Continental Africans have not done a good job of revealing the realities of life overseas. Many times,friends and family back home get a one-sided story about what really goes on in the lives of black people in foreign lands. For example, Africans living in Africa are often told that :
- It is better to start up a career overseas as opposed to striving to build one in Africa
- Earning your degree abroad is easier and the environment is comfortable
- Life is easy
- Money is easy to come by
- Africans are inferior they are unable to build anything without the help of foreign “partners”
- Whites, Arabs etc have African (black) interests at heart
- Arabs, whites etc treat Africans as equals
Granted there are continental Africans who have achieved status and wealth abroad. But I find the misinformation troubling because it creates conflict between Africans abroad and their family members at home. I have met a number of Africans living in America who quit school in order to work menial jobs so that they could send money and gifts (iPhones, computers, Louis Vutton bags, bleaching creams etc) to their overly demanding family members. Some Africans are pushed away from achieving their dreams and get involved in crimes in order to feed their relatives’ expensive taste for material things. Those that I have talked to for the past ten years have agonized over the constant requests that they get from their families back home in Africa.These relatives are less supportive of their long term goals and more excited about getting money to live it up! Mainstream media such as BBC,VOA and CNN also contribute to this unrealistic representation of the reality of things. They paint inviting, peaceful, all inclusive images of countries abroad and put less focus in promoting positive, empowering, success stories in Africa. As a result, many Africans crave fantasy lives in foreign countries.
Below I provide you with concrete examples of the situation on grounds.As you go through these stories, think of the way forward.I would suggest that Africans abroad should be honest about the reality of life in the diaspora and family members should stop pressurizing them into doing things that will create a financial burden.More Africans stay at home and build your continent and African governments should work towards:creating jobs, supporting innovation,providing incentives for quality African teachers and professors etc.These steps would encourage more Africans to stay at home or return home.
1. Israelis attack Africans, calling them cancer in their country and will do anything in their power to deport them. Black African owned businesses were destroyed and looted, women with their children humiliated.
c. Ethiopian Women sterilized by Israel …http://www.africanglobe.net/africa/evidence-israel-sterilized-ethiopian-jews/
2. African Student beaten in Indian “ in coma for three months”
3. A wonderful twit summary about Israel’s aim to erase the black race
3.”Ethiopian Women abused in Middle East (UAE)” The maltreatment of African women in the Arab world.
4. Couple from Rwanda both trained doctors stranded in rural Russia. They tell their stories of depression, racism, disappointments and strong will etc.
5. African students share their experience of racism in Russia and how the government ignores their cry
6. Racism Against African football (soccer) players in Europe is on going.
“Zoro suffers more racist abuse” read his story here:http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/4476412.stm and “Racism still a reality in European football”http://edition.cnn.com/2008/SPORT/football/06/18/racism.europe/index.html
7. Nigerian Immigrants joined Italian mafia they murder innocent people, sponsor drug dealers and prostitution rings.
8. African immigrants in China tell of their experiences
9. Whites encourage Somalis to abandone their African culture and are blamed for crimes in Maine etc
10. An outstanding one of its kind program on Al jazaar called “Surprising Europe”. It tells the stories of some Africans who dream of leaving the continent and how some of them take risks inorder to make it to Europe. Once they get there they often are stranded with no job, put in detention camps, and live in abject poverty, but afraid of going back home to Africa because of pressure from their family members that are dependent on them.
11. Racism against people of African descent in Ecuador, 92% of them are ignored by the government
12. Sundown Town ( white populated towns), black people are not allowed after 6:00pm, if they stay they get killed by racist whites, this practice still goes on in America.Work by James W. Loewen you can order it here..http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sundown-towns-james-loewen/1110781095?cm_mmc=googlepla-_-book-_-q000000633-_-9780743294485&cm_mmca2=pla&ean=9780743294485&isbn=9780743294485&r=1
You could listen to Dr. Loewen’s talk on C-Span about the book.
13. 1,000 Nigerian muslim women in Saudi Arabia maltreated on hajj/ pilgrimage
14. In Brazil racism against people of African descent is deeply rooted in the History of the country, making it difficult for blacks to accomplish their goals. Helena Oliveira Silva explains in an interview how Brazilian media continues to promote racist images of black people in Brazil.