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Lance Gross received an Instagram tongue lashing after posting photos of his trip to “Africa”. Below is just one of the photos and caption he used:

“One of my captures during my visit to Africa”

When I first saw the photo, I immediately asked myself exactly where in Africa is Lance Gross? Needless to say, I wasn’t the only person to wonder.

After searching and scrolling though all 6 of Lance’s “Africa” photos, I finally figured out he was in Malabo the capital of Equatorial Guinea. But I also figured out that people are rude.

Is it quite possible that Lance just didn’t feel like writing where in Africa he was visiting? Unfortunately, what started out with Lance sharing photos of his trip, turned into people being assholes and upset that he wasn’t clarifying which country he was in.  The harshest criticism seemed to come from people from various countries in Africa.

kekekelechi You say Africa like its a country. Pls be specific which country in Africa this picture was taken. Africa is not a country it is a continent and there are many countries there.

temiari Its so funny when people get defensive when they were wrong in the first place…lol and I’m pretty sure its ok to ask “where in Africa” out of curiosity. Like chill

nasirahs_virgin_hair people feel like when others visit Europe or Asia their specific on the country. Thats why. Alot of people still believe that its a country not a continent. But its a beautiful picture indeed

yayabrawercombs@troysumpter it would be like me posting a picture and saying “while I was in a state” uhm… OBVIOUSLY people would want to know which damn state I was in… Lol!! While in Africa just isn’t good enough for most people… I would want to know if he was in my country Uganda… Most people aren’t on Instagram to just stare at pictures… Most people are on Instagram to get a look into other people’s lives, and get to know them. So it’s really not just a matter of liking it or moving on… Just some of my thoughts…elesi_a It matter because it isn’t merely a ‘part’ it’s actually a country. A country with a different culture and native tongue…

Ok, I get it.  I’m sure Lance got it.  It’s understandable for people to want to know what part of Africa a person is visiting, but being a jerk about it via social media isn’t always the best way to go about things.  I’m sure Lance won’t be the last person to say they’re in “Africa”, and I’m quite sure someone will quickly rise to the occasion to correct their ignorance.

  • shona

    What’s wrong with saying Africa?
    I see people posts pictures saying “My vacation in Europe” -without always naming the specific country. There are also pictures of foreign students talking about their trips to “the US”

    smh.

  • Lisss

    I have to say that i agree with the “jerk”. Im sure Lance didnt mean to offend but i am sick of hearing people talk about Africa as if it was one country. Like one of the commentators said, people are always specific when they visit other continents, why not Africa?

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    Social media opens the door for people like this. If you have a social media profile and is a famous individual or not you open yourself up for people wanting to question everything you do. Sometimes it just makes no sense.

  • Girl CJ

    I do find it very annoying when people clearly refer to the continent of Africa as a country, but it isn’t incorrect or wrong to say that you visited Africa, just like it isn’t incorrect or wrong to say “I’m going to study in South America (or Europe, or America). People say that very often. Yes, it does leave people wondering which part or what country, but how different is it from when people say “You Americans…”? No need to be rude…

  • vintage3000

    Exactly. My neighbor just came back from her European trip. She didn’t specify which country, just that she was going to Europe and no one got defensive about that.

    And I’ve seen this type of over-reaction from Africans before online. If Lance posted he was in Nigeria, best believe there would be Nigerians quizzing him on the tribes in that country. Get over yourselves.

  • BriA

    Why in the hell would he want to state where in Africa he was at? So people could try to stalk/find him???? noooo damn have a seat

  • Maua

    Generally, when people say they are going to “Europe”, they are visiting more than one European country. When they say they are going to “Africa”, they are visiting single country but do not care to distinguish between it any the many others.

    Also, @vintage3000 what a foolish assumption about Nigerians! Why would they quiz Lance about “tribes?” They’d more likely suggest a few good night spots/ beaches. Also, nobody says “tribe” any more.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Who is Lance Gross?

