No shade on anybody, but there’s a certain level of cultural ignorance I have experienced continuously since I started living in the US. My take in this post is mainly humorous (maybe more sarcasm than anything else), but Americans (blanket statement here – be easy on me) saying stuff like this can have a really harmful effect.
Here we go…
How is Africa? Y’all this is a freakin’ dumbass question. How am I supposed to know? Have you seen the actual size of Africa? You know it’s a continent, right?
I’ve a friend who lives in Zambia… Bruh! First of all, I’m from Uganda. Second, I don’t even know everyone in my family.
You’re from Africa. What language do you speak? You wouldn’t know, honey. Also the answer is not going to be ‘I speak African.’ But if you must know, I’m speaking English now.
Are you the first to be educated in your family? #Sigh.
You have an accent. So do you babe, so do you!
How did you get here? Good Lord – I walked. Seriously, how do you think I got here? I don’t even have a passport.
How come you speak English so well? I really don’t have time for this.
Wait, you can drive? No dear. We use donkeys for travel in Africa. We also have the ‘foot-subishi’ travel model. 🤣
Have you ever seen a lion? We keep them as pets in our backyards. For real though – what kind of question is this?
You should meet my friend. He is from Mali. I think you will like each other. Wait… what? I’m outta here.
While I think every African should have the chance to travel the world, it still remains accessible to the privileged – mostly – but maybe one day it will be the norm. To wrap this up, cultural ignorance does exist everywhere but maybe more in some places than others. And my all time favorite travel quote is by Mark Twain, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
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