I really am sorry that you have reached this far in life, brainwashed by your media believing that Africa looks like the image below.. I really do sympathize with you,
Stop making Africa the poster child for poverty, poverty is everywhere, and if you ever paid attention, you might notice that it’s closer to home than you think!!!
I’m not quite sure how to feel about this post. On the one hand, it’s true that there are highly affluent places in Africa, just like on every continent and in every country. That doesn’t however change the fact that there are huge swaths of Africa that are crushingly poor.
Also, an important thing to keep in mind with regard to these pictures is that the majority of them come from the ten wealthiest countries in Africa. Not just the wealthiest countries, but primarily their capitals.
The third image is Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, the eighth wealthiest country in Africa.
The fourth is a beach in Cape Town, one of the capitals of South Africa, the sixth wealthiest country in Africa.
The fifth is Trasacco Valley in Ghana.
The sixth is Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, the second wealthiest country in Africa.
The seventh is Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, one again, the sixth wealthiest country.
The eighth is Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, the ninth wealthiest country in Africa.
The tenth is Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.
The eleventh is Port Louis, the capital city of Mauritius, the fifth wealthiest country.
The twelfth is a resort in Windhoek.
The thirteenth is Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, the wealthiest country in Africa.
The fourteenth Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
As for the first and second they are in Florida and Thailand. The third one is a non-existent building that was planned for the failed Yongsan Dreamhub in Seoul, South Korea.
To my original point however, parts of Africa are very different from what most westerners think of when they think of Africa. That does not however change the fact that there are parts of Africa that are exactly what those people imagine when they think of Africa. I’m having trouble placing the last picture exactly, but google’s best guess is a shanty town in Soweto, South Africa, which, as you may recall, is the sixth wealthiest country in Africa. Africa is just like the rest of the world, a glittering metropolis in one place does not erase crippling poverty in another, nor vice versa. Poverty and wealth are not mutually exclusive on the scale of nations. In fact, one cannot exist without the other.
Disclaimer: This is almost verbatim what I posted on Facebook moments ago for those of you who have access to my feed. Still, I thought it was relevant here as well.
If I see one more #kony2012 post, I think I might explode from rage. Enough of this white man’s burden, neo-imperialist bullshit already. Invisible Children is a charlatan group that makes a spectacle of human suffering and spends significant portions of its revenues sending affluent white kids with savior complexes to Africa. You want to start a real conversation about Africa? Let’s talk about the way in which the very mentality that organizations like IC perpetuate (“If we [white Westerners] don’t intervene [even militarily], then nothing will get done”) has contributed to the economic devastation that allowed fanatical rightwing groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army to flourish in the first place. Educate yourselves, and check your privilege before you clutter my dash next time (there are many notable exceptions, of course, and I’m grateful to my fellow leftists for bringing some sanity to the discussion). Please and thank you.
I didn’t even consider this aspect in my severe consternation with this entire kerfuffle, but it really does sting of the “save the savages” mentality of the nineteenth-century imperialists.