1.10.2016

It Was White "Awareness" Which Endangered These People in the First Place


I'm a little late to the table on this one because I've been busy, but as my birthday approaches and my patience thins as I age, I really wanted to weigh in.

I'm not going to rehash the whole story of the Hungarian journalist - pictured above in all the pictures - who claimed she was raising "awareness" about secluded tribes by taking pictures of seven African women and then photoshopping her face in place of theirs.  By now, we've all read the story and its various satirical incarnations.

The first photoshopped pic, if you notice, is of a Himba woman (it's always the Himba).  For those of you who've been at the Bar since 2010, you'll recall that I wrote about the Himba a few times, and thus they are the perfect example of the issue we all need to discuss that I've noticed no one has so much as mentioned thus far.

The reason the Himba only number at 50,000 is that White people (specifically the Germans, in this case) actively engaged to wipe them out.  It was White "awareness" of their land and their resources which signed their death warrant. Not once in all the back and forth about this latest racist debacle did I see where people - especially White people - were bringing this up.  Instead, it was the whole, "It's a such a shame everyone's ganging up on this poor White woman instead being aware that these cultures are disappearing," with the unspoken add-on, "you know, 'cause Africans are just so messed up."

This is why in 2016, I'm going to even less interested than ever before in White commentary on Black people.  Unless they're cutting fat reparations checks to every Brown country they fucked over and then shutting up and getting out of the way of our progress, I'm really not all that interested in what most of them have to say.  White "Awareness" is simply White Saviorism: toxic, and everybody knows it.  Why do you think so many Brown people's cultures are still on the brink of being wiped out now in the 21st Century?  You think the continued deforestation, trading agreement manipulations, state-sanctioned police murders, the poisoning of a 60% Black city, and the sterilization of 500,000 Kenyan women are all accidents from half a century to multiple centuries ago?

Or this:
In March 2008, former French President Jacques Chirac said:

"Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third [world] power"

Chirac’s predecessor François Mitterand already prophesied in 1957 that:

"Without Africa, France will have no history in the 21st century"

At this very moment I’m writing this article, 14 African countries are obliged by France, through a colonial pact, to put 85% of their foreign reserve into France central bank under French minister of Finance control. Until now, 2014, Togo and about 13 other African countries still have to pay colonial debt to France. African leaders who refuse are killed or victim of coup. Those who obey are supported and rewarded by France with lavish lifestyle while their people endure extreme poverty, and desperation.

It’s such an evil system even denounced by the European Union, but France is not ready to move from that colonial system which puts about 500 billion dollars from Africa to its treasury year in year out.
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These are all happening nowWhites are "aware" of them now, and they are doing nothing, because to actually do something would negatively impact their lives.  And they're well "aware" of that as well.

19 comments:

  1. Why the flip are countries paying reparations for their freedom? Um.. am I to assume America is paying reparations to Great Britain because they so called broke free? So that is how they do it terrorize the countries leaders to ensure that they continue to enslave them. F that, its more than money Africa is being forced to give up their resources. This is that ish I hate they make it seem like without Europe the world will end, but its without Africa they will end. Which is why they all pack up and move there enjoying life while we have to move to their countries and be subjected to second class citizenship. Pride and value and knowledge of ones culture is important. I just can't with these people. Anything that requires giving up proiviledge is hard work to them and their history shows hard work, unless deception and war counts, is not their fortay.

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    1. Why the flip are countries paying reparations for their freedom?

      As soon as I posted it, a commenter was like, "Is this still going on? It needs to stop right now!"

      I think of all these countries sacrificing billions in dollars every year to France, and what they would be like it if they didn't have to. Notice that when discussing the poverty in those countries, Westerners never bring up this colonial pact. They talk about what the World Bank and IMF is doing to help the rates of poverty (read: fuck things up further). They don't talk about $500 billion/year payments or 85% of foreign reserves being held hostage in European banks - no, no, they never mention that.

      And this is what gets me about the White Western world - they've stolen everything and their countries are still broke and/or in debt. What the fuck is that about? How can you take everything and have nothing? Mind you, the French government taxes the ever-living shit out of its citizens on top of these stolen funds. And yet their economy...is still shit! What is going on????

      You've got two French Prime Ministers 51 years apart flat-out stating on record that without - quite literally - stealing money from Africa, their country would be finished. what the hell?

