Saturday, April 02, 2005

Nicholas Kristof on Zimbabwe

In his column, Another Kind of Racism Nicholas Kristof writes about Africa.
If the old white regime here was deliberately starving its people [as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is], the world would be in an uproar. …

One of Africa's biggest problems is the perception that the entire continent is a hopeless cesspool of corruption and decline. Africa's leaders need to lead the way in pushing aside the clowns and thugs so their continent can be defined by its many successes - in Ghana, Mali, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Uganda and Botswana - rather than by the likes of Idi Amin, Emperor Bokassa and Robert Mugabe. …

Zimbabweans have already suffered so much from racism over the last century that the last thing they need is excuses for Mr. Mugabe's misrule because of the color of his skin.
He's right about my perception. I didn't know Africa had any successes at all.

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