All Black States Are Failed States
by David Sims
AN AFRICAN named Chigozie Obioma has written an article, “There Are No Successful Black Nations,” for Foreign Policy magazine, calling for an end to the uncritical stance toward Black countries fostered by the current power structure. He says that without a more critical view Africans will never be able to build a self-sufficient state.
I like this paragraph from Obioma’s article:
Nigeria, the most populous black nation on Earth, is on the brink of collapse. The machineries that make a nation exist, let alone succeed, have all eroded. One might argue that the nation’s creation by self-seeking white imperialists engendered its failure from the beginning, as I did in my recent novel. But this is only a part of the cause. A culture of incompetence, endemic corruption, dignified ineptitude, and, chief among all, destructive selfishness and greed has played a major role in its unravelling. The same, sadly, can be said for most other African nations. States like Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea are farcical democracies ruled by men who exclusively cater to their interests and those of their clipped circles.
The silliness is in the third sentence. Nigeria was created, in the first place, by Whites. The Blacks living on that territory before then had not built a country because they did not have the competence to do so. After Blacks took over power in Nigeria, things started to fall apart, as they always do — as they did in Haiti, as they did in Zimbabwe, as they are doing right now in South Africa. As Obioma himself noted in his title, “There are no successful black nations.”
But the blame must be put on the White man somehow. So Obioma constructs a sentence out of nonsense: “One might argue that the nation’s creation by self-seeking white imperialists engendered its failure from the beginning, as I did in my recent novel.” That statement would certainly set off almost anyone’s BS detector, but, if it doesn’t, then the way it is worded obfuscates the truth that the Black man’s incompetence was the cause of Nigeria’s failure after the end of the British colonial period.
I’ve heard Blacks arguing that Nigerians are competent to maintain their country because it has satellites in Earth orbit, which at first seems to be an unquestionable demonstration of technical competence. But Nigeria “has” orbiting satellites only because it purchased them. Nigerians neither made nor launched the satellites themselves. They were made either in China or in the United Kingdom, and they were launched either on Russian Dnepr rockets or on Chinese Long March 3 rockets. This is another Black argument that sounds good at first hearing, but which turns out to be yet another case of hoax and over-inflated claims when you check the details.
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