A restaurant in Minnesota recently had to change its name from MaMaTi’s African Kitchen to MaMaTi’s Kitchen because they were losing patrons. The reason: Ebola. People honestly thought that if they ate from this restaurant, there was a possibility they could contract Ebola. This is absolutely ridiculous. The media has put this country into such a panic regarding this disease that people actually became fearful even seeing the name Africa.
Do not feed into the media frenzy and social paranoia that typically comes along with situations similar to that of the Ebola epidemic. It seems that every day I’m reading numerous tweets or shares on Facebook on my FreedomPop smartphone with fake websites claiming to be legitimate news sites. One such article actually claimed that 17 kindergartners died after contracting Ebola. This was completely false. People see the headlines of these articles and actually believe whatever it may be that they happened to glance at. Do your own research; and only use sources that are real and accurate.
There was no reason that MaMaTi’s African Kitchen should have had to change its name to retain customers. If people were not so ignorant, and if the news and other avenues of social media stopped feeding into this ignorance, people would understand more about Ebola and know that in a first world country, like the U.S., the chances of Ebola becoming an epidemic are very slim.
Children should not have to worry about hate crimes, but two African Senegalese-American children in middle school were taken to the hospital on Friday after being beaten by classmates. The attack on the boys was sparked by the Ebola virus. As the boys were beaten by classmates, the boys were called “Ebola.”
The two victims are brothers: Amedou and Abdou Drame. The boys are in the sixth and eighth grade and attend Intermediate School 318, which is located in the Bronx. The brothers came from Senegal recently, which could have been a factor in the hate crime committed against the innocent boys. However, there has only been one documented case of the Ebola virus in Senegal. CNN reported the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged Senegal was free of the Ebola virus on October 18th. The WHO based this on the fact that there had not been any documented cases in 42 days, which is twice incubation time of the Ebola virus.
There was a press conference held on Monday at the Harlem headquarters of the Association of Senegalese in America. Senator Perkins stated, “Ebola is a bullying crisis in our public schools and in our charter schools. Our mayor needs to take some steps so that children in our public schools known what Ebola really is and don’t go out and attack their fellow students.”
The father of Amedou and Abdou, Ousmane Drame stated that both of his children were born in the United States, but had traveled to Senegal to learn French. The boys were welcomed by their classmates when they arrived three weeks ago, but this changed as the Ebola virus scared a vast number of individuals. These hate crimes aren’t welcoming to anyone looking to come to the United States like Fersen Lambranho and his family.