from a private Blind School to a public school. Patricia and Dale plan to spread awareness of albinism to prevent them and other children like them from becoming victims of bullying.
'It was very successful, and I now tell any parents considering the surgery, that it was the best thing we could've done for Redd's eyes.
'The other alternative was to wear a patch, but that can take months to correct, not to mention draw unwanted attention so we opted for the surgery.
Patricia added that now he's older, most of Redd's friends don't even notice he's different.
'If anything, they are aware that he needs his dark sunglasses, hat and sunscreen if they want to play outside, but other than that, he does everything that they can do.
Patricia added that now he's older, most of Redd's friends don't even notice he's different. 'If anything, they are aware that he needs his dark sunglasses, hat and sunscreen if they want to play outside, but other than that, he does everything that they can do' Redd is pictured in front of a graffiti wall
'People with albinism are just like everyone else. One of the biggest misconceptions is that they have red eyes. Because their eyes lack pigment, it's most common for them to have very light blue eyes.
'Another large misconception with albinism is that he or she may have a mental disability, when this has nothing at all to do with albinism.
'The scariest misconception is the way they are treated in certain parts of Africa, particularly Tanzania, where many of them are attacked and/or killed for their body parts.
'It was sickening to learn that someone just like our Redd and Rockwell, has to fear for their life of being hunted.
'People with albinism are just like everyone else. One of the biggest misconceptions is that they have red eyes. Because their eyes lack pigment, it's most common for them to have very light blue eyes' Patricia, pictured with her sons said
Giving advice to new parents who have a a child with Albinism, she added: 'Join National Organisation for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) to reach out and find support groups online.
'Whether you have a child with albinism, or a child with special needs, social media has been a huge factor in helping me find communities and resources.
'I'm a member of three large albinism groups on Facebook and have become friends with many other parents of small children with albinism on Instagram.
'I have learned so much from these groups and have been given so much support with all my questions and fears.
'Through photos and posts, we've all watched each other's children grow up and accomplish milestones that may seem small to others, but they're huge to us. For example, when your baby first makes eye contact with you at around six to eight months old.
'You feel like you've been waiting for this moment forever and it makes you want to cry. Just know that you are not alone and that there is always someone out there understanding your struggles and cheering you on.'
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The Far Right's Most Common Memes Explained For Normal People
When used around someone's name, a means of indicating that they are Jewish. The "echoes" are a reference to some old gobbledygook about Jews "echoing through history," but the parentheses are a handy tool on Twitter for anti-Semites to signal to one another when someone they dislike is Jewish. Once the tactic was exposed, some Jews and non-Jews started adding them to their own Twitter usernames as a way to subvert the practice and make it less powerful.
Alt-righters who use anime avatarson Twitter and other online spaces. The kinds of people who hang out in spaces like 4chan or 8chan tend to also be big anime fans. Like many of the items on this list, this idea occupies a constantly moving point on the irony spectrum.
The hashtag used by Shia LaBeouf's “He Will Not Divide Us” livestream project, wherein people could go up to a camera outside a museum in Queens and say an anti-Trump message. This quickly became an IRL trolling destination for the alt-right.
A sort of code used among neo-Nazis and white supremacists. “14” stands for the number of words in the white supremacist creed, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” “88” comes from the fact that H is the eighth letter in the alphabet: “HH” means “Heil Hitler.” Seriously, it’s that stupid. You would most often see this used in usernames or handles — something like @examplename88.
Alpha male, beta male, etc.
A ranking system based on perceived masculinity. It originated on bodybuilding forums and pickup artist sites and has been adopted by right-wing trolls. Obviously, the alt-right are alphas, and people who disagree are betas.
A convoluted meme about Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. In the opening scene, Bane is brought onto an airplane by a CIA officer played by the guy who plays Littlefinger in Game of Thrones. While Bane, the anarchy-loving villain, seems like an obvious idol for 4chan, they became weirdly enamored with the CIA agent, partly over an awkwardly homoerotic piece of dialogue (CIA: “You’re a big guy.” Bane: “...for you.”) While Baneposting isn’t explicitly alt-right, it’s bled over. For example, a guy dressed as the CIA agent showed upat the counterprotest of Shia LaBeouf's anti-Trump art project “He Will Not Divide Us.”
