Angelina Jolie: She talks about the ethnic grievances in medicine

Angelina Jolie
She speaks about the ethnic grievances in medicine

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Angelina Jolie has three adopted children from different ethnic backgrounds. In an interview, she now talks about the representation of non-white skin in medical textbooks.

Angelina Jolie (46) has six children with her husband Brad Pitt (47). The twins Vivian and Knox (both 12) and Shiloh (15) are the couple’s biological children, Zahara (16), Pax (17) and Maddox (19) have been adopted. Zahara was born in Ethiopia, Pax in Vietnam and Maddox in Cambodia.

“I have children from different ethnic backgrounds”

In an interview, Angelina Jolie now talks about the skin colors of her children and the extent to which these are depicted in medical textbooks. “I have children from different ethnic backgrounds and I know when everyone gets the same rash that it looks different on everyone,” said the 46-year-old in an interview with medical student Malone Mukwende. “Whenever I looked at medical tables, the reference point was always white skin.”

He recently had an operation on Jolie’s eldest daughter, Zahara. The doctors told her after the operation to call if her daughter from Ethiopia turned pink – a condition Jolie had never heard of before.

Angelina Jolie: She talks about the ethnic grievances in medicine: Angelina Jolie with her children

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Angelina Jolie: Colored skin is underrepresented in textbooks

Mukwende confirms the actress’ statements. When Jolie talks about the textbooks in which only white skin is represented, the medical student says: “I noticed that relatively early on. Almost all of medicine relates exclusively to [weiße Haut]”. Mukwende added in conversation with Jolie:” As you mentioned before, this is a very serious problem for different ethnic groups because you may see their symptoms [aufgrund ihrer Hautfarbe] different and then they don’t go to the doctor because they can’t classify it properly “.

Malone Mukwende has published a book that addresses the issue of the lack of representation of different ethnic groups in medicine. Under the title “Mind the Gap” the author illustrates different skin conditions for different skin colors.

Your children are the most important thing for Angelina Jolie

When Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt separated in 2016, they were still trying to divorce their children amicably for love. However, a war of the roses quickly developed between the still-married people, which repeatedly ended in court. The couple did not come to an agreement, in particular with regard to custody of their children. Jolie last accused Bad Pitt of domestic violence against her eldest son Maddox and requested sole custody. A court has now ruled that the actors have joint custody of their five underage children.

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