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«Stereotyping Africa»

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