Saturday, October 1, 2011

HGTV Racist Statement


Last night House Hunters International (HGTV) aired a show about an American couple from Washington DC who moved to Zimbabwe. The HGTV narrator said something very racist like "imagine having a higher standard of living (more living space for the dollar) in Africa than in the US."

It is a fact that the average African has a higher standard of living than the average person living in most parts of India. Yet when HGTV airs shows about couples who move to Mombai, India, there is no such attitude expressed.

More people live in poverty in eight Indian states than in the 26 poorest African countries, according to the UN-backed Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), which  looks beyond income at a wider range of household-level deprivation, including services.

The study found that half of the world's MPI poor people live in South Asia, and just over a quarter in Africa.

There are 421 million MPI poor people in eight Indian states alone Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and 410 million in the 26 poorest African countries combined.

Read more here.


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