This is just something that I can't get past.
Today I caught one question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire. And this was the question:
"What African country is 'Darfur' located in?"
The countries were:
AND THE LADY HAD NO IDEA!!!!!
I understand that some people don't know their African geography as well as the rest of us. But seriously.
Darfur...Darfur is probably the most publicized African place right now because of the heinous genocide happenings. If you don't know Darfur, then you certainly don't know Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or Freetown, Sierra Leone (for example).
So what did the contestant do? Phoned a friend. Who was her friend? Her dad. When her dad came on the phone she gave him the question and said, "I'm pretty sure it's in Northwest Africa"......um, no, not so much.
What did her dad say?
That he was 100% positive it was SOMALIA.
Totally played into the stereotype that Americans care only about what's happening here and in our very own backyards. That domestic adoption is the most respectable and obvious and sensical and international adoption is throwing the life raft to the "wrong" people.
I realize it was just a silly game show but it represents so much more to me. Africa is so much bigger to me than "that nation over there". Those countries don't run together for me the way they do some. One of those countries gave me one of the best gifts of my entire life and each of those countries holds millions of children like Tariku.
And Darfur, well the Tariku's of Darfur are being slaughtered and a woman on a game show that is ALL ABOUT TRIVIA has no idea.
Flippin' ticks me off.
And 24,000,000 cyber dollars to those of you who can name which country Darfur is in.