Obama tells Africa to stop blaming the white man for their problems

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by insider trading, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...to-stop-blaming-colonialism-for-problems.html

    Barack Obama tells Africa to stop blaming colonialism for problems


    President Barack Obama has told African leaders it is time to stop blaming colonialism and "Western oppression" for the continent's manifold problems.

    By Alex Spillius in Washington
    Published: 12:28AM BST 09 Jul 2009


    Ahead of a visit to Ghana at the weekend, he said: "Ultimately, I'm a big believer that Africans are responsible for Africa.

    "I think part of what's hampered advancement in Africa is that for many years we've made excuses about corruption or poor governance, that this was somehow the consequence of neo-colonialism, or the West has been oppressive, or racism – I'm not a big – I'm not a believer in excuses.

    Mr Obama, the son of a Kenyan, added: "I'd say I'm probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who's occupied my office. And I can give you chapter and verse on why the colonial maps that were drawn helped to spur on conflict, and the terms of trade that were uneven emerging out of colonialism.

    "And yet the fact is we're in 2009," continued the US president. "The West and the United States has not been responsible for what's happened to Zimbabwe's economy over the last 15 or 20 years.

    "It hasn't been responsible for some of the disastrous policies that we've seen elsewhere in Africa. And I think that it's very important for African leadership to take responsibility and be held accountable."

    Mr Obama told AllAfrica.com that he chose Ghana for his first trip to the continent as president to highlight the country's development as a democracy.

    Providing glimpses of a speech to be delivered in Accra on Saturday, he explained: "Ghana has now undergone a couple of successful elections in which power was transferred peacefully, even a very close election."

    Mr Obama made it clear that Kenya's ongoing instability had ruled out his father's homeland as an initial destination, despite the euphoria it would have produced.
     
  2. Don't take the title as racist in anyway

    I think Obama is sending the right message to the Black community by showing that education is cool,to marry and take care of your kids,and to stop blaming whitey for their problems like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson tells them to do
     
  3. Obama has the creditability since he was also born there.
     
  4. Good for Obama! His skin color with his words give his message strength to. Goodbye Jesse Jackson and Sharpton.
     
  5. +1
     
  6. We can only hope Jackson and Sharpton will fade away into oblivion.
     
  7. Goodbye Jesse Jackson and Sharpton.
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    Actually this would be a piece of cake. If the media would put them on the "ignore" list. There is plenty of learned opinion in the black community to draw from besides these two.

    The way it works is this: if you comment on a particular news event, you own it. If you're in a position of power and fail to do anything about it through no fault of your own, the next news item is "You don't care". Then your career is trashed.

    Guys like Sharton and Jackson know this, they're attention whores and thrive in this environment they have nothing to lose.
     

  8. Yes. That is why Jackson is so angry here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3EFymZjSLY
     
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    "I think part of what's hampered advancement in Africa is that for many years we've made excuses about corruption or poor governance, that this was somehow the consequence of neo-colonialism, or the West has been oppressive, or racism – I'm not a big – I'm not a believer in excuses.

    He said "for many years WE'VE made excuses".

    Does he consider himself one of them?
     
  10. Now that's the way to bury a good message in a bunch of noise. Ur gonna hinge a post on one word??

    Anyway, Obama is great for black America. The blame the white man mantra is as dead as the pubs.

    I mean does anyone take Al and Jessie as anything other than entertainment??:)
     
    #10     Jul 11, 2009