      And then to add insult to injury, White people consistently tell themselves - and the rest of us - that Brown people are the ones who are fucked up and just can't get it together.

      Seriously, these countries need to stop the payments, take their money back, and just let France deal with the consequences. If France - with its shite economy - wants to declare war, then so be it.

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    2. Sorry guys, but its not that simple. The world is operating on credit. That is just the blunt truth. There is a documentary called Inside Job that everyone needs to watch. It illustrates the whole banking crisis and points out how we are all tied together. So Ankh if France's economy took a sheet so would everyone else's. We are literally tied together whether we like it or not.

      Who all do we (as in America) owe money too? Hong Kong, Belguim, Luxembourg (a really small country that we owe over $144 billion to), Russia (yep I said Russia), Switzerland, Taiwan, Brazil, Japan, China, and the good ole USA. Now this is public debt. For the foreign countries we borrow money to keep our economy growing. We pay (and we have to pay) interest on this debt at least. And these are just the top countries we owe debt to. Everyone (countries) has borrowed money from each other.

      So if someone decides that hey I'm not paying you ish. Well that's all good, because they will not have money to pay their debts and economies all over the world tank. ALL OVER THE WORLD.

      Now Africa has vast resources. Vast. The problem all countries have is that their debt outpaces their economy. When that happens trouble is soon to follow. And I'm not even talking about the money Amanda O mentioned above.

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    3. The world does operate on credit and a vast majority of countries have borrowed from one another, but reparations to me does not count as money that oppressed countries have borrowed. If France does not receive that unearned money they could easily find another way to finance their economy. My main issue the rock and hard place African countries are between. They are giving up their hard earned money to the Western countries and then have to borrow money from the IMF and the rest of these countries to sustain their own way of life. They would be able to sustain themselves if they did not have to pay out money to the West. This system of credit does unfortunately affect everyone but as we are seeing now this system is not as effective as told before. Speaking on the point of countries debts outpacing their economy I agree as well. I think its interesting that America cannot account for their debt, they scream debt but sent Israel aid, they scream debt but build prisons, they scream debt but fund military's and weaponize their police, it makes me question where tax money is going because its not the debt. Even with debt there is a reason some countries can bounce back compared to others, those that know they are spreading themselves thin i.e. America, France and the others need to quickly think outside the box because a day will come when these African countries will stop paying and then what?

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    4. "They would be able to sustain themselves if they did not have to pay out money to the West." -I agree that colonial debt should be forgiven and forgotten. It would go a long way to getting African countries on their feet. But now that they have entered into this game with everyone else of borrowing there is no way out.

      As for our tax money yes a small portion does go towards debt. Well the interest on that debt. The rest goes to education, military, medicare, social security, food stamps, Head Start, housing, transportation.

      And sadly no country has bounced back from debt. Not ONE! There are only five debt free countries in the world and they were never in debt to begin with. Brunei, BVI, Macau, Palau, and Liechtenstein (which has a black princess). All of them have populations under a million.

      And yes the US sent money to Israel (who got the most 3.1 billion), but they also sent it to 142 other countries. If we stopped foreign aid we would save over $30 billion dollars. http://mondoweiss.net/2015/11/spends-billion-foreign

      "then what?"- the world will collapse. Everyone is screwed. There are just not enough resources to supply the demand the world has now. People love making fun of those doomsday preppers. Better start paying attention.

      My question is how would you recharge an economy of a country?

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    5. Amanda O,

      For real. Since the days of the Greeks and Romans, Europe has clearly been unable to thrive without "help" from the outside. They had to conquer and expand because all the best shit was to be found outside Europe. They have been straight-up #NillaRich for the last 2000 years and some change (except for the Dark Ages), and Brown people worldwide need to declare that the bill is due.

      The inevitable decay they're staving off is ultimately their fucking problem. Just because economies are linked doesn't mean they can't be de-linked. We owe them nothing; it's not our job to feed and fund them simply because our continents are blessed.

      Europe is not entitled to a single solitary blade of grass in Africa. By the size and consistency of these payments, we know that Africa is obviously a baller and always has been. We have the money, and so there's no reason why we shouldn't just keep our fucking money.

