I have been doing work on the continent of Africa for many, many years and to my dismay, Africa’s approach to international engagement is juvenile at best and incompetent at worst. Africa’s weaning from their various colonial powers began in earnest in the early 60’s, so their claim of being a fledgling democracy is no longer valid. For the uninitiated, there are currently 54 countries that makeup Sub-Saharan Africa.
African leaders constantly complain to me about the way the U.S. media portrays them and how our “official” government policy towards the continent is not acceptable to them. So, I will therefore pose a few questions to my African brothers and voice a few complaints of my own.
I am in total agreement with African leaders when they complain about how the U.S. media portrays the continent. The media usually focuses on war, famine, disease, corruption, etc. You can find these same ailments in any large U.S. city, i.e. Washington, D.C. You have gang wars (to control the drug trade), people who don’t have food to eat, AIDS running out of control and politicians being sent to jail. But what have these same African leaders done to address their concerns about U.S. media coverage? Absolutely nothing! They whine and complain like a crying baby waiting for mommy to pick them up in her arms to console them. (Black Enterprise)
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