An Afrocentric Reading

This video of a Miss Teen USA pageant contestant is all over the Internet but most of the attention has focused on Miss South Carolina’s weird and stupid response to the question of why she thinks a fifth of Americans can’t locate the US on a map and how she believes it’s because “some people out there in our nation don’t have maps.” That’s funny enough, and watching this nervous, but idiotic young white American stumble with and yet validate the question (apparently she’s one of the 20% of Americans who can’t identify the US on a map!), it’s even more hilarious how she somehow implicates South Africa (and Iraq and Asian countries) in her attempt to answer the question.

“Some people out there in our nation don’t have maps and because our education like such as in South Africa and the Iraq everywhere like such as…Our education over here in the US should help the US, or South Africa or should help Iraq and the Asian countries…”

The Iraq?

Apparently, our education over here has failed this young woman, but isn’t fascinating how she truly believes, with all 26 of her brain cells, that she is somehow in the capacity to help those she believes are less fortunate. This is how American nationalism and hegemony works; she can’t even identify the US on a map or even coherently answer a question about how Americans are geographically challenged, and yet somehow we (she) can help others because we think we are superior.

This is a perfect example of why I am a self-hating American.