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African Criticizes Obama Over Africa Comments

Lloyd Whitefield, writing in the Zimbabwe Guardian, sharply criticized President Barack Obama for his recent comments on the situation in Africa. In his speech, the president argued that “we must start from the simple premise that Africa’s future is up to Africans.” He also argued the disastrous events in Zimbabwe which have resulted in a wrecked economy and two million refugees in South Africa, can not be blamed on past Western imperialism. “Africans are responsible for Africans.” Whitefield argues Obama is using an argument that he rejects when applied to the lives of African Americans in the United States. The president supports Affirmative Action programs to make up for past mistakes and does not place all blame on African Americans for any problems they currently confront.

In one sense, President Obama is correct that what has happened in Zimbabwe over the past two decades is the result of blunders on the part of President Mugabe rather than western imperialism. But, on the other hand, the president’s argument is rather “simple” in casting all blame on Africans. When African nations obtained their independence, industry was not controlled by Africans, in most places agriculture was controlled by Europeans as was banking and trade. Few African nations enjoyed the benefits of an Affirmative Action program that has been offered to African Americans. Unfortunately, life is rarely “simple,” it is complex and we expect a more reasoned argument from President Obama on such an enormous problem as life in African nations, plus thirty years.

Racism in China

One of the ongoing myths in the area of multiculturalism is the supposed entity named “people of color” or whatever this expression means. One can assume in means people who have darker skin colors somehow share similar experiences. Africans who have gone to China have encountered the exact opposite situation. They are harassed and persecuted in ways that would not be tolerated in most “white” societies. Many African visitors in China told reporter, Willem Offenberg, “they come like a thief in the night, bang on the door of your hotel room and ask for your identify card. Whoever cannot identify themselves in taken away.” Almost every African living in China with whom he spoke emphasized “we don’t have any rights here, we are treated like dirt.” Actually, from the mid eighties when African students could still study for free in China, there were constant reports about them being harassed and insulted by the average Chinese person.

Mr. Offrenberg discovered many bars and hotels will not accept African customers and it is not uncommon for police raids to hit African areas on the assumption they are into drugs and crime. A receptionist responded to his inquiry as to whether she could ever marry an African with, “have you gone mad? .. with Europeans, that’s a different story.”

It is time to cease using expressions such as “people of color” because they have no meaning in the modern world.

James Watson, DNA Pioneer – Blacks Just Ain’t Smart As We Whites!

James Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his work on DNA, caused a furor with his comments that appeared in the London Times. Watson stated that “he was extremely gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours–whereas all testing says not really.” He noted it was natural to believe all humans are equal in intelligence but “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.” His new book will argue that capacities of people who have been separated geographically have significant differences. In 1997, Watson created a storm of protest when he told a British newspaper that a woman should have a right to abort an unborn child if it could be determined the child would turn out to be homosexual.

The remarks of James Watson merely reveals an old truism — people with book learning can be as stupid as those who have no education. It would require several volumes in order to respond to his lack of knowledge about history and human migration. Egypt, an African nation, for a few thousand years dominated large areas of the world and was much further advanced than white European barbarians. It would require many pages to list the names of black writers, artists, scientists, and leaders. A fundamental misunderstanding is his lack of knowledge regarding human migrations. All humans came out of Africa. We have been wandering back and forth across this planet for thousands of years. After all, inhabitants of the western hemisphere originally came from Asia. I’m glad Mr. Watson never had to deal with an employee such as Nelson Mandela, I guess he would have preferred the more intelligent Adolf Hitler. As for his remarks about aborting potential “homosexuals” it boggles my mind to find a response that could be stated in polite English.