One of the first big issues that we always have to tackle when we study Africa in the classroom is the prevalence of inaccurate western associations with the continent
This assignment throws you into the tasks of
(1) articulating western stereotypes about Africa, and (2) considering how these stereotypes have limited us and what we might do to better understand Africa’s rich, diverse history.
1: What are the stereotypes?
Work through two or more of the linked sources below. Jot down ideas as you read and watch the video if you have ever encountered any of the mentioned images of Africa.
Write up a paragraph (100+ words) referencing the sources below and potentially your textbook to explain several main misconceptions that most Americans have about Africa.
2: What are the solutions? Then in about 100 words, address what challenges these stereotypes pose for scholars of African History and the general public.
Assess one or more solution(s) offered in the linked readings. Do you think that the solution would help an American public better understand African History?
Why or why not? Again, refer to internal textbook material and the sources listed below.
Refer to authors by last name as you consider potential solutions.