      The payments these fourteen countries have been making need to be re-titled as a loan, that loan needs to be declared due. I'm from Cameroon. Cameroon is a former French colony currently battling a 30% unemployment rate, and a host of other socioeconomic crises. Cameroon has salt, gold, oil, tea and coffee plantations, sugar cane, cocoa, vast forests of medicinal herbs - and the bulk of that abundance is harvested and exported to improve the lives of Europeans who are taking additional funds on top of that, right now in the 21st fucking Century. In other words, we basically pay France to take our shit.

      Many Cameroonians living around the world could be home right now. I could be chewing sugar cane, sitting on my late grandmother's bamboo bed near her old three-stone fireside, cracking jokes and telling stories with my cousins right now. I miss that. We've all since been scattered across four continents because our economy doesn't serve us; it serves the people who colonized and enslaved us.

      If the Western world wants to live off debt, then fine. That's their business. That's their precious "way of life." We'll be happy to give them loans, so long as they understand that the bill will eventually come due. And if they can't pay it, we'll understand perfectly if they want to send over some White folks to help work off that debt.

      *mic drops in melanin*

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    6. I would recharge an economy by first limiting its debt. I would start at the top, giving aid is one thing but giving 22.1 Billion of however much aid to Israel a country that is not struggling by any means is an issue. Cut off the aid, why give aid to countries that could handle their own if they stopped trying to declare war every 5 seconds i.e. Israel and France. America gave to 142 others countries, but which countries received the most aid? I bet it was wealthy to do countries that mismanage their money. I would move the power of coin and purse back to Congress instead of the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve gives us money and taxes us on the money we take out, they need to be done away with that would seriously help cut a lot of that "unaccounted" for debt. I would cut off funding to the military, yes we need them, but having a base in every country is spreading us thin. God did not come down and ordain America as Queen of the seas and the peer mediator of the world, they need to fall back. We need to get rid of all the old planes and stuff we have that we don't use, we need to not militarize our police like they are at war. I would comb through the budget see where we are wasting money and cut it. My main issue would be the Federal Reserve because the interest they tax is ridiculous and we shouldn't even be using them.
      There are countries that can bounce back and those are countries that don't have a military presence everywhere. I will use China as an example, they are occupying Nepal and Tibet unlawfully might I add, but should anything happen China's economy has bounce back faster and better than America's. I believe African countries would be able to become debt free if they weren't paying reparations, same thing with Haiti. Those reparations were forced on them to keep them in debt. I don't think the world would crash if we stopped with foreign aid, those countries that lived beyond their means would and that would be western countries and America. As for the money going to helping us, I truly want an independent investigation as to where our taxes are going because so many politicians have money in Swiss accounts, and I won't believe otherwise. So I want to see where the money is going because social security will eventually end so I wonder what excuse they will come up with.

      To Moi, Europe knows the game they are playing that is why they stay watching Africa out of all their former colonies, they refuse to let got of the African continent because its the one continent that can sustain itself and has not bled itself out unlike others. Look at everyone watching Nigeria and other African countries economies knowing they will be powerhouses and the Western countries are always going to find a way to be part of that if they don't try to destroy it first. Africa needs no one while everyone needs them. That is why African countries need to be extremely cautious with everyone running to them, Asians included. If my people can't go to your land and enjoy life, then don't think you will come to my land and enjoy. It's sad that we have to leave our land only to struggle in other countries, but they come to our countries and live lavishly. It always leaves me confused and angry.

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    7. Stopping foreign would be a good beginning. I would stop it for all countries for a period of at least five years no more than ten. And Israel was the most "well to do" country to receive aid.

      I do agree that the Federal Reserve is playing with our money. But I do not trust Congress either.

      As for the military. You can stop all funding, but you won't have a military. Most of the bases have closed down due to military cutbacks. Plus they can't get rid of all the old planes and stuff because its used for parts.

      I think China would bounce back, but at a very slow rate. Their problem would be unsustainable growth. And now that the baby lift has been lifted its going to get worse.

      I do believe that reparations should be forgiven. I also think the majority of African nations need a thorough cleaning out of their governments. Many of these leaders are in league with the West.

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    8. I do agree that the Federal Reserve is playing with our money. But I do not trust Congress either.

      I don't trust Congress either, but they wouldn't be able to get away with half the Federal Reserve gets away with.

      As for the military. You can stop all funding, but you won't have a military. Most of the bases have closed down due to military cutbacks. Plus they can't get rid of all the old planes and stuff because its used for parts.

