‘Africans for Norway’ Sends Up Well-Meaning But Clueless Western Charities

Africans are reaching out to poor, cold Norwegians through Radi-Aid, a charity effort that seeks to place radiators in the homes of Norway’s frigid families. Okay, well maybe not. It’s actually a send-up of similarly myopic Western charities that treat Africa as some kind of homogeneous mono-culture:

Via the Daily Dot:

The song and video were actually made by a Norwegian group, The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund, with African help: The music was written by Wathiq Hoosain, the lyrics by Bretton Woods and the video was produced by Ikind Productions. The point they are trying to make is how tunnel-vision Western images of Africa are.

“Imagine if every person in Africa saw the ‘Africa for Norway’ video and this was the only information they ever got about Norway. What would they think about Norway?”

Read more about the video and its creators at the Daily Dot.

, , , ,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    So what kind of parents name their kid after the post-WWII global monetary system that established US hegemony?

21
More in Africans for Norway, Charity, parodies, Radi-Aid
Highly Religious People Are Less Motivated by Compassion Than Are Non-Believers

Via ScienceDaily: "Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion...

Close