    That is one of my pet peeves, people who say Africa instead of being more specific. I can guarantee if someone was posting a picture in France they wouldn’t say, “Europe.”

  • http://gravatar.com/jadenoellesblog JN

    I don’t think people who are not directly from Africa will get it.

  • Nubian Princess

    Have any of you stopped to think maybe he visited various countries in Africa is this is one of the many pictures?!?! My Goodness! It’s not that serious!

  • Dawniece

    I don’t see what the big deal is. I’m sure he is intelligent enough to know that Africa is a continent. Has anyone ever thought about maybe he did not want to post what country he was in? People share so much information on social media and have nerve to get mad when someone doesn’t share every detail. Get over it, people are too dam sensitive!

  • london via congo

    As a person born and raised in the democratic republic of Congo,(south central Africa), I understand the frustration many people from the motherland feel. It all comes down to the common ignorance by many outsiders who simply paint Africa as a homogeneous country. Even within the same African country there are ton of different ethnic and cultural groups. we are fiercely proud of our national identities and just want others to acknowledge them, the same way they acknowledge the cultural identities of France, China, Australia etc. we can’t we be recognised for our different histories, cultural practices, lanuages, cuisines etc why do we have to be simplified and our identities reduced to some romanticised view of “Africa”, by a bunch of foreigners who want to experience the “exotic motherland” depicted in films and oxfam commercials?
    In short refering to anfrican country is as many of us feel, like somebody reducing ones identity to just their race, there is much more.

  • ??

    Who cares! Stop following people on social media.

  • Jalesa Montez

    You cared enough to leave a comment…

  • Jen

    When I’ve traveled abroad, I always met people who wanted to know more about “American culture”, or to share memories from their past trip to the U.S. Even though they might have visited a totally different part of the U.S. from anywhere I’ve ever been. How much of a brat would I be to say “Um EXCUSE me, you need to specify the state at ALL TIMES!” People need to calm down and quit being overly defensive.

  • vintage3000

    Since Lance obviously has a genuine interest in the continent, it’s silly to even imply he is of the same mindset as those people you mentioned. He never once referred to ALL of Africa as one country and culture.

    Again, get over yourselves.

  • ruggie

    But he WAS in Africa. I’m in North America, BTW.

  • http://ladyngo.blogspot.com Lady Ngo

    Maybe its the African in me but I don’t see how they are being jerks. I know it pisses me off to no end when people say something about “Africa” as opposed to the country (or city or where ever) they are actually talking about. While i’d like to give the benefit of the doubt that Lance Gross is well aware of the fact that Africa is a continent, i truly can’t. Not after I told a college-educated person that I was Nigerian and they turned and asked me where in South Africa that was. (-_-)

    And idk who some of ya’ll hang out with but the ONLY time i hear someone say they went to Europe is when they went to multiple countries, or they went to a smaller country that they couldn’t be bothered to share or think of the name of. Same as it is when people reference Africa. Its just disrespectful. No one is going on vacation to NYC and saying they went to North America. Just like no one is going to London or Paris and saying they went to Europe. GTFOH.

  • lea

    exactly , like saying beautiful scenery in north america, which one US or canada, which state territory. beautiful beach chillin on the sands of the west indies, oh really what island. i’m sorry but this article is insensitive and ignorant. you can’t excuse ignorance of people thinking africa is a country and then turn it around on saying people are rude when they correct them

  • lea

    yes because romania, italy and spain are all the same because after all europe is a country.

  • Dawniece

    I don’t see where he referred to Africa as a country. Is this an assumption because he said Africa without specifying where in Africa, we can’t assume that he doesn’t know. Then we are assuming he’s an idiot because, we learn the continents in grade school

  • Dawniece

    I still don’t get all the anger and cries of disrespect. How do we know that this man did not visit multiple countries? Furthermore, why is it being assumed that this man is so ignorant that he is not aware that Africa is a continent..

  • WhatIThink

    LOL! He posts photos with no info because we all know the global system benefits from keeping people in the dark about what goes on in Africa (and everywhere else really).

