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African American Positive Backup Needed in Africa Printable Version PRINTABLE VERSION
by Antony Felix O. Simbowo, Kenya May 31, 2004
Culture , Human Rights   Opinions
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As descendants of Africans, it is a great wonder that African Americans have done little or nothing at all to help fight the various socioeconomic ills afflicting the African continent. Though many may argue that they are no longer African citizens, a lot of questions still remain unanswered as to their negative attitude and disregard for their mother continent. It is sad to notice that many of them would rather export pervasive music and videos to Africa, which have directly and indirectly contributed to the obscene spread of HIV/AIDS and decadent morals. Black Americans are sacrificing Africans at the altar of selfishness, egoism and greed instead of participating in its positive development.

Sadly, many have joined in the wholesale condemnation of Africa as a dark continent. Whilst recognizing their ability and capability to invest in Africa and help in its forward economic growth, it is instructive that due to their illusionary racial neuralgia towards Africa, many of them are yet to accept that their ancestors actually came from Africa. Gone are the days when civil rights activists like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King expressed their distaste for the looting of Africa’s resources by colonial powers. Instead, today’s black Americans are plundering Africa’s morals.

With the exception of a few, among them notaries such as Harry Bellafonte, many black Americans today do not care to visit, nay to speak equivocally on the problems affecting Africa generally preferring to refer to them as Africa’s darkness. The rate of drug abuse among the African youth is escalating, the deaths due to HIV/AIDS rising, the rate of sexual immorality skyrocketing, lack of respect for parents growing among many other decadent and negative societal values. These are fuelled by the perverted music videos, explicit music lyrics, pornography and other rot exported mainly by black Americans to Africa.

Watching television programmes has become a living nightmare for African parents, as they have to put up with morally derelict black American comedies and music videos in the presence and full glare of their young children. Black Americans such as Calvin Broadus, Sean Combs, among many millions of others have continued to spout rotten audiovisual garbage, falsely labelled entertainment, to Africa as the continent receives moral, cultural and physical bereavement, which spells doom for its manpower and youth.

It is no secret that young and upcoming African musicians ape the decadent violence and amorality heavily exhibited by black Americans in their music only to succumb sooner or later to HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and addiction. The flood of pornographic videos and music from black Americans that is currently sweeping through the African continent leaving many young African casualties cannot be ignored. When will the majority of the culturally deluded black Americans ever wake up to the reality that Africa really is their mother continent? Many of their musicians would rather rip off Africans through musical concerts rather than give anything meaningful back to Africans.

On the global front, Indian Americans, big players in the American Silicon Valley, are going back to invest generously in their Indian subcontinent. The same can be said of the Chinese and Koreans who continue to remain patriotic and dedicated to the service of their countries and continents despite being American citizens. In as much as cynics may view this as a jeremiad against the black Americans, it is a fact that they have disgraced the African continent.

A glimpse at the debauched, lewd and brainless literature of black Americans like James Baldwin and the amoral, mindless music from many other black Americans clearly befits the so called ‘axis of evil’, orchestrated to bomb and deplete the socio-moral fabric of the African society. Indian writers such as V.S. Naipaul for example, would rather bash other countries and continents but not India where they originated from and for which they have love and hold in high esteem. The same cannot be said of black American attitude towards Africa.

Many have tried to attribute the black American-Africa problem to the academic status of the black Americans arguing that only a handful of them endeavour to step through the corridors of reasoning and lecture halls preferring to gauge their knowledge from ‘politicians’ such as Louis Farrakhan. This cannot be an excuse though and in any case, a substantial number of black American scholars today reign in different echelons of the global society.

Even as the black Americans continue to celebrate such days as the Black History Month, a lot still remains to be done and seen to be done in regard to their attitude towards Africa and the native Africans at that. How can they claim to have a black history if the very crux and cornerstone of their history is baulking under amoral burden and decadence purveyed by them? With many still holding the belief that Africa is one big forest with people who live in caves and trees, it is a wonder then why continue to export rot and decadence to these cave dwellers rather than expertise, investments, and knowledge.

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Antony Felix O. Simbowo

TakingITGlobal has never been more apt than it is now in providing a forum for expression. This is because the dynamic world has undeveloped challenges that pose a great problem to the growth and daily life of any youth in the global society. What with the incessant wars, poverty, HIV/AIDS, pornography, racism and several other vices creeping into the society in a culture best objectified as vicious gradualism.
Here is where writing comes in handy and the TakingITGlobal literati, glitterati and pundits alike have provided a vital conduit through which these vices, positive and negative dynamism can be expressed.
I am saddened for example, when a promising youth is reduced to a hopeless parasite by drugs. More saddening is when I see the mercilessness, the hopelessness, the dereliction, the lack of love that many children, youth and people are subjected to due to wars, poverty, pornography and such as other negativities which silently and slowly kill the spirit and will within humans! Having gone through such experiences myself, I pray that God gives me the massive ability to be able to help these people to the best of my ability with His guidance, provision and protection. I have often wondered whether the expression "do unto others what you would have them do unto you" is being subjected to relativity. These are the problems which need highlighting and what better forum is there than TakingITGlobal.
I am privileged to be part of this ideologically vimmed and gustoed community.

Human preying upon human
~Mahadivi Ananda Miama~ | Sep 5th, 2006
This article expresses the thoughts I experienced when I lived just outside of L.A., Cal. during the year, around 1990. The city was experiencing looting and fires due to unrest over the incident that took place concerning the arrest of the black man, "KIng", and the injustices that were dealt at him by local authorities. People showed lack of self control and expressed their anger over injustices at innocent bystanders and merchants; whether they we on drugs and listened to demoralizing music or not. Black people ruined their own neighborhoods and expressed hatred for other races; which is the very thing they have felt was handed at them. "Two wrongs don't make a right." ~Mahadivi Ananda Miama~

Thats true Miama
Antony Felix O. O. Simbowo | Mar 13th, 2007
Two wrongs have never and will never make a right. Evil is overcome by good. Evil has never been overcome by evil throught the history of mankind and even in the future such prospects are zero. The best we can do is to do whatever we can while down here on earth. I believe we are not here for the sake of being here, but for a distinctive purpose. We should always strive to find that divine purpose and positively make the best out of it since we are not here forever anyway. Once again thanks, Antony

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