Africa and the Movies

When I was a child most of what I knew about Africa came from watching Tarzan movies and much of that was founded on very inaccurate and racist stereotypes. It really wasn’t until I took a series of African History courses in college that I came to realize just how little I really knew.

Even today far too many people base their knowledge of Africa on what they get from Hollywood films. I just came across a brief video produced by a group of young African men that attempts to dispel the common movie based stereotypes about today’s Africans. Unlike the Tarzan films, where Africans ran through the jungle wearing grass skirts and bones in their noses, today’s African male is often portrayed with machine gun in hand, etc.

As always, the stereotype rarely represents the truth. Check it out!

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