~ PF Leader Michael Sata
By now, some of you may have read about the Collum Coal Mine Shooting in Sinazongwe District, Zambia. If not, these links aren't here for decoration. Long story short, 11 Zambian miners were shot by two Chinese members of management during a dispute about working conditions (or so one variation of the story goes...I've read a few). They have been arrested as of October 16th.
There's been blame on the language barrier. There's blame on the protesters for supposedly throwing objects at the managers who came out armed. There's blame on pretty much everyone at this point, and people are getting annoyed with the tail-chasing.
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China: This ain't the way to encourage Sino-African relations, and chica...you've already got cynics a-plenty on this one. If you really don't want the scarlet label of neocolonialist stamped across your forehead, then you're going to have to strongly reiterate to your diplomats, investors, and run-of-the-mill nationals to lose the 'tude or stay their asses at home, because this ish is not cool. I scoured the net and didn't see a whole lot of commentary from you on this development, and needless to say, that tends to raise a red flag...no pun intended.
You know better. You're no stranger to having foreigners show up in country and mistreat your people. After publishing your 2001 White Papers, you revealed to know all too well how such behavior can fuck up a society when left unchecked. There's nothing brave, manly, or empowering about shooting unarmed men. When the West did/does it, we call them cowards, sadists, and murderers. Don't think because you're fellow POC you'll be spared the same nicknames if you engage in such behavior.
Zambia: Our ancestors didn't go through what they did just so their progeny could do the same. There's a reason they fought and survived whatever way they could, so that someday, we would have better...so that we would know better. This hesitant, helpless act is so 1888, and it will not fly in this century. That's what's not gonna happen - let me make that clear right now.
As you can see, your citizens are already prepared to take up arms and start handling things themselves, and rightly so. If you choose foreign investment money over their well-being, you will have a war on your hands, and you don't want that. Like my parents, uncles, and aunts, some of your citizens have distinct memories of growing up under European colonial rule, and they will cut a bitch before they go back to that.
News flash, ma soeur: you ain't helpless. Like many of our misguided kinfolk, you're looking for a short-sighted quick fix to all your problems and in your eagerness to do so, you risk letting history repeat itself. Do you know why those two men were perfectly comfortable shooting your people? Because all they had to do to get away with beating your people was pay out some dough. K2 million to each victim, to be exact, or $433 in American-speak. $433 for being beaten to the point of hospitalization - is you shittin' me?
Don't let foreigners con you into that whole if-you're-poor-and-not-like-us-then-you're-inferior-and-thus-expendable type of thinking. There is no shame for surviving what you have; if anything, there's great pride in the fact you're still standing. So if people are showing up on your land and mistreating your people, then you need to deter that bullshit prontito, and by any means necessary.
My point: We cannot be having this, children. Here we are, doing our research, reaching out to one another, trying to make some motherfucking progress, and you two are fucking it up over a pissing contest. Do you even realize what is going on in the world? The West is slowly but surely dying on the vine, children. Sino-African relations are poised to drastically improve the quality of life on two continents by empowering their economies independently of Western influence, and shit like this can seriously reduce all of that to ash if left unchecked.
Get your acts together. I will be keeping a stricter eye on Sino-African relations from hereon out, and I won't be as chippery as I was before. One false move from either side and both will be getting an earful from me.