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«Stereotyping Africa»

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