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«Stereotyping Africa»





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