At this moment, I sometimes don’t understand Africa and our mentality. Before you come up with all sorts of comments against me, give me a chance to explain my case. I guess it’s nothing new, may be it is for some of you, but what’s my point here? I cannot understand that we’re spending our time blaming the White man for all our problems and failures, rather taking responsibility for our lives and societies. We don’t even take time to take a hard look at ourselves, our ways of thinking, our cultures, and our tribal customs and the culture of dependency, which we developed for decades. We see ourselves as a continent of pity, and we don’t understand why the Western world views us as people who are always dependent on foreign aid. I guess, we have hundreds tons of work to do, don’t you think? Before and through the beginning of our independences, our standards of living were 50 % higher than what they are now; what went wrong? I’m going to tell you the ugly truth about what I think about this problem. Our predecessors struggled, fought and died so that we can take care of the countries we have today, but unfortunately, we are too stupid not to do, because we are too busy fighting tribal wars, religious wars, political wars etc. We are a continent where being corrupt is required, in order for you to get a very good job. Our governments claim to fight for us, yet they abuse us when we question their integrity and their judgments. This is our typical mentality, someone is guilty, but nothing happens; Even if we look at facts and realize there is something wrong with the directions, we have taken for our societies, and we still support our leaders because our mindset says that the White man has an agenda. Yes, it may be true that there are mercenaries and multinationals who also support our dictatorial technocratic governments, in order for them to get an easier access to different commodities, but those who govern our countries are guilty, they seal from the poor, they enrich themselves and they make it difficult for many of us to have necessities we need like for instant food, medicine, infrastructure, education, progress etc.
A man who has caused his country to down the ditch and his own people to starve still gets support, regardless of the fact that he is starving his own people and devalued the currency of his nation, he can be forgiven because he is Black and he speaks against the oppressors. The other one makes a state coup and plans to kill those who were working for a former president, while in his country, there are millions of people who are victims of malnutrition, cholera, malaria, HIV, child abuse, child neglect etc. We still support him, even if our lives are crap. Cities are dirty as crap, but no one seems to be interested in taking care of them and build new infrastructures, yet each African country has a minister of environment, laughable. We make excuses to the world and give all kinds of reason on why we’re not making progress, as we should. When some leader from a Western world tells us that we don’t have any democracy and we don’t respect human rights, we’re too busy playing the victim by calling him or her a bigot; we’re really pathetic, I guess we deserve what we’ve got. China is now the new savior, but soon it will be the next in line for the blame game, we just cannot get enough of it these days, can we? I wander. When a husband dies, brothers, cousins, and distant cousins throw his wife out of his home because they want to inherit his good. Where on Earth does this mentality come from? Anybody, help me. Some people even see children as witches to a point where those children are killed by their own parents, I’m not saying that this just happens on the continent, but I hope you have an idea of the concerns I am trying to raise here. Dear goodness, why do we have this mindset? We can blame it on colonialism, but in my opinion, it is a load of crap.
One more thing, we have some idealistic dreams about a Pam-African way of approaching the circumstances that are occurring on the continent because we love the idea of a centralized Africa, without realizing that it’s a continent of sovereign nations that must have the right to govern themselves and be in charge of their destiny. Our nations are masters of their own fates, if we don’t see that, then we’re losing credibility to the world. We’ve got to stop being cowards and act as responsible citizens and leaders who want our nations on the prosperous path. We are our own worse enemy; we are our own far right extremists because we are killing each other like crazy for reasons that are meaningless. It’s not the Whites who are telling us to kill each other, we are doing it for them, and we are also making a fool of ourselves. In Libya and Darfur, there are lots of Africans who have been killed and they still are, many of us haven’t taken any forms of initiatives and stood up for them, yet we have this delusional ideas and Pan Africanism. You know what? I couldn’t care less about Pan Africanism; it won’t serve me or the progress that we "want" for our sovereign nations. What we went through during the colonial period and the Arab slave trade was wrong, no doubts about that, but it’s our job to get out of that mindset and focus on what kind of life we want to live in and where we want to see ourselves and the level, on which our nations should be. We’ve got to think about what kind of a legacy we want to pass on to the next generation, so that they can better educated, better equipped and better prepared to lead our societies. The problem with Africans is that we don’t have a will do anything for ourselves, I’m so sorry that I’m being so negative, but it’s a fact. We wait for something to happen, and we wait for our governments to do everything for us.
We think they’re going to live up to their promises, and we vote for them again and again, yet we complain about getting the same results. We have a hard time admitting that we’re not making as much progress as we should because we are too busy making a pity party. Africa’s problem is easy to solve in my opinion, just like I said at the beginning of this complaints. We don’t want to change our mindset, without understanding that we are the ones who create our own future. Cultures are meant to deal with realities of the moment, not what worked for 500 years, we have been successful at adapting our cultures to the situations of the moment. That’s why I’m saying that we are our own worse enemy. Our governments and our societies generally don’t teach their citizens about illegal immigration in Europe and other First World countries and the consequences it causes on both sides, because we’re too busy being imprisoned by our bloody circumstances. Here you are starving, suffering and abused, yet you’re still praising the people who put you in that situation, typical African mentality. They’re nationalizing mines, oil fields for themselves, not for their own people, but we never understand. I wander if we will. We are left with the mentality that Blacks cannot do without Westerners, we have no confidence in ourselves, yet we expect other group of people to have confidence in us.
Free societies recognize that no one is above the law; everyone is equal under the law. Africans before blaming Bilderbergers must first look at the same thing happening within Africa and leave these phantom illuminati’s alone, if they exist they are a problem for later; we need to change our attitude first. We have attracted foreign aid and poverty, corruption, bribery and destructive mentalities because we want to be a continent of pity, not taking into account that we are sending negative signals to outsiders who are sick and tired of cleaning up our mess. We’ve got to start cleaning our own mess, by the way what do we make of our nations? The nations we have because there were people who put their lives online so that we could get our independences. We want rights, but we run away from responsibility. I am not a religious person, far from it, but it’s written in the Bible that as a man think so is he. We need to take it into consideration. Before anyone calls me a sellout, save your breath; I’m a proud Congolese, just as I am proud to be a French-born individual, but we need grow up and stop making excuses. Either we change our way of thinking completely or we get ridiculed, the choice is ours to make.
About Balthazar Rodrigue
Causes Balthazar Rodrigue Nzomono-Balenda Supports
Fight against poverty, justice, freedom of expression, secularism, nationalism, conservatism, Tea Party, fight against Islamism, protectionism.