World politics

The media’s portrayal of Africa reconsidered

“Shithole” Countries? The Media’s Portrayal of Africa Reconsidered

US President Donald Trump’s alleged remarks questioning why the US should take in immigrants from what he apparently called “shithole countries” — those comprising Africa, along with Haiti and El Salvador — have been met with indignation around the world. But perhaps it’s time to take a hard look at the role of the news media in creating and perpetuating a horribly simplistic and stereotypical portrayal of Africa.

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