africa as a playground

Kind of always low-key irritated by the fact that third world as a term has now been so divorced from it’s original political context and basically been used by the west as a ranking/income system when it originated in the cold war as a way of describing postcolonial countries who refused to align themselves with the capitalist first world and the communist second world by being a third way out aka the anti imperialist non-alignment movement

The African continent endured unspeakable brutality under European colonial rule.

Millions of people were enslaved, tortured or killed under violent systems of European law enforcement.

Throughout this era, Western media put forth a specific vision of the colonial relationship: Whites were heroes, saviors or adventurers in a wild and savage land.

Blacks were primitive, sub-human, incompetent or — in some cases — completely invisible to the white gaze, and therefore unimportant to white interests.

The image of Africa as a frontier playground is on full display in Taylor Swift’s new video. Not a single black African person is present.

We see a land rich with wildlife but devoid of humans — a trope that reinforces notions of Africa as feral and exotic.

All of this serves to obscure the lives of actual African people, past and present — whether intentionally or by omission.

When a pop culture product reaches as many people as a Taylor Swift video does — this matters.

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The beautiful game: Soccer around the globe

Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and Rooney may get the headlines. But soccer isn’t just about the global megastars who will face off at the 20th World Cup, which kicks off Thursday in Brazil, the sport’s spiritual home.

It’s also about the hundreds of millions of ordinary people around the world who play, often equipped with little more than a makeshift ball and a passion for the game.

From the townships of South Africa to the playgrounds of Bristol to the favelas of Rio, perhaps nothing brings people together like soccer. So as you get set for the festival of futebol that will entrance the world for the next month, enjoy these stunning shots of the Beautiful Game in its simplest and most authentic form.

SLIDESHOW: http://on.msnbc.com/1knaHDE

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A.d.d is an evolutionary survival trait not a disease.  15:00

Even Tom Harman here is wrong about A.D.D. Farming is good for them too. Exiting, hands on education is good for everyone.  People with A.D.D just can’t put up with the prison like life system in our society as other people.