    From this photo I can tell you this guy is some kind of agricultural worker (peasant/slave worker) like most Africans, walking to work on with his machete, the ubiquitous tool found among most African peasants. He probably is working at one of the palm oil plantations or some other sort of agricultural operation.

  • Somebody

    US is a country though, proving the commenters’ point. Nobody says “I’m in North America,” it’s I’m in US, Canada, Mexico…

  • Dawniece

    Maybe he visited multiple countries? People are really making a stretch with all of the assumptions, people have a right to their privacy. He nor anyone else has to tell ALL of their business to the public. If he was in Los Angeles, people would want to know what part, because L. A has lots of communities. The public is never satisfied

  • http://gravatar.com/gegesonje gegesonje

    I actually don’t find it at all strange for someone to say,”Oh, I’d like to study abroad in the South America” or “I can’t wait for my trip to Europe.” His conscious and intentional decision not to disclose his latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates is his prerogative Now, it’s natural to inquire for specificity because we may have a genuine interest in his travel (read nosey), but it’s not a “right”.

  • http://twitter.com/cbmts cbmts (@cbmts)

    the issue here is that whenever we mention africa all that people think about are the bad stuff. that’s because if something bad is happening in the congo, instead of calling it such, they’d use africa instead of saying congo. this is how the media in the west has managed to tarnish the image of africa. this would be me taking a picture of my 10,000 home in detroit and posting a picture with a caption saying my neighborhood in north america. i’m sure everyone here would have something to say about such a picture.

  • The Other Jess

    oh boy….anything for controversy. He WAS in AFRICA, he doesn’t have to necessarily point out every single country that he visited, in full location detail on Instagram. I know i’ve sent family and friends updates that were just like “South America! eat your heart out!” or something like that. I didn’t necessarily say “this is Brazil, and now I’m in Argentina, and now…etc, etc.” Geesh people, relax.

  • The Other Jess

    yes, but i think he did exactly that – went to multiple countries in Africa.

  • The Other Jess

    I agree. And I might add that a lot of people, in several countries in Africa that I visited were actually surprised that there were Black people in America – they considered all Americans to be white people. And we won’t even get into how many had absolutely no idea about Latinos or Asian Americans, and definitely not Native Americans, the original people of the Americas. So ignorance cuts both ways.

  • RJ

    Hyper criticism is a symptom of depression. I think some of us (talking about the people who “attacked” Lance Gross, not the people in the comments section) need to either step away from the social media for a while or address the real problem.

    It is a more than a little petty to come after someone for not disclosing the exact location of their visit. Africa should suffice.

  • pinky

    You’re comparing apples to oranges here. Africa is not a country the US is…

  • Beautiful Mic

    Africa is not a country, but IT IS a continent. Whether you’re in Equatorial Guinea, or Nigeria, or Ethiopia…YOU’RE IN AFRICA – the continent.

  • Beautiful Mic

    Europe is a continent. It’s a geographical location.

  • vintage3000

    Ya’ll are acting like Lance did a Rick Ross, talking about the beautiful country of Africa. Locate where Lance referred to Africa as a country, and get back to us.

  • Pseudonym

    1. He was in Africa, though.
    2. With his money and fame status, he probably could afford to actually visit AFRICA (i.e. multiple countries on the continent)

  • Rose

    LOL, probably a bunch of butthurt africans griping again. They need to chill.

  • Jen

    THANK YOU! People just want to be angry about something and have latched on to this.

  • Jen

    Show me where dude posted, “I’m in Africa, the country.” Except…he didn’t. And that is where people are overreacting.

    I’m talking about a large space subdivided into smaller spaces and how people choose to colloquially refer to those spaces. If I’ve never been to the U.S. and visit Texas, maybe I’m more excited about visiting the U.S. in general and that is what I choose to post about. When I spent time in Argentina and told people back home that I was in South America, no one vilified me for doing so. No one even commented on it. Fact is, I WAS in South America. This guy was in Africa.

