Stereotyping Africa

Prefacetwo. Questions and AnswersAttitudeI get the impression that Africans are arrogant. Is this true? What is the general attitude or emotions of Africans?Are Africans naturally violent and criminal?I have been advised to beware the way I use the word "tribe" when relating to Africans. Why is this?AgeHow do you treat age in Africa?I hear you have age-groups in Africa?Do you have specialized homes for your old people?How do you treat your senior citizens in Africa?I hear you do not call older people by name. Is this true?ChildrenIs it true Africans love children?Why did the children in Africa call Oprah Winfrey "Mama Oprah?"What do you guys mean when you talk about a child belonging to the whole village?Do you spank children in Africa?Do children dial 9-1-1 in Africa?Are the children of Africa all starving?Do you kill twin children in Africa?ColonialismWas Africa ever colonized?What do they mean when they say Africa is being exploited?I hear all the time that Africans fought wars for European nations when they had no business being involved in these wars. What is that about?How has colonialism affected Africa?Are Africans angry at the results of colonialism?Isn't it true that there was slavery in Africa before the coming of Europeans?CommunicationI hear Africans use a lot of proverbs when they talk. Is that true?How come some Africans speak English perfectly but others do not?Do you have phones in Africa?Does "black" stand for evil in Africa too?CrimeAre there murders in Africa like we experience them here in the US?Americans hate lies; is it the same in Africa?Is it legal to own guns in Africa?DeathDo Africans cry when their person dies?How different is an African funeral?What do you do with your dead in Africa? Are they cremated?How do Africans bury people?Is suicide common in Africa?What is the life expectancy in Africa?The DiasporaDo Africans dislike African-Americans?Where from Africa did the slaves come?Do Africans hate Americans?EconomyWhat does your country of origin produce?Are there successful banks in Africa?What kind of currency do you use in Africa?Is everybody poor in Africa?Do you pay taxes in Africa?Why are Americans shown only the poor and down side of Africa?EducationAre there good schools out there (Africa)?Are girls allowed to go to school in Africa?Do you have to be rich to go to school in Africa?FamilyWhat is the size of an average African family?What are African families like—the structure I mean?Did industrialization and education have an influence on the people as it happened in post agrarian societies?Do you marry your relatives? Like cousins?Is there divorce in Africa?Do Africans marry people from other races and cultures?I have heard that Africans marry for children. Does it mean that there is no love in their marriages?Is it true that couples prefer male children to female?Is it true that marriages in Africa are arranged?Can young adults whose marital choices have been rejected by their parents elope?Is having a new baby an important event in AfricaIs it true African women have their babies at home?I hear people there still marry more than one wife.The words "brother" and "sister" seem to be generic terms used in Africa to address anyone to whom one is related. Is this true?Is there sexual discrimination in Africa?FashionI hear African women are fat?Do you talk about fashion in Africa?Do Africans wear animal skins?So you people put on shoes in Africa?GeographyWhat's the size of Africa compared to the US?Is Egypt in Africa?Is Africa what I see in "The Gods Must Be Crazy?"Habits/Cultural PracticesWhy are Africans so loud?Do you call before you visit say friends or neighbors?Are Africans hospitable?Are Africans polite?Is there racism in Africa?Do you dance out there at night around bonfires?Do you people swing from trees?Do people go around naked in Africa?Do you live with animals in your homes?Is body piercing a part of African culture?What are those marks I see on the faces of some Africans which look like scars from lacerations?Is private fishing a big pastime in Africa as it is here?HealthIs there AIDS in Africa?Did Aids begin in Africa?Do you have medication in Africa?What is malaria?What illnesses do you have in Africa?Are Africans concerned about their weight like we are here in America?Are illegal drugs common in Africa?Do you have good drinking water in Africa?Are Africans dirty and smelly?Who is an African witch-doctor?Have you ridden an elephant?HousingAre there buildings, besides huts, in Africa?Do you live in huts in Africa?Do you live with monkeys?Are there skyscrapers in Africa?JudiciaryIs there crime in Africa?What, if there are any, are the courts in Africa like?LandscapeIs Africa very hot?Does it rain all the time in Africa?Does it snow in Africa?What is the landscape of Africa like, is it all jungles?What are the different tribes in Africa?Do you have lawns in Africa?Is Africa dark as a continent?Are African bees "killer bees?"Is it true that everyone in Africa co-exists with all the animals, like lions walking down Main Street?Have you ever seen an elephant alive?LanguagesWhat language do you speak in Africa?Do you speak English in Africa?Why do Africans find it hard pronouncing some English words?What are those weird clacking sounds you people produce when speaking your language?Nutrition/Eating HabitsWhat kind of food do you eat in Africa?Do you use recipes for cooking?Do Africans eat bugs?Do all Africans drink blood from cattle when herding?Why do Africans play with their food before eating?What kind of drinks do you have in Africa?Do you eat cooked food in Africa?Do you have soda in Africa?Do all Africans eat monkeys?OccupationAre all men in Africa goatherds?What kinds of jobs are there in Africa?Since the standard of education is very low in Africa, do you need degrees to get a job?Do you have 401k in Africa?Is it true the unemployment situation in Africa is bad?Politics/GovernmentWho is your president in Africa?Are there governments in Africa?Are there kingdoms in Africa?Are there chiefs in Africa like we have in Native American communities?Are there wars in Africa?What's all the talk about Nelson Mandela? Who is he?What was "apartheid"?Are African leader's dictators?Why are there so many refugees in Africa?ReligionHave Africans the concept of God?I hear Africans believe in many gods?What religions exist in Africa?Do the different religions in Africa co-exist peacefully?How many times a day do Africans pray?When Africans move to the West, what religion or churches are they likely to become a part of?Do Africans believe in life after death?What are rites of passage in Africa?Does voodoo exist in Africa?Africa is famous for her masks. Is this a religious thing, or what are these masks about?SexualityIs homosexuality practiced in Africa?Do you have same-sex marriages in Africa?Are Africans pre-occupied with sex as one is made to believe?Do men and women get married or they can just sleep with whomever?Is incest common in Africa?SportsDo you play football in Africa?Is there any game like "Catching the monkey?" I think I got that from Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America."MusicWhat kind of music do you listen to in Africa?Are the instruments used by your orchestras the same as Western instruments?TechnologyAre there computers in Africa?Are there African cars in the market?Is it true Africa is yet to be industrialized?Do you have television stations?TransportationAre cars common in Africa?Is it true that Africans cannot afford cars?UtilitiesDo you have electricity in Africa?Do you use electricity in Africa?Do you bathe and drink from the same source?Men and WomenAre African men and women circumcised?Is it true that African men prefer women who are fair in complexion?Are there white people—men and women—in Africa?Do women use veils when getting married in Africa?Do women breast-feed children in Africa?Do African women also shield themselves from public view like Moslem women?Can women in Africa marry more than one husband?Do girls marry young in Africa?Is it true women do all the work in Africa?Can a woman work at any job she wants?Do African women shave their bodies too?three. 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