Yvette Carnell: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton Is Boogying to the Beat in S. Africa, I Guess
by Yvette Canell
Too often, official visits of U.S. government emissaries to Africa end up looking like this:
And, at least in this instance, it’s impossible to solely blame Sec. of State Clinton, because she’s not the one snapping photos and zipping them back to her U.S. bureau chief. This is the continent of Africa seen through the prism of white media, and it’s always the same; black indigenous people teaching stuffed Western shirts how boogy to the beat. *sigh*
In an article entitled, 9 Signs the Journalism You’ve Just Encountered is Trash, Imran Garda laments:
If a political report devotes a substantial chunk of attention to tribal dancing, and “vibrant African music” — beware. You wouldn’t sample the nightclubs and “vibrant American music” in Adams Morgan when doing a piece on Democrats and Republicans arguing over the U.S. budget. Just like the sky is the sky in Africa and not the African sky, music is music in Africa and not African music. And if music wasn’t vibrant, well then it’s probably not music.
But alas, here we go again. I haven’t heard much from most mainstream media outlets on what Sec. of State Clinton is actually doing in Africa, only a blurb here and there, but I know those Negroes over there can cut a rug, right?
Now check out Hillary:
These videos are awkward, and hard to watch for all sorts of reasons, but saddest for me is knowing that, somewhere in America, there’s a group of black women cackling with laughter as they yell, “Go, Hillary Go! Get ‘em girl!”
The coverage of African countries is, as always, monolithic and childlike. All this video needs are flies landing on the face of some emaciated and starving child , and the narrative would be complete. Because that’s all Africans do right? Dance, kill each other, and starve? No one’s starving in Latvia, I assume? And the folks over in Kosovo never dance? Yeah. Whatever.
It all just makes you wonder when Africans will be seen as full bodied and complex people, as opposed to caricatures. Maybe when those women stop cackling, and when the women in the video stop egging on Hillary to cut a rug. That’d certainly be a beginning. We’ll see.
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