One of the most vexatious features of the African American experience is its persistent friction with law enforcement personnel. The subject of at least seven Tennessee Coates autobiographies, why this demographic is so maliciously targeted by police can only be explained by either racism or overwhelmingly disproportional violent and criminal behavior. All other hypotheses are, frankly, unpersuasive.
What’s perhaps most galling is the global span of this phenomenon. Wherever they alight, African Americans always attract the scrutiny of local constabularies. And the African American community in Africa may be the most aggrieved of all. The subsequently fractious relationship between majority members of sub-saharan police forces and minority African black lives matter activists can sometimes result in a popcorn bag of unsecured noggins.
March 25 (UPI) — A Congolese militia ambushed and beheaded 42 police officers in one of the most gruesome incidents of violence in the country recently.
The New York Times reported Saturday tensions have flared after a series of videos surfaced online of government forces killing civilians in the region.
And if police profiling of black Africans wasn’t enough, they also must contend with the caprices of war and weather supremacy.
Somalia’s president on Saturday asked leaders of an African trade bloc to help his country find a durable solution to the Somali refugee crisis, including reintegration of returnees inside the Horn of Africa nation, where a civil conflict is now in its 26th year.
At a special summit in Nairobi on Somali refugees, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, commonly known as Farmajo, said that “about 2½ million Somali refugees and IDPs [internally displaced persons] live in camps in and out of the country. Tragically, some have lived in these camps for three generations, all because the environment wasn’t conducive enough in Somalia for them to return.”
“The current drought and the looming famine pose yet another challenge to voluntary return. We must not leave a stone unturned to avert another famine in Somalia,” he said at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development summit.
You can’t reasonably expect a country to resolve its civil war in just 26 years. Though in light of heads tumbling down hillsides in the Congo and the languid pace of military pincer movements on the Mogadishu front, what does this state of African American affairs in Africa imply about the refugee industry? The answer is that it is built to last. If Western states (and, of course, only Western states) are obligated to absorb Africans when the latter are at war, then they are obligated to absorb Africans unconditionally. Its perpetuity is a feature of the premise.
African drought operates under the same business model. As the Somali president himself observed “The current drought and the looming famine pose yet another challenge to voluntary return.” In more candid terms he is saying: We’lł accept returns on our ceaseless diaspora just as soon as we stop fighting and the Horn of Africa rains like the Amazon basin. This being an effectively identical statement to: They’re all yours, chumps. And our females have many more in the supply chain.
Though droughts are a topic worthy of more discussion than they typically receive. They’re much like the people who are Just Trying To Make a Better Life for Themselves. Both exist practically everywhere, but only a certain kind presents the left with a useful expedient.
Here’s a for-instance: did you know that right now over 11 million people live in a drought area in Florida? An additional five+ million live in drought conditions in Georgia, and three+ million in Oklahoma. Obviously these pitiless and unpredictable vagaries of American climate compel a program of mass refugee intake by the Danish government. I assume even the most stoic Scandinavians aren’t prepared to just watch us all die. As for the Israelis, Saudis, and Chinese, I’m not so certain.
Though the key point is that African Americans face police and weather oppression wherever they live. Those with the foresight to avoid these inveterate conflicts are truly the most white-privileged of all.