    Y’all wanna be upset this guy telling the truth, go for it. Me, I’ll save my stress for something that matters.

  • Beautiful Mic

    The real issue is that when they show images of rural poverty and militarization in Africa uppity, so called, progressive Africans don’t want to be associated with it. Therefore, they want people to be specific about the people, region, class and circumstances being portrayed so it the poor, unfortunate, or ‘bush’ label/perception isn’t perpetuated onto those who want nothing to do with it.

    Let’s not forget, there is classism in Africa, too.

    Most of Equatorial Guinea is poor, and it’s been that way since the mid-1900s, since the independence from Spain. Only a 1-3% government affiliated, bloodline related, few have access to the wealth. Slowly, however, the education system and certain industries are evolving and people are getting degrees. However, the dictatorship is still one of the most oppressive on the continent. To put things into perspective, the literacy rate and human capital development was ranked among the highest in Africa right before 1968. However, since the new and current regime has been in place there has been little invested in the social/human capital development of the country’s citizen’s.

    So, yeah, individuals from more globally competitive countries such as Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa or Nigeria would want to make it clear to the western world that “That’s NOT MY country; that’s not MY Africa.”

  • Rebekah

    You’d be annoyed by this as well if your continent was constantly being stereotyped and generalized and treated as if it’s one country instead of 55 countries and hundreds of incredibly diverse cultures. People referring to their visits to a SPECIFIC country in Africa as a visit to “Africa” plays a big part in perpetuating peoples’ ignorance. Obviously, rudeness is not helpful, but don’t discount the reasons that people are perturbed in the first place. You’d never see someone refer to a trip to France as a trip to “Europe” with no specificity. African countries deserve the same recognition. Not many people from the US, say, ever visit an African country, so I think the people who do have a responsibility to educate their peers, not allow their peers to continue thinking that all of Africa is the same! :)

  • http://gravatar.com/bekahinkenya Rebekah

    The US is a single country. Africa includes 55 countries and is far bigger than the US. There’s a major difference…

  • http://dailylifeandliving.blogspot.com Amor

    You have a really good point. The negativity associated with Africa is what made people react because they are afraid that people will continue to generalize the entire Africa through such one-sided images.

  • Kiki

    In addition, Someone had to put him down for posting children half clothed, and another put him down for taking photos of people in poverty. I really think that people should shut the hell up on other people’s posts if they have nothing nice or supportive to say. I noticed that no one bothered to ask why he was in a poverty stricken area. He was VOLUNTEERING his time to make a brighter day or week for some of those children. I also noticed that no one asked how his accommodations were. Go ahead and ask him, if you can take time away from bashing him. I know what that trip was like since a friend of mine was with his group of celebs and athletes donating their time. It is obviously people from that continent who have some deep issues and found it necessary to challenge and babble on and on. Most of us here are simply enjoying his art and abilities with the camera. Stay on your own damn Instagram account. I am so over jealous and mean people on social media. So, so many haters. Deal with your own issues yourself. Get a damned therapist.

  • Kiki

    Since my comments did not show up on this blog, I will repeat myself. No one bothered to ask him what he was doing in AFRICA, and why his photos were of children half clothed and in poverty. He was there VOLUNTEERING. No one bothered to ask him how his accommodations were. Before you go off on people’s instagram photos, ask some questions. So much rage,& anger. the people who have an issue with it need to deal with it themselves and not project the anger and judgement onto others.

  • http://twitter.com/cbmts cbmts (@cbmts)

    stalk/find him? really? this isn’t detroit you know?

  • http://twitter.com/cbmts cbmts (@cbmts)

    the worst part is when they’re bragging about doing some great work in africa, when in reality they may have done “work” in some rural community but they claim credit for work on the entire continent.

