Note from the editor: The politics of race deserves
greater attention, especially when we consider how it complicates and distorts
the politics of everything else, especially in America and Africa. Recently
Gordon Frisch, a regular contributor to www.JRNyquist.com,
was challenged by an African-American reader about a piece he did for Jeff
Rense's Web site on re-colonizing
Africa. At the same time, another of our contributing editors, Anthony
LoBaido, was berated by a black reader for opposing communism in Africa.
These exchanges are of more than passing interest because they dramatize a
growing and I believe cancerous misunderstanding between the races. This
misunderstanding is deeper and more problematic than liberals or conservatives
would like to admit. At the same time, this misunderstanding is being ruthlessly
fueled by communists and other revolutionary malcontents. (See the letter, also
below, written by our Africa correspondent, Jan Lamprecht).
A reader on Jeff Rense's website, Alvin, accused the author of the
re-colonizing Africa article of racism.
I must admit that this article has, initially and on the surface,
offended me; it smacks of some of the most racist bile I have seen recently and part of me is surprised to see it on your website
(despite your disclaimer in the website's intro pages).
Nevertheless; I am considering the spirit of where it seems to be
coming from as, if I am honest, I am forced to confront the fact that I am NOT there and know far less about the land from where much of my
ancestry hails than most white people who DO live there (and many, even abroad).
Still; as of late, your offerings on Africa and race strike me as
unbalanced: Where are the perspectives written by BLACK Africans? As a descendant of a people (African and Aboriginal American) who have been
enslaved by Colonial rapacity (and a Black man who must STILL endure institutionalized racial oppression from time to time in this country,
even now) you will understand my deep misgivings and "over-sensitivity" regarding issues of race as
presented almost exclusively by people who are heir to the wealth, influence, and power shamefully
garnered by their ruling class ancestors at the expense of my own.
I will be deeply grateful if you find a way to include the perspectives offered by Persons of Colour on the great issues of our
age more frequently.
You know I respect you.
Gordon Frisch, the original author referred
to above, commented on Alvin's points as follows:
Dear Jan [Lamprecht],
Thanks for forwarding to me Alvin's and your comments to Jeff Rense. I
would like to respond to Alvin to set the record straight. Alvin is not the first person whose instant
(completely mistaken) reaction to the article was that it was racist. I assure you, and Alvin, and any others,
that nothing could be farther from the truth.
I have lived internationally for many years, on several continents,
including Africa. I met and developed many friendships in all those places, including Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and many others from other
nationalities and ethnic origins. Many remain good friends to this day and it has never occurred to me to differentiate between them on the basis of
race. They are all people, with individual personalities and cultures, who receive or do not receive my respect on a case by case basis, depending on
the person, just as with Whites.
The article I wrote on re-colonizing
Africa derived its inspiration from several directions. Yes, I saw Frederick Forsythe's article having a
similar theme, and I mostly agreed with it.
Also, a few years ago I spent a few hours (off the record) talking
with two Black Africans, who had quite lofty positions with the UN in Geneva. They both had PhD's, were highly
educated, and they were greatly concerned about the future of sub-Saharan Africa. One was from the Ivory
Coast, the other from Nigeria, and we had a totally frank talk about the mess that is Black Africa.
Astoundingly, and with no prompting whatsoever from me, they said
sub-Saharan Africa's only hope was a return of colonialism in some form. We all agreed that apartheid-like
attitudes should never play any part in any re-colonization. But there were many good
aspects to the era of colonialism in Africa. I saw it firsthand when I worked there. The
positive aspects should be welcomed and encouraged, the negative discouraged and prohibited, simple as that.
Most of my views and inspiration for the article were derived from
personal experience. I lived in Africa for a number of years and worked with Black, White and Arab Africans on a daily basis. My firsthand
observations led me to suggest re-colonialization as a possible constructive solution to sub-Saharan Africa's problems. I was directly
involved in training Blacks in Africa and there is no question that most are extremely eager and willing to learn and work. They just need the
opportunity and they are not receiving it under the utterly corrupt leadership they must endure. Their own leaders are their downfall. This is
not racism, this is fact, it could matter less what color the leaders are. There are similar faults in White-ruled countries too, it's just that it's
worst in Africa. The reasons are bound up in Marxism, corruption, nepotism, etc., the many things we talk about on a daily basis.
