These Ithaca College Students Don’t Speak African

And they want you to know that neither does anyone else.

1. A group of students from Ithaca College created a photo campaign called “The Real Africa: Fight the Stereotype” in an effort to dispel misconceptions about Africa.

Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com
Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com

4. The idea is simple: combine declarative statements about the continent of Africa with portraits of members of their group, IC African Student Association.

Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com
Mariah Boucher / African Students Association / Via facebook.com

7. The declarative statements on the photos represent very real stereotypes these students have faced in their day to day life from “their colleagues and professors on campus,” a representative told BuzzFeed.

Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com
Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com

10. The group hopes to target “Anyone who is willing to learn and listen” with their campaign.

Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Associatio / Via facebook.com
Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com

13. So far the campaign has received “primarily good and supportive” feedback and some unexpected momentum: The photos were featured on CNN and have gone viral on Tumblr.

Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com
Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com

16. The group hopes to continue to “create awareness about the African continent and its rich cultures” through its work.

Mariah Boucher / IC African Students Association / Via facebook.com

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