Some stereotypes about black Africa that I get from living in America:
Africa is a country: Africa is divided into dozens of countries, but those are just lines on a map: there is no important difference between most of them. Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone, for example, are pretty much all the same. They have no history worth learning and understanding.
People: They all look alike: dark brown skin, flat noses, big lips and woolly hair. The women are fat, but that is how their men like them.
Culture: They wear colourful clothes – or almost nothing at all – and love to play the drums and dance. They live in jungle clearings in little round huts. They eat monkeys.
Language: They speak in some mumbo-jumbo that is not even a proper language, the most important word of which is “bwana”. Some can speak in broken English.
Lack of civilization: Africa was a dark continent full of naked savages. They put bones through their noses and cooked people in big pots. Whites brought civilization, but unfortunately it has been falling to pieces ever since they left in the 1960s. Ancient Egypt does not count as an African civilization because Egypt is not truly African.
Lack of intelligence: tests show that black Africans have an average IQ of 70, which, sadly, proves they are not terribly bright – as we suspected all along. So Africa will forever be screwed up unless outsiders step in to run things properly.
Black Savage Rule: Mugabe proves they are incapable of self-rule. Rulers are cruel and on the take. Rape and murder are out of control. Gone are the good old days of:
Colonialism: the left’s name for white rule. Yes, there were some “excesses”, but whites more than made up for it by bringing civilization and good government.
Neocolonialism: imagined by the left: whites have had little power in Africa since the 1960s.
Bono, NGOs and Nice White Ladies: white people who try to help Africa in spite of itself.
War: ever-present wherever you go, fought by heartless 12-year-old boys with machine guns.
Genocide: a common practice.
The slave trade: carried on by blacks and Arabs for thousands of years, long before whites showed up. They are still at it!
Cities: vast, violent shantytowns. At the centre: a few government buildings and maybe two high-rise hotels that are falling apart. There is one dirty, ill-equipped public hospital filled to overflowing. There is not even regular bus service, much less universities and libraries.
Disease: half are dying from Aids – proof they lack any kind of morals. Millions die of malaria, also incurable.
Religion: some follow a half-understood Christianity; a few follow Islam, most follow superstition.
Children: unwashed, half-naked, skin and bones for want of food. They sit listlessly on the ground with flies landing on their faces.
Wild animals: the only noble and truly interesting thing in Africa.