They’re Not Poor, We Are Stealing From Them

There was an uproar from the world when Trump made his sh*tholes comment…..but the truth is that the West has had centuries to steal wealth from these countries….colonialism may be long gone but the theft continues….

More than three decades after most African nations became independent, there is no consensus on the legacy of colonialism. With most African countries still only tottering on their feet and many close to collapse, some people ask whether the problem is due to Africa’s colonial experience or inherent adequacies of the African? For apologists of colonialism the answer is simple. Whatever may have been the shortcomings of colonial rule, the overall effect was positive for Africa. Sure, the colonial powers exploited Africa’s natural resources but on the balance, colonialism reduced the economic gap between Africa and the West, the apologists argue. Colonialism laid the seeds of the intellectual and material development in Africans. It brought enlightenment where there was ignorance. It suppressed slavery and other barbaric practices such as pagan worship and cannibalism. Formal education and modern medicine were brought to people who had limited understanding or control of their physical environment. The introduction of modern communications, exportable agricultural crops and some new industries provided a foundation for economic development. Africans received new and more efficient forms of political and economic organisation. Warring communities were united into modern nation-states with greater opportunity of survival in a competitive world than the numerous mini entities that existed before. Africa is in political and economic turmoil today, defenders of imperialism say, because it failed to take advantage of its inheritance from colonial rule. It was, they summarise, Africa’s inadequacies that made colonisation necessary and the outcome of post-independence self-rule suggests that the withdrawal by the colonial powers was premature.

What about those sh*thole countries?

Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

Donald Trump’s question to US politicians referred to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador in particular.

One answer to his racist question is historical and another is structural. Both underline how responsible the United States – and Europe – are for the conditions driving many to flee poverty and what the most developed states can do by working with African and central American governments and peoples to counteract and manage that flow. An African Union spokeswoman said: “Given the historical reality of how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, this statement flies in the face of all accepted behaviour and practice.”

Maybe you cannot see the theft……but in case you would like to know the facts……

Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people.

It’s a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we’ve heard throughout our lives. We reconfirm our image of Africa.

Try something different. Africa is rich, but we steal its wealth.

Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

The West has been stealing Africa’s future….one resource at a time.

9 thoughts on “They’re Not Poor, We Are Stealing From Them

  1. I agree about the exploitation of those countries, which is undeniable. But let’s not forget that some of the leaders and regimes in those countries are also happy to grow incredibly rich, and to acquire great personal wealth at the expense of their own people too.
    I am reminded of the now defunct ‘Central African Empire’ where Bokassa declared he was an ‘Emperor’, and lavished money on things like a golden throne, spending $20 million on his coronation alone.This in one of the poorest countries on the continent. He used ALL of the money the country received in foreign aid for his personal spending, and continued to rule the country until he was overthrown by the French military, in 1979.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Does anyone know how many of the african leaders in the past are tought by the mission of the Roman-Catholic Church?
    Now Germany has a new goal, because the way using the RCC had not brought good results. We will try to help the african people with investments by german companies. 😉
    Since years i am reseaching in all the billion eyeclasses and old mechnic sewing machines the RCC collected in Germany to help the poor african people. I never had seen any images with the use of all these things.

  3. Amazing post. The awareness in the subject is required and important. The lack of awareness of people in the West regarding this issue is terrible.

    It is ignorance for the sake of comfotability. It is time we take responsibility on the decade of colonialism, stealing and enslaving.

    It is the West responsibility to give the tools needed to develop their country based on their local need, Instead of constantly repeat the old propaganda of racism and separation. The West owe it’s comfotability to Africa. It is a fact.

    Awareness and open conversation in the subject are the key for the creation of a potential better future. Thank you for taking the time to promote such an important subject!

    1. I agree the West needs to stop exploiting but capitalism does not lead to friendly co-existence……I appreciate your visit and comment….chuq

      1. THe media drives the hate and fear… sells….they have a slogan…”it it bleeds, it leads”……makes for sensationalism which is the opposite of learning……education is the key always does….chuq

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