Bernard the Polar Bear
A forced meme that a polar bear cartoon purports to be an alt-right symbol. There’s a real cartoon show from South Korea about a polar bear named Bernard, but this isn’t totally related. The meme is basically fake and spread only in hopes that people will fall for it. Thing is, if you force a meme hard enough, sometimes it works. So far, this is still pretty obscure.
"Blown the fuck out" — similar to "owned." To be publicly humiliated, particularly by losing an online argument. Another more obscure version of this is "blacked the fuck out," a reference to Blacked.com, a pornographic website specializing in videos in which white women have sex with black men for the first time.
An ironic conspiracy theory about a pair of French celebrities. Igor Yourievitch Osten-Sacken-Bogdanoff and Grichka Yourievitch Osten-Sacken-Bogdanoff did a popular science TV show in France in the ’90s, and more recently had extensive plastic surgery (think Jocelyn Wildenstein). The meme is that they are secretly the masterminds and leaders of the alt-right (they are not). It’s vaguely like pretending Tara Reid is the puppet master of the government.
To become aware ("pilled," a term derived from "redpilled," described below) of the Bogdanoff brothers. This is extremely jokey and ironic, and involves pretending that Donald Trump alluded to the conspiracy when he said the phrase "bogged down in conflict all over the place" in a speech.
A self-adopted term for some Trump supporters. It’s a reference to a YouTube series called "Can't Stump the Trump" that mashed up footage of President Trump in a Republican debate with audio from a nature documentary about a centipede killing a tarantula.
Short for "cuckold," or a person who watches someone have sex with their significant other. It's the most common insult among the online far-right.
A portmanteau of cuck and conservative, used forold-guard Republicans who aren’t on board with Trump’s agenda. Think John McCain or Mitt Romney.
An anti-democratic philosophythat believes in a return to monarchism, traditional gender roles, rejection of egalitarianism, and a libertarian economic model.
A popularchat application for far-right groups.
A black-and-white cartoon man who is the victim of Pepe the Frog's pranks. Feelsman is a sad loser, a beta to Pepe's alpha. The name "feels guys" comes from the meme's early beginnings when his sad face would mean "know that feel, bro."
The alt-right on Twitter. It’s a reference to Pepe the Frog.
A term for "blocked" or "banned." It's a reference to the gas chambers used to kill millions of Jews during the Holocaust.
A nickname for Donald Trump.
A complimentary term that references how Donald Trump calls losers like Jeb Bush "low energy" and refers to himself as “high energy.”
"Involuntary celibate" and "voluntary celibate." A volcel is someone who is celibate by choice, but an incel is someone who wants to have sex, but can't find anyone to actually do it with. These terms get used a lot in the forums and subreddits to describe pickup artists and men's rights activists, who are known as the "manosphere." Think Elliot Rodger, the gunman who shot and killed people on his college campus and left a manifesto about how he was angry at the women at his school for not dating him.
A replacement for "LOL." If you're an Alliance player in the online multiplayer game World of Warcraftand you type "LOL" to a member of the Horde faction, it'll be read as "kek."
The Cult of Kek/Kek the religion
A joke based on the fact that there is an ancient Egyptian deity named Kek, who is supposedly a god of chaos and darkness and just so happens to be sometimes depicted as a frog — like Pepe. The joke is that Pepe is a modern incarnation of Kek, and fans of Pepe worship him.
German for "lying press." The term predates the Nazi period, but was used heavily in their propaganda to discredit the media. The word has been revived by the alt-right to describe the mainstream media as purveyors of fake news.
A term for when the influence of internet memes breaks through and causes real life consequences. The day after the 2016 election, 4chan users described getting President Trump elected as an example of "meme magic." Sometimes related to the whole "Kek religion" thing.
