Discussion in 'All Things Africa' started by panafrica, Nov 27, 2005.
I am quite angry too. Never has a continent been exploited for its human and natural resources over a space of 400 years. My best advice for you is to forget about the South Africa and Zimbabwe in terms of blacks regaining control of resources. White settlers already control the natural resources anyways leaving the vast black majority landless and poor. America mining that region wont be really anything out of the ordinary.
For places like Congo and perhaps Angola, the hestitancy of America to sacrifice white soldiers for black lives will keep them out of the region for a long time. And so also West Africa. As a result, those are the last front in the battle for black resource control, if there are any willing black business men.
A natural barrier that keeps Europeans mostly out of West and Central Africa, which I would assume have the greatest level of wealth in all of Africa in terms of keeping a 1st world country moving like oil, not diamonds in South Africa, agricultural producing soils, not arid soils etc is MALARIA. West and Central Africa got the name from the British as "the whiteman's graveyard." Today all European and American pharmacueticals and research labs are trying to find a way to prevent and cure malaria. Billions of dollars are involved. Europeans are spending more since they have a greater stake in these regions. I hear too many stories of outsiders Europeans and Americans falling ill trying to do missionary work in these regions. So these Europeans have to use willing Africans to set up their operations in the meantime until they find a way to combat malaria effectively. Once they figure out how to effective deal with malaria then West and Central Africa will be filled with pioneering white Europeans settlers in masses like South Africa and the other Southern Africa nations.
The fight for a cure for malaria may not be intended to save Third World lives but used as an invasion tool.
As for the United States we are late in the game for Africa in terms of interior plans but stick to the coast for oil. That is what we control in terms of Africa. But if we make strides in curing malaria then we may be able to win the game of claiming African interior all together. Its a race that our people should be alert too and watch out for. But we always look elsewhere when it comes to what we have and why others want it so badly.
The best thing AfroAmericans can do to ensure that the United States doesn't continue to exploit Africa and other Black regions is to exert OUR political power here at home.
We have almost as much potential as whites in this country both politically and economically, and can also influence foreign policy if we had the proper ogranization and leadership.
We make up nearly a quarter of the popluation and nearly half of the military so if the United States government ended up further exploiting Africa...it's our fault too.
Very true. However make no mistakes, African Americans have power beyond political demonstrations. The black buying power in America is 750 billion dollars. Now if an average African American invested 10% of his wealth to a Mutual investment fund for African Resources. We will have 75billion dollars for investment in African Natural Resources annually. It costs 1-2 billion or sometimes up to 6 billion on average to mine for a natural resource. That means every year one can set up 10 -35 mines in Africa. Many of these mines pay back their worth after a year and can yield income. Think about that. Unfortunatley, that 10% rather pays for a lease on Navigator with quartz spinners!!
On the other hand, a country like Nigeria alone has sent overseas 440 billion dollars in capital flight thanks to greedy dictators. Had that country gotten its act together, it will probably be the one controlling the African resources and not America or Asia.
"Unfortunately, that 10% rather pays for a lease on a Navigator with quartz spinners!!"
Or...how do you spell "tithe" ??
Very very true indeed.
That's why good leadership is so important.
Our people need to be educated in how to manage finances and pool our resources together instead of wasting money on products hoping to improve our low self esteem.
Just like Indians, Koreans, and other nationalities were able to come West, open up businesses and then send money back home to build up thier nation's infrastructure....we could have done the same.
The only problem is our centuries wide separation from our roots so we don't know exactly how to relate to the people.
The best thing we could do is clear land for ourselves and build up our own economy rather than funneling money into cultures we know little about.
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