1. You can be an ignorant white canadian and live in your little bubble, believe everything you hear about the news, think Africa is a country, hate Muslim people beacuse of 911, not know the definition of colonization, and never leave the country because everywhere else is poor and dangerous
2. You can be open minded, do research, learn that Africa is the largest continent and is filled with several countries, never believe the news because they only display the negatives, travel, go outside the box, consider a holiday outside of Mexico, research different religions, learn the two sides to every story and just be aware to what is different
Candian people are a mix between the two options.
I've met so many small town, small minded rednecks that think South America is the USA. I mean, come on. . . I think part of the problem can be blamed on the government and educational system. When I was in high school, we were restricted to what was offered to study. There was all levels of mechanics but never one social science for geography, anthropology, first nation studies or any sort of mind broadening course.
We all graduated knowing how to change a tire, perform a chemical titration, write an essay, interpert shakespear... but we had no idea who we were, where we came from and the world that lies outside. We knew nothing about Aborignal/First Nation people. We were ignorant. We didn't know any better. And most of us didn't care either way.
I'm the only person in my grad class who would dare step into the boarders of Africa. Why would anyone go there? It's dangerous there! Black people are dangerous! Black people are scary looking! You can't see them at night! You will get shot! They have no roads! They live in mud houses!
.... I could really go on with the things I've heard...
No one ever gave Africa a chance.
And you know what?
I LOVE Africa.
I can't speak for the entire African continent. I have only touched into South Africa. And I fell in LOVE with it!
I don't know how people can not see the beauty of the people, the language, the landscape, the ocean, the everything!
Stepping out of my comfort zone into South Africa made me question every stereotype I ever had. It made me open my eyes to realize the differnces in the world: different people, clothing, food, culture, religion, history and so much more.
Some people think that they can judge what they don't understand. If you don't try to understand it, you will never be entitled to judge it.
After visiting South Africa, I couldn't shake the travel bug. I went to Europe: Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Portugal and South Korea
They were all amazing experiences. I think anyone who has the chance to travel should take it.
Now, my major is Anthropology/ International Studies with a diploma in Social Work aimed for development
I live to explore and learn about languges, cultures, places, religions, food and so many more exciting things! It makes me happy, it makes my day!