Was contributing to a topic on one of the forums i visit about the negative portrayal of Africa by the western media.
I don't know how anyone can support or justify the portrayal of Africa by the western media. Lets start with the choice of words they use, they describe our ethnic groups as "Tribes", that in itself is a derogatory term to use in describing African ethnic groups when such words are never used to describe European ethnic groups.
But i digress, if we Africans can not see the damage (and hypocrisy) in the way western media report events about Africa then it's pointless complaining when football supporters in Europe make 'monkey chants' against our footballers or westerners ask Africans if they live in trees etc.
Thinking about the whole issue, reminded me of a great song by Jimmy Cliff called 'Poor Slave'Poor Slave - Jimmy CliffPoor slave take the shackles off your bodyPoor slave pull the shackles off your mind
Please listen to me carefully and if I'm wrongThen correct meBut if I'm right mine's not the praiseNow let us see if we agreeThe definition of a slaveMeans one's not free entirelySo a slave is still a slaveIf he can't think independentlyPoor slave take the chains off your bodyPoor slave pull the chains off your mindA tree is still a treeThough it sheds it leaves when winter comesBut it blooms again in springBut if it did not bloom its roots are torn
But a slave remains a slaveWithout the knowledge of his rootsUntil he's taught the factsNot just some but all the truth…Poor slave take the shackles off your bodyPoor slave pull the shackles off your mindThere was a brother the other dayTelling me he is feeling highWell I just sadly had the timeBut drug and booze is loweringAnd if I'm asked how to get highI'll tell the truth and not a lieBut high and high a man can getWith wisdom, knowledge and understandingPoor slave ease the pressure off your bodyPoor slave put the pressure on your mindPoor slave ease the pressure off your bodyPoor slave put the pressure on your mindPoor slave take the shackles off your bodyPoor slave pull the shackles off your mindget involved by sponsoring an African child today: http://www.plan-uk.org/wherewework/westafrica/