I agree with the title of Jerry Kenney's letter ("Africa is breathtaking, beautiful and strong," The Daily News, Jan. 19). Africa is breathtaking, beautiful and strong. It is a continent of great riches. I understand his sentiments. I do not agree that using bad words to describe certain regions in our world is racist or ignorant.
Would I be misinformed if I used a bad word to describe Haiti? If I would love to go a beautiful Caribbean island for vacation, would I choose Haiti? No. It is a country crippled by corruption. Since withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers, human rights abuses have increased. The Haitians are suffering and dying from rampant disease and lack of clean water and food. If I choose to visit Niger, I would not be misinformed if I took measures to defend myself from the high risk of kidnapping and terrorism.
To describe certain regions with a bad word has nothing to do with the race or religion of the local people. Get real, there are regions in our world that are violent, unhealthy and corrupt. Nice words cannot describe them. It is the very good people of those regions who would not use nice words.