¡Viva la resistencia! on every continent

If you’ve paid attention to Twitter today, you’ve likely seen the following:

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Before you break out in applaud at the success of a very successful movement against the worst thing to happen to the United States since 9/11, ask yourself why anyone is saying “seven continents”.

Is it due to the tectonic plates?

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Doesn’t look like it… It has little to do with discrete land masses. How about for political boundaries?

Again, this looks like a miss; Russia is in both Europe and Asia.

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Australia (or collectively “Oceania”) is its own continent and Antartica doesn’t have a proper goverment in the traditional sense.

What becomes immediately clear is that Continent is a term that people use to impress their own ethnocentricity on others.

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The “continents” are a rare lense for showing the presumptions and judgements of the speaker.

In Latin America, students are raised to believe that the Americas are a single continent. In the United States, we produce students who ask questions like this: Is Mexico part of North America?

This barely repressed xenophobia is a symptom of the problem at large which is lack of education and tolerance of thy fellow human.

As we seek equal rights for men and women, I think it would be a good idea to accept all humans as equal instead of looking for any reason to distance oneself from others.

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