      I didn't know that. I thought they were keeping the planes to fly during those remember the old war events and stuff.

      I think China would bounce back, but at a very slow rate. Their problem would be unsustainable growth. And now that the baby lift has been lifted its going to get worse.

      Very true, I don't understand how their population continues to grow out of control even with that "one drop rule" that was in place for years. But they did need to cut back because they are overpopulated and their pollution is too much. Plus it would cut them needing land in African countries due to overpopulation.

      I do believe that reparations should be forgiven. I also think the majority of African nations need a thorough cleaning out of their governments. Many of these leaders are in league with the West.

      We are in infinity % agreement. So many corrupted officials are such ruthless puppets. They just uncovered the former Nigerian president Sunny Abacha money he hide in Swiss bank accounts. Like how can you let your people suffer and be stealing money from them. That makes me angry and just disgusted.

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    9. I didn't know that. I thought they were keeping the planes to fly during those remember the old war events and stuff.

      Okay this part confused me. Modern miltary planes when of no use are torn down, used for parts, or still being flown. Now if you are talking about the old WWII type planes then those belong to private owners who do still fly them in old war events. Its their money maintaining them. They actually buy them.

      I don't understand how their population continues to grow out of control even with that "one drop rule" that was in place for years.

      This has been uplifted as of last year. I do not know how much affect it will have though since the poorer citizens will still not have money for extra children.

      Like how can you let your people suffer and be stealing money from them. That makes me angry and just disgusted.

      This is one reason Haiti is so bad off. Papa & Baby Doc Duvalier drained the country dry and lived like kings while the people suffered. It will be centuries before they recover. If ever.

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  2. White savior story # god knows.

    White people can't get why some people are " ganging" up against this woman? Maybe because people like you and other Black people from the diaspora have been doing the same thing for years but is often accused of playing " victim " and "race-baiting" Secondly, because it doesn't matter if the person is actually from that place and/or culture and would have a better understanding of them, unless a White person say it, they will not listen to you and lastly, is she really about the cause if the Himba people getting bored and just wanted something to do?

    " This is why in 2016, I'm going to be less interested than ever before in the White commentary of Black people.."

    The same here. Everytime, I read similar White Savior stories, I either grow bored with them or don't take them seriously. It reminds of that Kony 2012 news story where Jason Russell supposedly was trying to
    "capture" Joseph Kony but the thing is that the natives from his country said that he hasn't been seen in Uganda since 2006 and that the Uganadan army and Sudan's People Liberation are riddled with accusations of rape and looting,but the Invisible children defends them...(Jezebel.com) Now did Russell and his White saviors seemed interested in the world saving these kids? Look at some blogs and you'll see just how interested they really are in Black people because they really aren't. It's just something to do and for them to get recognized for their " bravery".

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    The United States and other industrialized countries were created from stolen wealth and borrowed stuff. I thought about what you said about the remark that France made about being broke without Africa. It just goes to show you that Black people are more powerful than were being led to believe. Africa can't be that broke of a continent for France to be scared of losing them. I also think the same about the United States, they will not give African-Americans reparations, I think ..besides racism..because they feel that the country will go broke if they did.Now that Africa is in the news about becoming even more powerful with their wealth, I would be weary if I were in their countries. The White man is going to loot there like never before.

    As a whole, the US isn't as powerful as they think they are. If they were, then why is that the have to borrow money from other countries( We have to pay China their dues)? Come to think about most industrialized wealth are not truly their own.

    About nearly two years ago, I was looking at the Made In America segment on ABC news where the reporters were going around stores, car dealerships and so on to see how many things was actually made in the states. At the end of the program, the reporter BARELY found anything made from here. From washcloths to cars, barely any products was made from the U.S.

    Just imagine if all of a sudden..we decide to give everything back to the rightful owners of these things. Even with some of the things made in the U.S. that were created by Blacks/other minorities ..lets imagine giving that all back to them( the Whitehouse included ..lol!) and see how powerful , this country would really be?

    A powerful country shouldn't have to borrow money. Let the U.S. tell it, we are an economically sound nation. I remembered when they said that the US had to borrow money from China..a part of me just laughed,not because China is in bad shape..it's from that,but to know that the most supposed powerful countries in the world have to borrow money from another one looks weird and hypocritical.I guess all of that greed is lowering the U.S. financial power.



