But can I be honest with you about one thing? I’m not interested in showing the “beauty of African cultures” and such; you know, events with African food and people dressing up - you won’t find me there. I’m tired of this representation of Africa as these tribalistic people, you know, with colourful clothes and who like to dance — Africa has been oversimplified for far too long. And you and I both know that the continent is way too complex and way more diverse than just food, and clothes. Just last semester Raymond came to me to ask me if he could borrow a Masai warrior costume from me. I said, “My friend?”
So no, you’ll never find me at one of those events. If you want, like you said, to show how we’re all implicated in the Congo mining conflict, and how THIS [picking up his phone] implicates all of us, then I’d be more than willing to help.
Professor Robert Blunt (The best teacher in the school that I met yesterday). He comes from Virginia. Yes. This is him: http://www.lafayette.edu/about/news/2012/03/19/robert-blunt/ Haha when he said “My friend” I nearly died. Right now, he is my GUY. In one hour, he said everything I have ever thought - but never said out loud - in my entire freshman year. Everything. Life-changing conversation. Not even a joke. I was close to tears in his office. I thought about it even in my SLEEP. lol I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I’ll have to write the entire explanation maybe this summer. It was too good of a conversation to explain in a rushed blog post.