  • Ads

    Super thoughtful and educational post – not sure why it’s voted down. Especially since i went to college with a lot of ‘princesses’ and children of ‘the last king of scotland’

  • Ads

    But he was in a “smaller country” – he wasn’t in a nigeria/south africa/ kenya, etc. he was in equatorial guinea , and speaking to an american audience. If you visited brunei, and told americans, they’d be like huhhhh??? So you say i was in asia. Do you tell americans i was in suriname? Or south america?

  • Ads

    I feel your point. But there is a dinstinction. France/ china does not equal equatorial guinea. My sis’ bfbis croatian – when they go to croatia, they put on fb “europe” cuz most americans who dont read foreign policy will have no idea where it is. South africa, nigeria, those are your china/ france counterparts…

  • http://gravatar.com/fullamusub Moose.

    A trip to the US is a trip to a country, not to an entire continent 3x the size of the U.S.

  • binks

    I think some people need to build a bridge and get over it; it is not that serious as mention just because he didn’t run down his entire itinerary online doesn’t mean he is implying anything bad or that he is dumb…geez. Don’t get me wrong, I do get where the criticism is coming from because some people do think Africa is a country and not a continent or still don’t know about the various cultures, nations and countries written all over Africa but I don’t think this is the case. Honestly, a much to-do about nothing…shrugs

  • http://twitter.com/cbmts cbmts (@cbmts)

    have you been to “africa” and do you think people actually dress like that in “africa”? why do you automatically associate that picture with poverty? i know why because that’s the image that conjures up when you hear of africa, isn’t it? this is the biased reporting that annoys africans everywhere. do you see the guy in the background in white shirt? does it put things in context for you? this was a staged photograph, like what you’d do on halloween.

  • http://twitter.com/cbmts cbmts (@cbmts)

    if i go to northern ireland and take a picture of some shot up building with a caption “my visit to europe”, technically i’d be correct but it’d be in accurate portrayal of europe and everyone will recognize it as such and call it out. however, when it comes to africa, we are not willing to make that distinction and that’s what it’s wrong. thus, whenever someone mentions africa, the image that conjures up is war and poverty because that’s what’s been fed to you.

  • http://twitter.com/cbmts cbmts (@cbmts)

    “The real issue is that when they show images of rural poverty and militarization in Africa uppity, so called, progressive Africans don’t want to be associated with it. Therefore, they want people to be specific about the people, region, class and circumstances being portrayed so it the poor, unfortunate, or ‘bush’ label/perception isn’t perpetuated onto those who want nothing to do with it.”

    actually, you’re not likely to find real poverty in rural part of an african country. the vast majority of people in african countries live in rural communities where agriculture is at the center of their lives. they grow their own food and livestock so when the western media is selling you on africans living on a “dollar a day”, to us in our western market, that’s poverty but to them $1/day may be plenty of money. for someone living in urban regions in any part of africa, that may be a whole different story. this is why it’s important to make that distinction because the dynamic is so complex that you can’t even begin to comprehend unless you’ve been there and live it. portraying africa as if it’s some homogenous group is simply not doing it justice and not doing anyone a favor even if your intentions are good.

    “Let’s not forget, there is classism in Africa, too.”

    and there’s classism in North america too and pretty much everywhere on earth where humans occupy, so what’s your point exactly and how is this relevant? are you referring to the cast system in places like india? if so, no there’s no such thing in any part of africa that i’m aware of. if you’re talking about how people everywhere like to separate themselves into groups, then i’m with you on that but i don’t see how it’s relevant to this discussion.

    “Most of Equatorial Guinea is poor, and it’s been that way since the mid-1900s, since the independence from Spain. Only a 1-3% government affiliated, bloodline related, few have access to the wealth. Slowly, however, the education system and certain industries are evolving and people are getting degrees. However, the dictatorship is still one of the most oppressive on the continent. To put things into perspective, the literacy rate and human capital development was ranked among the highest in Africa right before 1968. However, since the new and current regime has been in place there has been little invested in the social/human capital development of the country’s citizen’s.”