A giant moonfaced guy from a 1980s McDonald's ad campaign, now a racist symbol, partly because of the fact that he looks a little bit like he's wearing a KKK hood. For years, it kicked around as a low-level meme where the Moon Man was combined with rap songs, but it gained steam recently by becoming completely racist. The absurdity of an obscure fast-food ad swearing allegiance to the KKK is not lost on the alt-right. The irony is thick here, but so is the actual racism.
An acronym for someone "Not in Education, Employment, or Training." Basically, someone who lives in their mom's basement. It's a self-deprecating joke by people on 4chan and elsewhere that they’re all basement-dwelling NEETs whose mothers cook them chicken tenders for dinner. This isn't specific to the alt-right, but it’s very popular there.
Neoreactionism or NRx
An alt-right ideology variation. As Rosie Gray describes in The Atlantic, "the alt-right can be seen as a political movement; neoreaction, which adherents refer to as NRx, is a philosophy. At the core of that philosophy is a rejection of democracy and an embrace of autocratic rule." A lot of the big proponents of this are popular on Twitter, and some of them are fairly ironic about it.
Comfortable sneakers. During the election, the CEO of New Balance came out with a pro-Trump statement, which made the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormerdeclarethem "the official shoe of white people."
Normal people, as opposed to internet trolls.
Pepe the Frog
The meme that launched a thousand Twitter blocks. A cartoon smiling frog created innocuously by comic artist Matt Furie that has, over time, become the official mascot of far-right extremism in the US and parts of Europe.
A reference to Neo choosing to see the truth by taking the "red pill" from Morpheus in The Matrix. Being redpilledmeans you've become aware of the truth about society (which, according to them, means typically alt-right viewpoints). The term redpilled predates the alt-right, and has been a staple of the soup of men's rights/Gamergate/pickup artist/Reddit/4chan internet for a while.
An angry shrieking sound. Used ironically in the voice of a typical 4chan user. It's part of a larger joke that most people on 4chan are NEETs who live with their parents, play video games all day, eat only chicken nuggets, watch anime, and are on the autism spectrum. Typically, it's used to show anger at "normies" for invading their online spaces. There are memes of Pepe the Frog making that noise when he's angry.
A term for the users of 4chan's /r9k/ messageboard. Extremely withdrawn social outcasts who see themselves as unfeeling robots. Most of the time they just post about how they can't get girlfriends.
A bad Italo-disco song from 1986. Someone in the alt-right discovered an obscure track called "Shadilay" by a band called P.E.P.E. (as in Pepe the Frog, the alt-right cartoon mascot). The song itself has nothing to do with the alt-right except the band name, but in a truly weird twist, the record has a cartoon frog on the vinyl label.
A classic forum term for flooding a thread with worthless or annoying posts, either because you're bad at posting or because you do it on purpose to troll. The alt-right uses shitposting as a derailing tactic, kind of like a digital filibuster. The term is used flexibly to sometimes just describe any kind of online posting: tweets, memes, etc.
An acronym for social justice warrior, a pejorative term for people concerned with feminism, civil rights, and liberal ideology.
Short for "special snowflake," an insult to SJWs. The joke is that that they're fragile and coddled millennials who were raised on participation trophies and being told they were special.
The Overton Window
A general concept to describe the limits ("window") of what the public finds acceptable. Some pundits have suggestedthat Trump has shifted the scope of this window, and that things like the "grab her by the pussy" comment would have previously been career-ending for a politician. The alt-right believes it's helping shift the Overton window for the public by making the movement's extreme speech normalized, and in its wake has opened up the path for Trump.
A popular Facebook sticker of a purple pigeon (aka Trash Dove). Trolls on 8chan decided to spread a rumorthat the pigeon sticker is actually a pro-Nazi symbol. This is a good example of the thorny layers of irony in these memes: Trash Dove was created purely as a joke to trick people (especially the media) into believing this innocuous cartoon was a Nazi symbol, but then… it kind of became true. If enough people believe something is a Nazi symbol, then that's what it is. This is kind of like what happened with Pepe, an image that had no inherent tie to racism or politics until people started using it that way.
A conspiracy theory among white supremacists that immigration, globalism, and abortions rights are part of a larger conspiracy to exterminate white people.
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