Thursday, March 26, 2009

Today a group of us were having coffee and discussing the problem of deciding when to give money to someone who asks. I turned to the only Cameroonian in the group and asked him his opinion. He said, “People know that white people had enough money to come here on an airplane and that you have jobs, so in comparison to them you are very rich, and that is why they ask you. For us Africans, it is normal to ask and normal to help. When those of us who have jobs are asked for help, we want to help. When you are asked for help, you find it annoying.” He didn’t say it at all judgmentally; he was merely stating the facts.

1 comment:

  1. That's a great cultural insight, and says a lot about both cultures!

    I'd be curious to know how the conversation continued...