It’s a Fucking Continent.

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I’m going to annoy people tonight, and it’s all CNN’s fault. This week, they joined the elite dialogue among people who don’t know what Africa is. Who don’t. Know. What Africa is.  

This would have gotten me killed at age 16. My World History teacher was a former marine, a hardass, and kind of eccentric. He cultivated a number of weird habits. Including introducing new topics with a big yell and fistpump. He’d wind down his last sentence, snap the projector screen shut and yell “… SERFDOM!” or “MING DYNASTY!” or “THE ALPS!” followed by a weird and out of place “heh heh heh heh …” Like the Apls were fucked now that he was on their case.

But the most famous of these was “AFRICA!” The yelling of which became a shorthand for this guy. It became a Maddenism with him.

Did I mention he was a geography nut? And would get into high-low bets with students over whether they could remember random minutia he brought out in his lectures? And that he once put me in a full nelson at the blackboard?   My point is, not knowing about “AFRICA!”

Is unthinkable.

So when I go hang out with people tonight, and get about 2 beers deep, I’ll probably be doing this.   A lot.  

On you, CNN.

 

3 thoughts on “It’s a Fucking Continent.”

  1. The disturbing thing is that nobody cares about Africa any more. The International Affairs department at the university I attend is surprisingly weak on African foreign politics. Sure it is given attention in the International development department as a model of how not to do things and an arena of potential employment, but it is not given as much emphasis as Israel, Pakistan, China, Korea, or Japan.

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