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Saturday, May 22, 2010

On African Woes and Colonies Where They are the Majority

Over in Jamaica, a fellow blogger, Corve da Costa, paints a bleak picture of his country at the moment. In it he says that one single individual is responsible for the whole chaotic situation.

Kingston has been on lockdown for quite a few days now all because the U.S. demands the extradition of one Christopher Coke.

This is actually something we (kinda) relate to in our own country, especially in big cities in this vast, almost continental expanse of land...

It goes a bit further and deeper than what we see in the news once we know this wanton neglect towards the poor in this country, and they are invariably Afro-descendants, has been going on for hundreds of years.

What is most intriguing when we read Corve's page is the fact that we see Afro-descendants doing to themselves what "Whites" do here in Brazil. When we say "Whites" we mean the ruling elite. It may not be so in that Caribbean nation.

Luckily, the situation in our disadvantaged areas do not get as critical as in Jamaica because here in Brazil they will send in 'special forces' to do the job...

Also because there have been attempts at improving the whole social setting. The way the authorities are doing it is through the expansion of "social programs."

It is kinda like, pardon the colloquialism, "they're people, too" kinda thing. It's much better than having to endure black children begging (you NEVER see white ones!) on the streets of the exclusive south side in Rio de Janeiro or any other exclusive neighborhood in big towns dotting the Atlantic coast.

All this rambling to ask one question: why the hell do we, Afro-descendants, do this to ourselves? In Africa, by being subjected to IDEOLOGIES (see previous post, On Draconian...), which is worse than shackles, mind you. And elsewhere, by whatever you have been reading in the news...

All this coming from someone thinking of writing something nice to brighten up their weekend. Pooh!


  1. This is common in the's still mental slavery I think for alot of Afro-descendants living in the Caribbean. It's a sensitive topic, but part of this problem is history, government and the fact than almost all Caribbean islands are still struggling from their independence from the UK - most islands are relatively young nations (about 50 years or so) and they have a long way to go to change their mentality and the way things are done!

    With 50 years - the generations spanning government has been maybe 2 - and most governments have been in power too long with the same old/stale and dated form of running government - anywho -that's another story!

  2. Thank you, Steve. The good thing is that change has to come from within these imperiled communities. Change is within reach. Up there in the Caribbean as it is here in South America.

  3. Humans are potentially beautiful and potentially nasty regardless of the color of their skin. Sad.

  4. Are you following then news in Jamaica where we learn through the BBC and other channels that they have kleptocrats in their history books and all the attendant consequences? Similar stories here in Latin America...