The mercator projection of Africa

The mercator projection of Africa

How Americans’ Lack of Understanding of African Geography is Undermining the Fight Against Ebola

The ebola outbreak and its importation to the United States has unleashed a wave of panic in the United States, revealing the paucity of Americans’ knowledge and understanding of Africa. I speak with Laura Seay of Colby College and the Washington Post who is one of America’s premier Africanists. She discusses how ignorance breeds discrimination and policy responses that undermine the effort to contain the ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Americans don’t know much about Africa or African geography–and that is hurting the country’s ability to stop ebola at its source.  


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