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    1. "About nearly two years ago, I was looking at the Made In America segment on ABC news where the reporters were going around stores, car dealerships and so on to see how many things was actually made in the states. At the end of the program, the reporter BARELY found anything made from here. From washcloths to cars, barely any products was made from the U.S."

      Yes, I remember that. Even one of the very few 'Made in America' items they found was really 'Assembled in America with foreign-made components'. Sitting in a country flooded with foreign shit (seriously, we have a lot of cheap dumped goods clogging our shelves), I was floored.

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  3. One question for this reporter is Why did she have to photoshop herself into the pictures? What was wrong with just showing the various people who actually belong to that culture to get your point across? We didn't need to see 8 shades of you. How does that help? It doesn't.

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    1. How else would she make it all about her while allegedly shedding light on other people?

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    2. Yep.. I don't think she bit more care about the Himba people than I do about Donald * cough * Trump.( Actually, he makes me want to puke).

      OMFG!! not to get off the subject,but did anyone read the newsflash about the Nigerian dance instructor to was told to get lost from a White owned dance studio because she was "too basic"?
      (Source: Thegrio.com)

      I had to make sure that I wasn't going blind or just reading stuff. I mean..I could not believe that the broad(The White dance instructor) said that to Kelechi(The victim of the studio's racism). I dropped to the floor in uncontrollable laughter when I read that. Who are the originators of African dance? African people. Who would know their dance better than them?

      This cultural theft with White folks is getting out of control. A couple of weeks ago, I was reading about Joss Stone being number one reggae artist of the year( Kidding me..right? Source:independent.co.uk)I remembered when she went RandB.Now I'm not Jamaican,but something is terribly wrong with this? I can think of tons of young Jamaican/ Caribbean artists that should gotten this. Naw..this isn't right whatsoever.

      I guess this is one reason TV and radio has become soooo dead to me. It's about making everything about White society and doing their best to screw over other people's cultures. They really need to all POC's do their thing. They can smell rats with their POC appropriations and it never will work for them. It just won't.



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    3. Yep I heard about that story a few days ago from my fam. The white instructors video compared to Kelechi's was just............ ridiculous. I believe that they felt threatened and wanted to call her style basic to make themselves feel better. At this point those who want to steal culture will continue to do so and the media will continue to try to prop them up, we just have to make sure we shun them and keep them away.

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    4. Authenticity is the key word here, at least for me. Like Persephone from the Matrix, Whites have an irresistible need to Sample the Authentic Other. Why do whites go to foreign restaurants and then bicker over the details? Why do white chefs go through such pain to get the taste of Italian, Spanish or French cuisine just right? It’s all about Authenticity, or as one writer puts it: Craving of the other.

      Traditionally whites don Black Face primarily as a form of Escapism. To wear us like costumes while they act out all types of racist fantasy is not enough, nor is it enough to see themselves mirrored in the other’s skin. The portrayal has to be akin to what they know to be genuine. The problem is, any effort to be true to Black/African culture fails because its invariably interpreted through a white lens. Photoshop remedies the problem (In-Part) by taking the guesswork out. For this woman it wasn’t enough to dress up in traditional markings of the other, (much like Rachel Dolezal), she needed to take her interpretation ‘Further.

      By fixing it so her attributes bleed through (and in this case) ‘Usurps the cultural features of the Other, she has succeeded in ’Becoming the Other. In her disconnect how can it be blackface if there’s a genuine attempt at paying homage to the culture? Least in this way she can Raise Awareness and feed her Savior Complex: while securing her Centrality/Misogynoir as well. From this point on there can be no conversation about these particular people without incorporating both Her and Her Whiteness as a 'Central theme. There can be no conversation about “THEM” without inadvertently focusing on “HER.” It will always be about 'HER and HER narrative: 'HER and HER self-aggrandizement, ‘Blacks be damned.

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  4. TheSecretNinja20012/16/16, 12:04 AM

    wow...just no words...i can't really contribute to this conversation other than stating that i am completely and utterly disgusted by white people and their insane obsession of everything black. the gall of these people i mean really?!?!? and then have the nerve to be outraged at being called out?! i am too damn done!!!!

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  5. TheSecretNinja20012/16/16, 12:06 AM

    and that picture...that lady is crazy! crazy!

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