Pan Africanism : Are African Americans the continent's disgrace?

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  1. dustyelbow

    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Are African Americans the continent's disgrace?

    May 24, 2006, 1 hour, 42 minutes and 11 seconds ago.

    By Peter Moyo

    AND Africa - African Americans who live in the US are said to be worth US$800 billion, yet little or nothing at all has trickled back to the continent


    The black Americans are a strong force in the US political game. Over the centuries, they have managed to revolutionalise the music and film industry. They have played a large part in shaping America's urban culture, yet they have done little for the continent which gave birth to their ancestors.

    Many a time we hear a black American rapper coming back to Africa to say, 'I am back home' before he sings to a sold out concert and vanish with the profits back to the confines of the US.

    If anything at all, white Americans know Africa better than most Africans (American) who live among them. Tour operators, tourist destinations break their backs to impress the white tourist who has ventured more to spend money on the continent. Trade and Industry ministries across the continent spend more time trying to lure investment from the developed world and all that the continent has seen is large conglomorates like Anglo-American, Shell, BP and many others owned by the white capital.

    Not that white capital is not welcome to the continent - but that it seems that besides the billions owned by sons of the soil - the African Americans and the disapora at large, little is coming to the motherland.

    Many a media has reported that talk show host Oprah Winfrey is worth more than a billion US dollars - that is more than enough to settle some of the African countries' debts. It is difficult to pinpoint if her capital has ever trickled to the continent. If anything, her last show in South Africa was worth about US$100 for a ticket. It was sold out.

    Some would come out and say, at least Oprah supports an orphanage in Africa. At least she sends them computers. Isn't this the same mentality of donor organisations which has not helped Africa out of the quagmire over the centuries? The stereotyping of Africans as people who need humanitarian aid instead of investment!

    If Oprah would bring her billions and invest in Africa, it would go a long way in making sure that those kids she is buying computers and food for would have jobs when they finally graduate from high school.

    It is not Oprah alone. Many like Alicia Keys, Danny Glover and some respectable Hollywood actors have come with their schemes of helping the motherland through sending money to orphanages - the half measures which seem concentrated in South Africa - the only country as developed and beautiful as Western nations.

    Former African heads of state have tried to appeal to Africa's diaspora to come aboard and help Africa, help build fuel refineries, oil rigs, diamond mines and finished product factories to make sure that profits stay on the continent. There have been no takers. If anything, television programmes are living testimony of the lavish lives Africa former sons are living far away.

    There has been mooted concerns about stability and security of investments on the continent. But then how have BP, Shell, Anglo America and many other managed to milk the continent of its resources over the centuries of conflict and disease and hunger on the continent?

    Maybe it is time black Americans and others in the diaspora who have a direct link with the continent come out and be honest if it is the word 'African' that only links or remind them to what they used to be. With a total worth of US$800 billion of Africans in the US alone, Africa could have started reaping the rewards long back.

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    Little does anybody know but those 100's of billions of dollars are in "ruthless" white hands and accounts with a WORLDWIDE network probably used for every villainous thing around the world.

    So this article is junk.
     
  2. I-khan

    I-khan Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    EXACTLY!!! Also, many Afrikans in America(big business or not) are consumers and not producers which is a deadly position to be in since it may signal dependency and/or apathy.Calling Afrikans in America a "disgrace" only shows a short-sightedness in the position of our people world-wide and the fact that this article may be a inter-contitnental divide and conquer tactic as well.
     
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    Not to keep with divide and conqueer, but the writer of the article is not even from West African/Congo! I am not suprised by the regular harshness when such statements are made. If I remember well, no person from Ghana has never publically made such a statement. They still chose to pursue investment with the Diaspora.

    That said, one can still channel the consumer behavior in a rightway if one wants to achieve investment in Africa. Ideas, anyone?
     
  4. dustyelbow

    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Yeah, one that would SPOOK "ruthless" white and all those under him including those so-called PRETTY secretaries, DISTANT bank teller, ILL-TEMPERED customer service, in SUITS etc of all RACES and PERSUASIONS.

    How about this time WE SAY BOO, and 'ruthless' WHITE gets SCARED.

    Simple.

    If a city with 100,000 black bank customers preferably born before 1964 (reason for this but in short they have more MONEY in there) doing business at "ruthless" white GLOBAL banks DECIDE 'ONE DAY THATS IT' to demand every LAST CENT of their money on THAT DAY from THEIR ACCOUNT would cause a CITY, STATE, REGIONAL, COUNTRY-WIDE, WORLD-WIDE ECONOMICAL NIGHTMARE.

    It will show how UNJUST "ruthless" white is and how much RESPECT "ruthless" WHITE have for the DEMANDS of INDIVIDUAL BANK CUSTOMERS in general and BLACK PEOPLE especially.

    Why?

    Because BANKS and their BRANCHES only carry $XXX,XXX amount of DOLLARS on a GIVEN DAY not enough if a RUN on BANK OCCURS SUDDENLY or UNEXPECTEDLY by all its CUSTOMERS and certainly a VOCAL LARGE MINORITY of HEAVYWEIGHT ACCOUNTS like US.

    It will SHOW how UNPREPARE "ruthless" WHITE BANKS are and show how MUCH they CARE about our WEALTH and WELL-BEING. You better believe the local POLICE, state POLICE and NATIONAL GUARD, federal agencies like FBI and such will be there in a INSTANCE to SQUASH this.

    Now imagine a state with at least 20% black people doing the same thing.

    Imagine a whole REGION in the US doing the same thing.

    Imagine BLACKS (not everyone but numberically in the millions) across the COUNTRY decide to do this for ONE DAY ONLY.

    Just ONE DAY is all it TAKES.

    The world WILL BE WATCHING which means BLACK people will be in the WORLD EYES again AS FIGHTERS AS CHANGE for BETTER or FOR WORSE against an OPPRESSOR.

    Ruthless white will be SWEATING HARD. He wouldn't KNOW WHAT HIT HIM.

    :D

    :D

    :D

    Oh well, my plan is OUT and "ruthless" white KNOWS. Anyway this strategy isnt NEW but it happen DURING national TURMOIL but not on a ORDINARY DAY.

    BTW,

    Whose TIME you work on DURING your FREE TIME.

    'Ruthless' white.....

    Got to run.
     
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