If Africa Can Feed The World, Why Doesn’t Africa Feed Africa?

Western Cape, African“I as told that in Ghana they can have a harvest every two and a half months, which means you can put something in the ground and two and a half months later something is coming up. That tells me that potentially Africa could feed the whole planet.

The western region of Africa could feed the whole continent. I think the western region of Africa could feed the world but it’s been divided by colonialism, imperialism, and neocolonialism. So the western region of Africa is not feeding the African nations that are starving. The western region of Africa can’t supply other parts of Africa with that which it needs. Whenever you have to get approval from Europe to feed fellow human beings, what the [expletive] is that about?” -From, “Rap, Race, and Reality,” By: Chuck D

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South African Apartheid vs. American Racism (Throwback Post: 2/28/08)

Wikipedia defines apartheid as: “A system of legalized racial segregation enforced by the National Party (NP) South African government between 1948 and 1994. It arose from a longer history of settler rule and Dutch and British colonialism.” America’s social ideals have also not been exempt from the effects of colonialism. Hence, the prevalence of racism throughout American History. Although we can optimistically hope that the irrationality of racial hatred has been diagnosed and is being cured, recent shocking events on the continents of Africa and America sadly shows otherwise.

Yesterday, a video which was recorded at the University of Free State in South Africa surfaced. In this disturbing video, several White students from the university allegedly forced five Black elderly university employees to perform humiliating acts; this included forcing the Black elders to eat food that was urinated on. The supposed motivation for this criminal abuse was a protest by the White students to oppose the university’s integrating Black and White students in residential dorms.

In response to the horrendous video, Black students and university employees have handed over a list of demands to university administrators. According to the BBC website: “The university says it has begun procedures to suspend the students allegedly implicated in the video, and says the alleged victims have received psychological support.” This is a weak response to such an inhumane act.

On the homefront, the Megan Williams case is slowly winding its way through the American court system. This case involves a 20 year old African American woman who was kidnapped in the Summer of 2007, tortured, raped, and forced to eat animal feces- while being called racial slurs. While sexual abuse victims usually exercise their right to remain anonymous, Ms. Williams and her family decided to reveal her identity in order to put a human face on this unconscionable crime. However, the lack of media attention involving this situation begs to ask where the concern is on the journalistic front. There is also a question of fairness in the arena of justice. Megan Williams’ family feels slighted that the prosecutor is not demanding harsher penalties.We’ll see what happens as the repercussions from these two heinous events evolve. The manner in which these two events are resolved will be telling about how far we have advanced when it comes to racial ethics.

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Is It America vs. China In A Tug Of War For Africa’s Oil? (Throwback Post: 2/25/08)

Throughout history, natural-resource rich Africa has been pillaged for her goods. The most recent international discussion concerning Africa’s oil resources, involves the intentions of two nations who are often considered to be rivals- America and China.

When it comes to the mad dash grab for African oil, the question has arisen whether or not it is a venture in which the U.S. and China are “partners or rivals.” If they are in fact partners, then the question emerges of whether or not Africa will be able to survive the tag team efforts of two of the wealthiest, militaristic nations on the globe to obtain their “liquid gold.”

The BBC website recently reported U.S. President George Bush’s take on the Africa, China, U.S. oil triumvirate. On what is noted to likely be President Bush’s last tour of Africa during his final term in office, he addressed the African oil situation during a news conference.

According to the BBC website, George Bush stated that: “He believed there was room for both countries to invest in Africa ‘without creating a great sense of competition.’ “The aftermath of the effects of this “investment” on the African social climate remains to be seen. However with the current state of war in the Sudan, we can begin to draw the parallels. Stay tuned for more…

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