2010-06-17

Africa A SIngle Story



I loved this. It gives me a much different perspective. It's true, we have grown up to believe Africa is one huge country, one huge monolith of poverty,jungles, war, animals, and AIDS. Why do you think that people in the Western world, in particular the US have such a view of Africa, is it the fault of the news, or National Geographic?

Why is it when we think of countries with brown people or people of color we think such negative thoughts? Is it a result of colonialism, the very thing that many point to causing the abject poverty we are exposed to?

How do we combat "single stories" in our media so that we can get more balance and perspective?