Re-Socialize Yourself. Africa is a continent.

Posted on February 27, 2012

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I thought it was obvious. I really did. Africa is a continent akin to North America and Europe. It seems that in our culture we take this fact for granted. And I mean a lot.

The cast of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta recently visited South Africa. Yet each time I tune in, one of the ladies is proclaiming their presence in Africa. Africa this and Africa that. “Look at the poverty in Africa.” “I can’t believe this is Africa; there are skyscrapers.” Honestly though, how stereotypically idiotic can these ladies get. It just angered me to hear people putting a continent in a box. Does that even make any sense?

Africa is not a monolithic continent. None of them are. It’s made up of quite a few countries, 54 recognized state to be exact. It’s the second largest and second populous continent on Earth.  Yet, we like to generalize. We like to paint this peculiar picture of the great African safari, with roaring lions and decorated tribesmen that ‘civilization’ has not yet touched. What bullshit right? When you’re standing on the Eiffel Tower do you say “I’m in Europe” or “I’m in Paris”? Come on people. Give each of these countries the respect they’re due. You’re traveling to broaden your horizons to see culture not to wrap yourself in our society’s biases and cultural prejudices.

It seems backwards and uneducated to refer to Africa as if it were this huge country without any particular story besides that of the jungle and the safari. We need to stop. This is just one of the many misconceptions we have about the continent of Africa. Let’s get rid of them one at a time, please?

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