Do you believe any of these things about African men?

In a world where we are saddled with technology, mass media marketing, and a global connectedness like no other time before, we are often exposed to things before we ever have a chance to form an opinion about them on our own. These images can prove powerful and enduring over time, almost impossible to shake off if we are not vigilant about questioning the basis on which they exist. This is especially true of life on the African continent and throughout the Black Diaspora since for centuries, Blackness has been insidiously and falsely characterized as uncivilized, fear-inducing, and corrupt. These pervasive notions about who people are and aren’t are incredibly powerful. I found this light-hearted critique of those media narratives to be funny yes; but it also speaks to the effort required to deeply question why these ideas exist and subsequently, what it takes to fend off monolithic stereotypes about life (and people) in Africa.


[inquire] Have you ever believed in some of the images portrayed in the video? When you think about Africa, do any of those ideas and scenes come to mind? What are examples of counter-narratives you’ve seen that are beating back the stereotypes like those in the video?


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