Deborah Menkart10 months ago
I generally enjoy receiving The Daily Good, but today I was dismayed to read “If the Technology Works in Africa, It Will Work Anywhere.” It implies that Africa is so un-developed and backward that it is a miracle if anything sophisticated works. It reflects and perpetuates the negative and erroneous stereotypes of Africa that have been intentionally promoted for centuries to justify enslavement, genocide, colonization, and now globalization. The myths are perpetuated in schools today and the mainstream media. Children do not learn about the scholarship and science that originated in Africa, they do not learn about the geographic diversity, the fact that is not a country, the cities, the abundance of food, the literature, the Nobel Prize winners, the scientists, the teachers…. Instead they just learn about wild animals, starvation, "savages," and get the impression that Africa is a country. Here is an article about how these myths are introduced to young children and the damage they cause: http://www.tolerance.org/magazine/number-34-fall-2008/feature/i-didnt-know-there-were-cities-africa The article provides useful insights for schools and the media when writing about African countries.