    So you’re saying that Guinea would be better off with Spain in charge? is that your point? look at the struggle of black america. would you say blacks in america would be better off with whites in control of their lives? think about it, we won’t have any of the problems that’s plaguing us today: no mass incaceration, our communities wouldn’t become like war zones, and all that good stuff. let’s go back to that, that’d be great. what say you?

    it really shouldn’t be hard for you to understand the struggles that many african countries are going through if you consider how their colonized masters divided up the continent among themselves with no regard for the people within it. there were standard procedures for dealing with insurrections so you can bet your sweet ass that things were great then – depending on how you look at things from your rose colored glasses. American government did the same in the Philippines and they were not even colonizers. Post independence comes power struggles. people who have strong connection to former colonial powers were likely to be the one in control after independence and that’s what you see today. it hasn’t really been that long, has it? what do you really expect in such a short time?

  • UgoBabeeeee

    And if that is so….that is more the reason to ask WHERE IN AFRICA???!!! if he visited more than one african country- not all are the same, where did you visit, i would like to know….but no, he depicts africa as one big country and that is why i for one am beefing….i also have a huge pet peeve when people sweep Africa as one country when it is a continent….you making your comment tells me off the bat that you fall into the category of those who recognize africa as a country…”.beware of the danger of the single story” chimamnada adichie- africa is complex and not a homogenous place…it is a continent- acknowledge that!

  • UgoBabeeee

    yah,…sure right, with this point he is sooo concerned with his safety that despite sharing everything else….he leaves out the COUNTRY he is in because he is concerned about his safety…whatever…

  • UgoBabeeee

    Because there is no single story…i would like to be enlightened as to where he is…what is the story behind the children dressed the way they are dressed? are they doing a cultural presentation? what is going on? where dthey represent? tht is partially why i ask- where in africa is he? if you see this setting in ghana it doesnt mean that you will see the same setting in namibia…or benin…or tanzania…..

  • http://gravatar.com/keimia Kam

    It’s not even just people from the motherland, I’m not from there and I ask the question too. I see it all the time, people visit one country and say “Africa”. It’s American’s ignorance on the many cultures and nations that make up a damn huge continent and Black Americans don’t escape it either. Ya’ll really telling people to stop being so sensitve and “get over it”? Sounds like the comments I hear from a certain group every Black History Month.

  • ??

    I cared enough to let people know how stupid this is!

  • UgoBabeeee

    CBMTS…..awesome response, very thorough…..

  • http://gravatar.com/keimia Kam

    “Get over it”,
    “People are just too sensitive”,
    “Some people just like to complain”,
    “Lighten up!”
    “It’s not that serious!”

    As a Black person in the United States, it’s frustrating to hear these comments from White people in response to legitimate discussions of racism against Black people. It is equally frustrating to see Black Americans say these to fellow Africans.

    Lance Gross’ labeling of these pictures as “African” might seem insignificant but there are those of us who know these things do not operate in a vaccum. To often Africa, a continent large enough to fit almost every country in the world within it, is discussed as if it were one singular place. A place with war, poverty, bloated stomachs, flies and lions. A place where people hack each other for no reason and where rebels rule instead of legitimate governments. This is what we mean when we say people think of Africa as a “country”. This image is incredibly prevalent in the minds of Americans due to the fact that rarely is a nuanced view of Africa is ever given. In their minds Africa is one place, usually of unchecked negativity.

    Africans from these countries know different. Africa is the most culturally, genetically and linguistically diverse place on earth. Not even within the same country could there ever be a singular story. They know the images and videos on T.V. paint a warped picture of their countries and many times an incredibly inaccurate one. Why should a Zulu and an Acholi be forced to identify with the same experience simply because they share the same continent and skin color? Or a Tuareg and a San?

    Black Americans if you don’t want “Africa” to be stereotyped as an undistinguished horde of Black bodies, then be an ALLY and LISTEN when people from African countries have complaints about this, even when things seem small. They are not saying these things because they are thin-skinned, but because images and views like these have a real effect on their lives. Listen, the way you would like others to listen to you. Recognize that you might not have been given an accurate enough picture of the African continent to realize why this characterization might be upsetting to people and work to correct it.

