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  • YemiLibretti

    We need to stop using the term "bush meat". The "bush" is a problematic geographic reference that juxtaposes "civilization" from "uncultivated wilderness" unworthy of the attention of anyone of social standing (derived from a colonial, Victorian, deeply racialized and class-driven sense of space) to enter, enjoin, or critically engage. The term "bush meat" only reifies the idea of ineffable jungle, beyond the pale of understanding the localization of cultures, group clusters, spatially-specific economies and experiences that are more than, as the author puts it, a "local penchant" for, really, any(/)thing associated with the space writ large. Using the term "game" and contextualizing it as meat gleaned from non-agrarian sources, specifically citing bats, cane rats, primate meat and other localized sources of Ebola would do a great deal to treat African experiences like they are more than Victorian monoliths. Clearly, that's the shakeup this article, and it's uninspired worldview, needs.

    • Jelena Woehr

      That's a perspective I haven't run across before, Yemi. I'm really interested in the alternative you're offering. I posted this a while ago about how Western media ignores positive stories from Africa:

      I think you're highlighting another part of the same disaster pornography phenomenon. I hadn't ever thought of this, but of course it now makes perfect sense. I wasn't able to find much online about the origins of the term, but I did find that a 2000 UN resolution eschewed it in favor of "wild meat."

      I'll make sure your suggestion reaches the author of the piece.