U.S. Media Portrayal of Africa – Only Highlights the Worst of Continent

Common Misconception: The entire continent of Africa is Poverty stricken and AIDS infested.

Why must we only hear about the worst of Africa including the starving children and spreading of AIDS? What about the beautiful wildlife living in the African safari or the proactive approaches people are taking to stop the spread of deadly diseases? How often is positive news about Africa broadcasted in the U.S.?

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Truth: Between 1999 and 2000 more people died of AIDS in Africa than in all the wars fought on the continent. It has been reported that each day, 6,000 Africans die from AIDS and each day, an additional 11,000 are infected.

The mission statement of UNAIDS states: “UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.”

Fortunately, UNAIDS reported a 52% decrease in new HIV infections among children. The organization also reported a combined 33% decline amongst adults and children since 2001. Although these statistics were recorded, no U.S. broadcast system publicized these facts or statistics. Why is that?

What about BBC?

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“The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcasting statutory corporation. Its main responsibility is to provide impartial public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.”

BBC, unlike most U.S. broadcasting corporations which only focus on the negative aspects of Africa, instead shed light on the nondestructive sides of the continent. It realizes that Africa is diverse and does not only consist of poverty and AIDS but is also made up of different regions which have been attempting to tackle AIDS in different ways.

Did you know…?

South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of Africa and is ranked as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank. It is considered to be a newly industrialized country with its economy being the largest and most developed in Africa.

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Fun Fact: Actress Charlize Theron was born in South Africa.                                                           charlize_theron_38-wide

Another fact about Africa that the U.S. media failed to show:

  • Uganda, which is a country located in East Africa and Senegal, which is a country located in West Africa, have been successes when it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS.

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Vietnam War

What the world believes: “The Vietnam War was the long lasting struggle between nationalist forces attempting to unify the country of Vietnam under a communist government and the United States (with the  help of the South Vietnamese) trying to prevent the spread of communism. Involved and fighting in a war that almost everyone saw as having no chance of victory, U.S. leaders quickly lost the American public’s support for the war. Today, the Vietnam War has become a standard for what not to do in all future U.S. foreign conflicts.” Although this statement may hold some truth value, is that the only reason for why we went to war?Vietnam-war-soldier

What about the rich and vast rubber plantations Vietnam was well-known for?

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Just as we went to war with Iraq supposedly just to “stop terrorism,” why then did we find out we were actually there to uncover weapons of mass destruction?

Rubber is elastic latex from the tree called Hevea braziliensis. This latex is coagulated, or turned from liquid to semi-solid form. Waterproof and elastic, this rubber material is used for all sort s of things such as sports balls, vehicle tires, and many other manufactured items. The plantation located in Vietnam was established by the Michelin Company in 1925 and at 31,000 acres, it was the largest rubber plantation in Vietnam. The plantation was located approximately halfway between the Cambodia border and Saigon. Located at this same place was an important base and performing area for the Viet Cong and later the NVA. Rubber played a big part as to why we went to war with Vietnam. The U.S. wanted their hands on Vietnam’s rubber. At the end of the day, the U.S. government and politicians do not really care about the lives of our young soldiers but what they can gain or essentially take from other countries to become a more powerful nation. The U.S. had no business going to war with Vietnam. They instead forced our soldiers into invading their country having no idea how to navigate themselves through their densely forested lands all because of the government’s greedy desire for rubber.rubber

Passion behind this blog: My father is a Vietnam Veteran. He was drafted into the war, going in one man and coming out a different man. He can never sleep at night and has trouble making peace with himself for what he was forced to do in Vietnam. Loosing friends by seeing them get blown up, stabbed or shot to death, being forced to kill women and children to defend his own life and the lives of his fellow soldiers; the Vietnam War was a war the U.S. should have had no part in. Knowing that the real reason we were there was to collect rubber really unmasks and reveals the truth about our nation at its core.

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The Truth Shall set you Free

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Ever wonder if what you are being told by the media is entirely factual, the frozen truth?

Well, truth has it that huge corporations dominate and control the U.S. media landscape each and every day. These companies exercise their control over what we see, hear, and read. In many cases, these companies are vertically integrated, having the power to control everything form the start of production to final distribution. Scary right?

Through experience and much research, I have come to realize that much of what we are displayed to by the media is falsified or fabricated in some way. Having gained this knowledge has not only frustrated me as an individual but has also inspired me to seek out the truth about what companies and countries have tried to hide. My growing passion and desire to reveal these hidden truths have led to me creating this blog.

This blog will uncover the frozen and naked truth that was never able to go mainstream throughout history as well as current affairs. Follow my blog weekly as we dive into some of the nation’s most controversial issues such as the Vietnam War and fast food industries like McDonald’s.