White Power in Africa Today

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Africans often pride themselves of not having race issues like their diasporan counterparts. When people of African descent highlight the impacts of racism /white supremacy on their daily lives, many continental Africans view them as excuses.These differences are especially apparent when tragedies occur such as the recent killing of an unarmed African American boy, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri. On social media, many Africans are indifferent to the event because they believe, wrongly, that racism is not a problem. The belief that racism doesn’t exist or rarely happens in Africa is incorrect. Here’s why:

1.Even though African workers take  heavier work loads, white workers for Non Governmental  Organizations ( NGOs) make thousands of dollars a month, while their African counterparts barely survive on their salary.

2. In initiatives to “partner” with Africans, whites typically dictate how things must be done. Africans are constantly encouraged to abandon all things African and depend on European methods of doing things.

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3. Less-educated whites in Africa get more opportunities than highly educated Africans.

4. African made goods are  considered inferior to foreign products. For example, Dutch wax (ankara) is relatively expensive and many Nigerians would rather buy it than the Nigerian made wax that is of equal quality. In my home region, Middle-belt (aka Northeast Nigeria), when people want to insult your choice of clothing, they can say “your clothes are local.”

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6.Middle and upper class Africans are now abandoning the tradition of naming for European names. This is also becoming a growing trend amongst urbanized rural citizens. When you go to my hometown, you will find Africans with names like Celine Dion or George Bush.

7.  White beauty standards are becoming prevalent, especially amongst urban communities. Women and, less frequently, men bleach their skin to look like white people. Others are determined to marry white women or men in order to make  mixed race children. These Africans have internalized the belief that dark skin is inferior. I have frequently heard Africans insisting that “mixed race children are more beautiful.”

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Vera Sidika before and after bleaching her skin

8. Religion- Even though Christians and Muslim are often at odds with each other, they agree on one thing: the demonization of African indigenous religions. Many Africans are opposed to indigenous African spiritual systems. They consider African religions  to be pagan, superstitious beliefs. These racist ideas were imposed by Arab (Muslim) and  European (Christian) colonialism.Today, Africans are reproducing these ideas that they have internalized.

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9. White power in Africa also applies to Asians and Arabs. African governments frequently favor their non black population–Indians, Lebanese, Chinese, white Americans, etc.–more than their black citizens.These groups are given opportunities to start businesses while natives are ignored. I noticed this, for example, in Sierra Leone and Liberia where most of the businesses are owned by Lebanese. When black citizens ask for loans to start their business they are often denied, but these governments give their support and resources to anyone that has “white” skin.

What is the way forward?

1. Admit there is a problem

2. Talk about it with your children at home, school, religious  and secular spaces

3. Work towards solutions

Additional information 

1.“Wealthy Kenyans inject themselves with creams to become white”

2.”Apartheid may be dead, but racism is still with us”

3.”Practitioners of African Traditional Religion (ATR) in Ghana have expressed disappointment…”

4. Why Do Africans (People of African Descent ) Bleach Their Beautiful Dark Skin,Perm Their Natural Kinky Hair,And Have “Pointed Nose” Operations?

5.“Model Irene Major: ‘I spend thousands of pounds to lighten my skin’

Watch her interview here: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=irene+major+interview+on+skin+bleaching&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=57171112FB9831FC395057171112FB9831FC3950

6.”Lebanon FM pushes trade in Africa”

5 thoughts on “White Power in Africa Today

  1. I have a few Black friends from Sierra Leone and they are really good people. In fact, I’ll call on them before my half-assed Amerikan friends. The thing that most Afrikan I know have in common is that damn church. That white Jesus is gonna be the complete death of Afrika (no offense most of my people are into it as well). That and the outside greed that has corrupted the politians and made them sell their country out for a handful of beans.

  2. Habari dada Dabale,

    loving the picture of the site:) aiiii Africa. The problems you mentioned are indeed a cruel reality. The powers be are doing all there can to destroy Africans (Africa) any way they can. We have always suffered in Africa, that’s the reason many of us tried/try to run away from our African identity. Having the belief that if we become more European/Arabic we could avoid suffering. Unfortunately that’s not the case. I assume that’s the case with black americans, the idea that they could come together with the white society and become one nation(post racial society). White supremacy intentions/actions have always been clear. I think its time that ALL black people (Africans) accept this truth and move forward. Great insight given in the article. We have a long way to in Africa.But we will get there.

    Yes also agree on the church comment. The whole church thing is really killing us( globally).

    So happy that you are posting sis🙂

    Have a great day and weekend.

    love/blessings
    wamboi

    • Yem yo dada Wamboi,

      it is good to be back and asante sana for the welcoming message:) As you rightly noted, I think continental and diasporan Africans certainly have a lot in common, our struggles and victories. I am convinced that inorder for us to break away from some of the roadblocks on our way to progress we must unite. It is ofcourse equally important that both sides pay attention to context, because even though we have a lot in common we also have differences. I think some of us are moving to the right direction…

      peace be upon you and I libate that the gods are leading you to the right direction.

      with love,

      Yok

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