9 06 2008

Not until hell freezes over BUT there is hope. Even if it’s only a smidgen of the stuff.

“Sen. Obama’s campaign has all along been about hope, a scarce commodity in Africa where selfishness and greed are what define virtually every African leader. African leaders don’t hold town hall meetings to listen to their citizens’ concerns. They’re condescending and arrogant when it comes to dealing with ordinary people.”


The funniest thing about this piece is the comments-people are either so blinded by their hatred of him and love of Clinton OR their hatred and contempt of Africa!

Well I’ll be damned!

“Given that political atmosphere, it’s not surprising that as millions of Americans are celebrating this historic moment of the first African-American to win a major political party’s nomination for U.S. president, Africa is still bleeding from genocide in Sudan, civil war in Somalia, and one-man dictatorships in Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon and Libya.
On the same day Obama and his supporters were ecstatically uncorking champagne bottles to celebrate his triumph in the Democratic primaries, Zimbabwean police, on the orders of President Robert Mugabe, detained Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the country’s main opposition party. This is a thinly-veiled attempt to derail Tsvangirai’s campaign for the presidential runoff scheduled for June 27. Mr. Tsvangirai beat Mugabe in the first round on March 29, but, controversially, did not earn enough of the vote to avoid a runoff. Tsvangirai has since been released, not out of Mugabe’s magnanimity, but after a noisy and sustained international outcry led by the U.S. and the European Union (EU).”

Africa-don’t stop me now!

“Of course, both Mr. Odinga and Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki have already profusely congratulated Sen. Obama for a job well done. But do they mean it?
Will African leaders, who are accustomed to riding roughshod on their weak and meek citizenry, change their treacherous ways now that “one of their own” is poised to break the glass ceiling and possibly become the president of the most powerful country in the world? It’d be a big shame for Africa to continue to be the sole source of bad news – coups, human rights abuses, wanton looting of public coffers, and subjugation of democracy – as a black man preaches and practices prosperity in the country considered being a model of democracy.

Sen. Obama has many times demonstrated his affection for Africa. He has loudly and strongly condemned the atrocities taking place in Darfur. He has expressed interest in a prosperous Africa. Will African leaders listen? They have much to learn from Sen. Obama’s political success.”

Hmm, the tone of the piece in the Washington Post is mild, naive and a bit too edited to really make any impact, despite the huge number of comments. The journalist is toeing the fucking line as usual-as a lot of these African journalists tend to-unless they branch out on their own.

I think people though didn’t not get were he was coming from, in pure and plain English I think the mad meant, will Africa finally start to believe in itself and it’s progress, now that they have seen that another black person can MAKE it on the international political circuit.

End of.

I don’t think the politics will change but I think this may give a little hope to some, though Africans feel very far away to African Americans and are soo triablistic….





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