    I will ALWAYS ask the question “Which country?”

  • AP

    How the hell is that being “uppity”? You’re basically saying that people from all across the (second biggest) continent *should* be lumped together.

    Would you expect a black American or Mexican-American to sit back and explain/take responsibility for murder rates in Jamaica or Honduras? Are you kidding me?

    One troubling thing I find over and over is that a lot of black Americans feel that they can spout incredibly ignorant sh_t to Africans of all backgrounds, but they should NOT be called on it because… I’m a “brother/sister”, don’t correct me if I’m misinformed, how dare you?

  • AP

    Thank you. The sentiment is so wildly hypocritical it’s not even funny. It’s nauseating.

  • Kiki

    I was responding to another person associating that photo with poverty. I know that the children were putting on a show when they dressed like that.

  • Kiki

    Ok, So I have an idea. How about going back and checking out his instagram photos from last year. You will find the same photos with the names of the countries that he visited……How’s that?

  • http://gravatar.com/keimia Kam

    I think that’s great.

  • ceecee

    Thank you so much for this comment. I’m sure Lance’s IG caption was visceral but I also hope he doesn’t take offense and regards this as a teaching moment.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Hmm…I agree with this and apology for my insensitive comment earlier. You are right just because I don’t understand the quirk or outrage doesn’t mean it shouldn’t matter to those that do understand it in the grand scheme of things. But I still believe that when most outsiders reference “Africa” of wanting to visit or travel throughout the various countries or even a particular country doesn’t mean anything negative or bad. Sure there are those small minded people who think of every stereotype in the book about this continent and the various people within in its scope but I don’t’ think this was the case here. I agree that this should be a teachable moment for all of us and not necessarily a criticism moment. I think this all goes back to people wanting to know that they and their culture/identity matter like it should.

  • Kiki

    You show me where LG bragged about doing work there. He never said anything about that! I did, because I know people who were with him.

  • Georgia

    I may be late to this circular conversation but two thoughts came to mind:

    1. Why isn’t anyone creeped out that he referred to the photograph of the children as “one of my captures?” If anything, that language smacks of a neo-colonialist viewpoint vis-a-vis his subjects. Photography always employed those kinds of metaphors to hunting (eg. snapshot).

    2. Maybe the man didn’t remember where he made the picture. Put me on the border of the U.S. and Canada with a camera and if I make a bunch of similar photos I may be hard pressed to distinguish a bunch of children in Saskatchewan from another bunch in Minnesota. Being vague is not the same as being ignorant.

  • http://gravatar.com/keimia Kam

    Thank you for your reconsideration. It trully is appreciated.

  • Ms. Write

    This status x 1000!

  • Ms. Write

    What is sad is that when you can’t take criticism well you see it as an attack, which then automatically shuts someone down from having an open dialouge. I don’t read anything (or at least in the comments shown in this article) that “attacked” Lance. Being the child of a Nigerian immigrant, I can’t tell you the number of times growing up I got asked, “Do you speak ‘African?’ ” It is because of this that we must continue to ask people to specify the country.

  • Mimi

    As another Congolese born I second everything you said! I’m no gonna write anything in Lingala because eh you might speak it, since there are more than 250 languages in that huge country. Has anyone ever asked you if you speak Congolese/nese? lol

  • James’ Wife

    Really, Georgina, really???? You are really reaching here with the “capture” convo….

  • http://travelxena.com travelxenaXena

    I’m more fascinated by the people that think that Morocco is in the middle east.

  • MacMama

    Beautiful Mic, you said it all! Classism is what this uproar is all about, because more often than not, the “Africans” who came to America, who were not in chains, are the elite of their respective countries; or illegal immigrants with dreams of financial fortune in the “promised land” of America, who look down on their brethren who are descended from American slavery.

  • MacMama

    Kiki–PREACH!!!!!!

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