OK, I need to share this, this was a real eye opener.
Writing, at least for the past month+, has involved intensive research and writing on the subject of Ebola, or more specifically, Ebola in West Africa. I know more about Ebola than I ever wanted to know. It is one of those subjects that exposes everything wrong with our media.
First of all, the general tenor of the media reporting has had a distinct flavor of “those uneducated, backwards brown people.” Do any reading at all, and you’d think that the “traditional burial practices” involve rolling around with the dead person, propping them up in the corner and sitting on their lap like Santa Clause. Here are your traditional burial practices: wash the body, have a funeral to which the entire community is invited and at which family and friends are likely to touch the deceased, and bury the body.
What of this is so different than the way we bury…
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