Tuesday, May 01, 2007

AFRICA : COLOR BLIND?

Some day the western world will recognise that the sins of Apartheid have only jumped to the other side of the chessboard
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Instead of complaining about the wrongs of past regimes, people should compare their way of living with that of people where there was little interference from outsiders.
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In the past wars among tribes and food supply kept the population at an equilibrium and man lived in harmony with nature but in fear of those in power. Only those who can live without their freedom of choice, universities, schools, hospitals railroads, modern technologies, air travel, cell phones, study and computers have the right to complain about the wrongs of the past.
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Yes, many wrongs caused much pain in African history.
The result of the slave trade, the drain of African commodities, the isolated European settlements, who cared only for their own kind, brought to Africa the infrastructure and tools of modern civilisation.
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Countries who absorb the skills and knowledge base of the ones who are the custodians of experience and funds will find it easier to enhance their economies
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One saw the breakdown in the economies of countries, that did not have the infrastructure or knowledge and funds to maintain their level of productivity, who prematurely broke the link with England.
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One sees that same breakdown of the economy when businesses close down because governmental interference makes the working environment unfriendly.
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So much of Africa's brain and financial resources are living outside the country because they are branded as foreigners of Africa (based on the colour of their skin)
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Uplifting the lives of all people in Africa, without outside help has never been done before. It is better for Africa to utilise skills that was home grown (even if they benefited by apartheid) than to import skilled foreigners who will leak the profits to enrich their own roots.
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Western sympathy and aid will dry up while the struggling and suppression continue. It is time for Africans to become colour blind and recognise the abilities and strengths in people instead of their cultural beliefs and the colour of their skins.
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For the first time in history, Africa has the means to dignify the lives of all her people.
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New unique strategies are needed and not by repeating the sins of the past.
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Beware of shrewd business people who give with one hand, while feeding their glut with the other.
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The power of Africa is not her gold or ivory, but her natural resources. This is the last continent where the big five can roam freely. - but not for long.
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Africans are the custodians of the "Garden of Eden, .... but at this rate, not for long.

Ex Unitate Vires.

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