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Africa.

Aids, violence, sex, drugs, black people, Chris Brown, corruption, rap music, teen pregnancy, P. Diddy, 50 Cent, KFC, and Kool-Aid.

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Let’s continue.

I would like to talk about something that’s been in the back of my mind. What the hell is up with Africa? Anyone been there lately, talk to the locals, do some good ol’ fashioned American tourism? No? Why not? Because, it simply is a place where life expectancy isn’t too high. Well, why is that? Could it be because the governments in Africa aren’t very stable? I think we’re on to something, my dear Watson.

Why aren’t Governments in Africa stable?

Well, let us start from the beginning, or, well, very close to it. I’d put the date at around the 1600 or 1700s. Society in Africa isn’t as “civilized” as European cultures. Instead of Monarchies with fairly strong foundations and a working “Law & Order” process, we have tribes. Now, there is nothing wrong with tribes. Honestly, truly, I blame Europeans for totally messing up things for Africa. African culture never really got the chance to evolve like the cultures over in Japan or China. Sure, those places had outside influence, but their origins were not violent. I think you know what I’m talking about.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade

Tribal warfare is going on in Africa during this time. Lots of it. Traders would basically set up camp on Africa’s coast, and trade with African tribes. What was it the Africans had that the Traders would want? Why, more Africans, my dear Watson! Subdued Africans at that. Tribes would capture members of an enemy tribe and drag them off to the traders, selling them. This, in turn, possibly created a more violent atmosphere in Africa. Tribes would probably fight other tribes just to make a quick buck.. er.. or, well, gold piece? I don’t know… you get the idea.

After the Slave Trade died down, I imagine a lot of grudges were made between certain tribes, perpetuating endless tribal warfare.  Violence then becomes a constant in Southern Africa. Cultures never really get to evolve as they’ve already been influenced on Europe, and it’s a bad influence. Governments rise and fall like today’s stock market, and stability and prosperity is never truly secured.

This is but one of the reasons why Africa will never truly have a stable government formed by the people of Africa. That’s not to say there isn’t a friendly face to be found on the continent, there is… but chances are, they have aids, so don’t even touch em’ with a ten foot pole. Alright, I kid. There probably are a few countries in Africa that have some stability, but even those aren’t much to brag about. The continent is knee deep in corruption and poverty [See Blood Diamonds…]

So, how will the place ever change? Nukes! No, I guess that’d be too easy. [Again, with that sense of humor of mine] I’d have to say the only way Africa would get a stable government is if some outside source came in there and shook things up a bit. In a nice way. Like a stripper on a pole. [Hah] No, really. Something like with what the great US of A did in Iraq, but less “War on Terror” and more “Happy Kwanza.” First order of business would probably be rooting out “Warlords.” [See Darfur] Take a hold on illegal weapon trading and clean up governments of their corruption [See Dictators.] Then, help the remaining, stable governments form a pact [UPSA – United People of Southern Africa, Anyone? Plus, it looks like someone had a typo when talking about the UPS… and their color is brown, too! Coincidence? I think not.

Though I probably paint a horrible picture for the people who live in Africa, the continent really does have a rich, unique, culture. It really is a shame that outside civilizations had such an influence in the way the Africa has become. I really do hope to see a day where the people of Africa see stabilization within their society… but that is a bigger change than even Obama could bring about.

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