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June 11, 2011

It’s interesting that your host mother would emphasize the fact that people get raped, especially in Africa.  I feel like people would interpret comments like that as confirmation of all the preconceived notions of Africa being underdeveloped or uncivilized.  I wouldn’t want someone to hear that and think, “She’s right.  It is Africa, and nothing good can happen in Africa.”  On top of that, I don’t want them thinking they’re so much better off because they are in the States because her comment could be applied here too.  It’s just as true to say, “This is the United States.  People get raped here.”  Let’s not forget that.

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