NO! THE BLACKMAN IS NOT ”CURSED!” by CAMERON DUODU
One of the worst – if not the worst – by-products of economic hardship is the way it makes a populace lose self-confidence.
In this very paper on [Daily Guide 30 October 2015] I read an article headed: “Is the Blackman cursed?”, in which, I am afraid, the writer recycled sentiments that have been circulating on the Internet for years, allegedly uttered by a racist South African. Variants of it attribute the racist sentiments to a white American.
I have never bothered trying to answer the illiterate question posed in the headline, for people will believe what they want to believe. If a Blackman wants to believe that he is cursed, who can say him nay? It is unto himself; a problem arises only when such a notion is peddled in a respectable newspaper, for then, the reader might assume that the editor agrees with the thrust of the argument, which explains why he published it. The reality, however, is that it is NOT everything an editor publishes that he necessarily agrees with.
No, the Blackman is not “cursed”. Of course, there are some Blackmen who behave very stupidly indeed. For instance, if you consider the stupidity of Generals Sani Abacha of Nigeria and Mobutu Seseseko and of (then) Zaire, and the dire poverty their people suffered as a result of that stupidity, you may think the Blackman is indeed cursed. The two men salted away, mainly in Europe, between them, at least $4 billion (4,000,000,000 US dollars!) What did they want so much money for? It’s just stupid greed that made them do it. They couldn’t have cared less whether babies died unnecessarily of malnutrition and other diseases in their countries or not.
But the fact that these two Blackmen (among several others, including the late Omar Bongo of Gabon) were great thieves does not mean that the Blackman, as such, is cursed. White people and people of races other than Black, have also stolen huge sums of money from their countries – only they use “business “, instead of politics, to steal the money. The name of one of them has even become a word in the dictionary: ponzi! Let me run through a few of them with you:
KIM WOO CHOONG: The Daewoo Group accounting scandal was the single biggest instance of financial fraud Asia had ever seen. As a result of Daewoo’s over-investment efforts, the company – which Kim had grown from a modest textile business to South Korea’s second largest industrial conglomerate – was landed with debts worth in excess of $70bn. In the period through 1997 and 1998, insiders inflated Daewoo’s equity by some $30bn in an attempt to keep the extent of the company’s losses off the books and safe from the prying eyes of investors. …The once hailed businessman and philanthropist was sentenced to 10 years in prison on May 30, 2006.UNQUOTE
But man is stubborn: if you think of what happened in this country [Ghana] in 1979, would it make sense to you that SOME politicians are still stealing the people’s money?
That is the nature of man, I am afraid.
He can be stupid enough to cut his own throat!