“The decendents of the slaves in America are generally far better off that the decendants of those who were not brought to America. Blacks in America should be thankful for their own personal sake that their ancestors were brought over here.”
A sentiment I think many white people have, regardless in America or Europe.
The media as well as organizations which want to ‘help’ are doing a good job in keeping many stereotypes alive about Africa and Black people worldwide.
Africa the continent, portrayed as a single mess with people starving, living in huts and living next to wild animals. Africa, full of corruption, incompetent leaders and civil wars, dependend on our white help, because they just don’t get it. Whatever this “it” may be.
Wars within African nations are commented with words like bloody, bestial, showing Black people with machetes and white people are truly able to find ‘African wars’ more brutal or uncivilicized and backward. I asked somebody white German, who stated exactly this, what he thinks that is civilized with European wars and where he can discover the civilized and not so brutal part in the German holocaust. I never got an answer. Up to now no white could tell me what was civilized with dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Our white wars are defined by who wins. Germany is considered among other European nations as the “most evil” nation ever, after WWII there were plans to turn Germany into an agrarian state so that Germany will never again be able to start a war. Just imagine it would have been Germany which dropped the atomic bombs and not the superpower USA.
American violence can be easily rugged under the carpet and those coming under attack and are exploited by America can be thankful for it. Like Iraq today.
Those who have the power make the definitions and define the double-standards by which ‘the world’ is judged and those in power can forget their own history. But the wealth of America today isn’t white people’s success, Lincoln didn’t act out of humanitarian reasons and the Civil War wasn’t fought to end slavery.
In the end, that America today is at least on paper something like a democracy, this wasn’t a white idea, but a political decision because of the Black pressure from within and some sort of pressure from outside. A nation which wanted to be the great liberator of Europe to free Europe of Nationalism, with Jim Crow still at home.
But that things may be better today in America doesn’t mean that they are good and that there may be a harder life somewhere else doesn’t mean that life at home isn’t hard.
Distorting reality to find a way to cope with white history as a white – this can only those people do who are on the privileged side of history and never had to live the negative consequences of their oppression. Only such people can create illusions that their victims have to be thankful.