In the western world, or in some western country if you call a black man a Negro, you might even get jailed or at least very ostracised by the rest of the society so that it is just not worthy it being racist. Look at Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. In Kenya or in Africa, racism is at an all time high point. It is so bad, that it has been taken for granted by the local, people now see racism as something that should be. Racism has been accepted in Africa. How has this been achieved in the modern world where everyone, especially on television, seems to be fighting it.
The sprawling poverty in Africa
Poverty takes away any dignity that any human has and some evil white people know this and those who are unable to cure their racist behaviour have come to settle in Africa as touristS (of cause not all tourist are racist, some are nice fellows who only want to see lions in this country called Africa). Poor Africans can not help but worship the whites because the whites have money and the racist whites have taken advantage of this situation and are being blatantly racist. A good instance is the sexual exploitation that is happening at the Kenyan coast, old women, as old as 80 years old are raping young men, as young as 15. They call it love. Seriously, how can a fifteen years old boy fall in love with an eighty years old granny whose skin is hanging on to the bone like windows curtains. This is rape. If you are having sex with someone because they have money, because they have power for money is power, you are getting raped, it is your poverty driving you to do that disgusting act. They come with all manner of diseases and they do not butt an eyelid as they have unprotected sex with these minors. Why do they do that? Because they feel they are dealing with a less version of human, they do not feel shame just as you do not feel shame when killing a chicken for its meat or while riding on the back of a horse or Carmel. Recently, a white man was arrested for allegedly forcing girls at the coast to have sex with dogs, Of cause he was not forcing the girls to do that per se, he was paying them because he could afford it and they could stoop so low. Recently, the British government agree to pay compensation to the mau mau guys who sued for abuse and the amount they agreed to pay, about $4000 to people who lost limbs, land and relatives only affirm the notion that Africans are considered less human by the white people.
And then there is superiority and inferiority complex
This is a true story. I was once in a hotel and I was struggling to get the attention of the waiter and the waitresses and then a white couple came into the hotel and it was just shocking how the waitresses were falling over each others to serve the two.
This is so strong that when a black person is in the presence of white people, as either their guide or servant or spouse, the black person automatically feel superior to other black people, it is as if the fact that a white person is talking to them is an affirmation of this black person superiority to his other black brethren. But the black fellows at the coast do not feel this because they know they are merely being used as sex tools. They instead feel pathetic and turn to drug use and are not concerned about practising safe sex since their lives have lost meaning and value. sexual exploitation can do that to you.
The toothless african Governemnt
When Africans or black people see how their leaders act subserviently toward the white people, it drains down to everyone, they feel automatically that they are interacting with a superior race. Africans only wait for the talent and guile of one of their own to be recognized and applauded by the whites before they can follow suits. Look at the football and notice that the captains of all the teams are those individuals prying their trade in the western world. The same goes for literature where we have the like of Wole Soyinka, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o or the late Chinua Achebe being considered power house simple because they were recognized by the whites. This is in spite of the fact that they may not be the best or the most talented. For instance, Ngugi wa Thiongo may be a darling of the west but in kenya, the person whose stories are known by all is John Kiriamiti and his prison memoirs and Grace Ogot and his tekayo story. Kenyans know that Ngugi wa Thiongo is not the writer that fully represent them and I am sure the Nigerian in the street might disagree that Chinua Achebe is the writer who have touched them the most. I have read several books by Ngugi wa Thiong’o such as the river between, grain of wheat and devil on the cross but it did not touch and lift me as much as tekayo or Mwangi Gicheru’s popular book across the bridge nor did I find Chinua Achebe being as deep as Wole Soyinka or that guy who wrote that story Africa kill her sun. But, the white people spoke nicely about these people whom they possibly picked at random and Africans had to fall suit because Africans have no weighty say in such matter.
The slow but sure return on television and music of racism.
have you noticed that racism has returned to television as jokes and comic relief. Those doing these are riding on the assumption that those who suffered most at this evil are either dead or not much into the modern thing because a person who suffered at the hand of racism, a person who was barred from voting due to the color of his skin can not find anything funny in racist joke. Dave Chappelle discontinued his Chappell show on account that it was no longer about jokes but pure racism. Family guy is raced with racism for instance and although it is done with a light touch and only meant as comic relief, the fact that it has reached to a point where racism is a mere joke show how far and deep racism is entrenched in the mind of the world population and it is not different in Kenya and most of Africa. It is only worse in Africa.
- Ngugi wa Thiong’o: The Language of African Literature ~ (youngafrikanpioneers.wordpress.com)
- Politics and Prose: A tribute to Chinua Achebe (modernghana.com)
- Chinua Achebe: 1930 – 2013 (asotechm.wordpress.com)