5.16.2012

And the Condescension Continues....

From The New York Times (same publisher of the infamous "Black Women are Fat" article, mind you):
Africa on the whole is emerging impressively from its “lost decades” of the 1980s and ’90s. Whereas just three countries had multiparty systems in 1990, today most do. Africa’s strongmen are fewer. There are armed conflicts in only a handful of African nations. Gender equality is growing.

The long-term trend in foreign direct investment is upward, hitting $32 billion in 2010. Ernst & Young estimates that Africa as a whole will grow 5 percent over the next decade — more than any other continent.

“New Africa” is an attractive sell. As editors have told me over the years, readers are tired of hearing the same sad story coming out of Africa. New Africa is about a miraculous triumph over a tragic past on the world’s last economic frontier, and that makes for vital reading. New Africa is also politically correct and safe: It comes across as sensitive and uncondescending.
And then, unsurprisingly, the writer condescends:
But just as the global media tended to hype China’s and India’s prospects a few years ago only to discover that neither is about to take over the world, so the media are overselling Africa.
Um, I don't know about you, but last I checked, China is taking over the world. I recently posted an article on the Narrative about the advances China's made into the Caribbean, effectively outsting any remaining American relevance in the region, and that would be the same America which happens to owe China over a trillion dollars.  Have you ever seen a trillion dollars actually spelled out?  It looks something like this: $1,000,000,000,000.

Now...about Africa.


From Clutch Magazine:
While many may see Africa as a continent of dysfunction, others recognize the source of Africa’s problems. Colonial rule, that was more concerned with stripping Africa of its vast resources than governing effectively, led to much of the corruption, conflict, and difficult financial times we see today.

But despite its past, Africa and its people continue to persevere and innovate, and others are taking notice. Six of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa, and China is one of the biggest investors in African countries, helping to provide much-needed capital for infrastructure.

In spite of its challenges, Africa continues to prevail, as it always has. Whether or not Africa’s growth will be rapid or slow-moving, doesn’t much matter. Africa is indeed on the rise, and if its people are an integral part of its renaissance then there’s no telling what the continent will accomplish.
And that's sort of the point.

What I hate about articles like the first is that they always skip right over why Africa has the problems it has (e.g. "New Africa is about a miraculous triumph over a tragic past on the world’s last economic frontier").  "A tragic past"?  Seriously?  Really?  Why can't we just say the word "slavery"?  Why can't we just discuss the issue of colonial rule, which last clear up through the 20th Century?

Why is it okay to berate every dictator, famine-ridden, war-torn region in Africa ad nauseum...without ever mentioning who did what to whom first, where, when, how, and why?

See, this is what makes me scratch me head about the West: you devastate our lands, destroy our peoples, deliberately destabilize our governments, and when we finally clean up your mess and rebuild ourselves, you have the audacity to wonder why the future is a party to which you haven't been invited.

After the whole "Black Women are Fat" fiasco (and reportedly a string of other BS articles), the NY Times needs to go on hiatus somewhere and sit down.

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad that Africa is on the rise. Now that gold has been discovered in Haiti, I pray to God that Haiti will as well but I'm not holding my breath :-(

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    1. Yea, me too. I'm worried that greedy and corrupt politicians+international corporate scavengers will kill Haiti all over again for that gold.

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    2. I'm Haitian myself and my cousins who went this past December told me that there are so many nations taking residence in Haiti basically staking their claim in Haiti. I'm pretty sure they are going to take away the only thing that would of helped my country come back to its semi-normal state.
      Haiti is being occupied by other countries so much that even currency is changing into USD instead of Goude which is ridiculous.
      All of my family and friends are worried that the one hope we have is going to be swept up from under them which is really sad. My mom even says that she has no home to go back to and that they will probably never be able to go back to their home. Its just all really depressing...

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  2. Isn't the NYT owned by Murdoch? Who also owns Fox News? Are we then really surprised about the tone of their articles regarding black people and black achievements?

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    1. Surprised? No. Rolling our eyes? Very much so.

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  3. Having just recently attended the Pan-African conference at Oxford University, I must say that I am bit pessimistic.

    Of all the countries highlighted in the image above, the only one that I actually have faith in is Rwanda. As it is, Rwanda seems to be doing things RIGHT.

    As for the other countries, well most of them have to find a way to control their growth and use it to actually improve the lives of their citizens. I hear that Chad is now getting a lot of attention from Europe and the West, if they are not careful, most of this growth they are seeing will be implemented outside their borders.

    Sometimes I think Nigeria's growth is just a matter of luck, the right things happening at the right time. Things have definitely improved but they could be much better, and the driving forces of change within Nigeria seem to be businessmen, the Diaspora or individuals rather than the government as it is supposed to be.

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    1. I was surprised to see Chad on the list; I did a double take. Wasn't this nation on the verge of collapse, like, just 2 years ago?

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    2. I see NYP criticism as fear of the unknown. Maybe they are scared that the very continent that they screwed will come back to bite them in the butt!and it may.Ironically, I was just looking at an impressive clip from Accra, Ghana,along with these other countries, are making progress,but I'm hoping that the rebuilding of these countries will turn out to be just that.

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    3. @Ankh

      I was surprised to see Chad on the list; I did a double take. Wasn't this nation on the verge of collapse, like, just 2 years ago?

      Tbh, a lot of people would say it is still on the verge of collapse. But they've got natural resources. It's really odd.

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      Maybe they are scared that the very continent that they screwed will come back to bite them in the butt!

      I sincerely hope so. Amen! Ghana is another impressive country. Lol I've considered moving to Ghana or Rwanda. Possibly Mozambique or Senegal too.

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  4. Good stuff here. And am piggybacking on what Leo Princess said.

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  5. Of course they can't say who caused all the mess! Doing that would make them actually have to OWN UP to something they did(which as we know is utterly impossible for them). I mean the whole nation of America is built soley upon the sufferings of other races and we want them to own up to it?? Where would they start...haha!

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  6. Do you have any information/sources about China in Africa and if it really is support/solidarity rather than just neo colonialism from Asians rather than whites? I hear resentment from Caribbean and African people when Asians come up in conversation so I just wondered what the situation really is... I'd love for it to be China really going in and helping to lift Africans up rather than making them dependent or taking over industries there...
    (sorry about posting as Anonymous I don't see a field for a nickname, and I don't have a website)

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    1. In the Name/URL option, enter a name, but you don't have to enter a URL.

      Like I just did.

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    2. Oh, and click the Blasian sociology link up top for more info.

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