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May 13, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Africa: How to gain a better understanding of the continent

Thanks to syndicated columnist David Brooks for ‎his insightful piece “The real Africa,” [Opinion, May 11] putting the Boko Haram kidnappings in the context of a changing continent, largely unknown in the U.S.

He attributes our stereotyped images to our predominant information sources: nature documentaries, fundraising appeals and mission trips.

To this list I would add promotions for travel in Africa. Read any of the terrific descriptions, they are all focused on animals. See the Big Five! Watch the great migration!

The only actual Africans these travelers tend to see are the drivers and the tour guides. Where are the tours focused on cities, highlighting the economic, social and political developments?

Here in Seattle, SIFF shows contemporary African films, and the Seattle Art Museum shows current African artists working in varied media. These give a much more balanced and real impression of life on the continent.

Jonis Davis, Seattle

Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Africa, Boko Haram, David Brooks

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