The real story is that ‘developing’ nations have done remarkably better at fighting COVID-19 than the rich and white. The real story starts precisely where the western map ends. Here be dragons. We be dragons.
The real story is that places like Vietnam and Mongolia have completely kicked COVID-19’s ass. The real story is that places like Rwanda and Ghana have innovated and survived. There are countless stories like this — from Sri Lanka to Trinidad & Tobago, but you wouldn’t know because we’re not rich or white. But you should know. Because we’re right. This information could save your life.
(But please keep posting about a vaccine, eating like normal, and relying on your institutions to save you. It'll all work out for you I'm sure.)
...the West seems largely blind to Africa’s successes. In recent weeks, headline writers seem to be doing their hardest to try to reconcile Western stereotypes about Africa with the reality of the low death rates on the continent.
It’s almost as if they are disappointed that Africans aren’t dying en masse and countries are not collapsing.
@woozle Check the publication dates on the respective articles: the Washington Post article came out 12 days after the other.
It seems unlikely that Attiah wasn't influenced by Samarajiva's work, given how popular it's become, and I'm critical of the lack of credit given.
@emsenn Here's an academic highlighting that essay: https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2020/09/28/dont-read-this-essay/
Admittedly, PZ isn't your average academic.
@woozle thankfully this is doing what i think folk should: just directing folk to the actual words of the person, maybe with some choice selections that you enjoyed. :D no watering down here!
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