There is much negativism in today's world against multi-national
corporations, and some of the criticism is indeed well founded. But the flip side is that multi-national corporations also probably offer the last
best hope many Third World countries have to conquer poverty, disease and corruption. Multi-nationals bring money, expertise, opportunity, jobs and
build infrastructures. No alphabet agency in the world -- IMF, World Bank, UN -- can offer a fraction as much.
I would encourage any Blacks to communicate with others through
your site. The only "apparent" Blacks that I have ever seen doing so were
obviously so tainted with Marxist bias that they made a laughingstock of themselves. A few "apparent" Whites also had similar
outlandish leftist views and made outright fools of themselves, because the historical
failures of Marxism are indefensible. Nonetheless, let them try; throw all the cards on the table, let's see how they can manage to defend their
views. Simple truth is more powerful than all the lies in the world, if exposed. That is what your site does, much to its credit. Of course, not
all who contribute things to your site have what might be considered unprejudiced views, but let them speak, they will learn along with all of
I might add that the greatest racism and prejudice I have ever seen
anywhere in the world is in Africa, by Blacks. There is a Black on Black apartheid at work in Africa today that is infinitely more devastating than
anything Whites foisted on Blacks. As you rightly point out, at the peak of apartheid in South Africa, Blacks from the rest of Africa were still
busting across the borders into White-ruled South Africa because that's where the greatest opportunity was. Today, Mugabe's Zimbabwe is one of the
most racist and corrupt spots on Earth. And Blacks are suffering as much or more under his brand of Marxist totalitarism than
they did under white rule.
Sometime in the next 2 months, I will see Dr. George Ayittey, a
renowned Ghanian professor at American University in Washington D.C. He will speak to an international forum where I live and I was instrumental
in getting him here. We share many similar views on Africa, and I hope to talk with him about the idea of some form of neo-colonialism as a solution
to Africa's problems. He has alluded to this before, but never addressed the issue head-on that I am aware of. I respect his views greatly and want
to hear what he, one of the most respected Black African nationals, has to say on the issue.
Meanwhile, I probably understand as well as anyone Alvin's knee-jerk
reaction to the very idea of "re-colonization" as horrifying. America has its ghosts of slavery, which amount to
much the same thing. And there are still many bigots left in the USA and everywhere today who live in that
bygone era. If the world is ever to move on, it must come to grips with issues of importance and bury the ghosts of racism. Regrettably, I see
racism surging in today's world, not subsiding, and that saddens me.
But the idea of "re-colonization" in sub-Saharan Africa (perhaps it
should be termed something else more appropriate without negative connotations) is meant to be a constructive solution, not a return to a
bygone era laden with many negative attributes.
I certainly left a part of my soul in Africa. It is a wonderful
continent with many wonderful people and I have mostly very fond memories of it. Regrettably, it is
deteriorating beyond anything imaginable and I am immensely saddened to see it. I do what I can to help the situation,
through talks, articles, correspondence, etc. But until Africa gets its politics sorted out, no amount of external help will accomplish anything
Jan, through your site and the book you are writing, hopefully a few
more people will begin to see the "REAL" nature of what's going on in Africa. The world media sugarcoats everything to the point that virtually
no one sees the utter travesty that is "really" occurring in Africa. Understanding is the first step to solving a problem. Thus far the world
does not even understand Africa's problems, so we haven't yet arrived as step one in solving them. I am very heartened to see people like Jeff
Rense give you a hearing as this is vital to really solving Africa's problems. Thank you Jeff!
Take heart Alvin, I'm not a racist and I'm most certainly not
anti-African. I would dare say I love Africa more than almost anyone ... including yourself. I've been there, I've experienced it firsthand, and I
came away loving it forever. It's a wonderful, mystical place that will always be a part of me.
A reader of Anthony LoBaido's articles on
Africa responded with the following:
Subject: South African Decay
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2001 11:04:32 EDT
Your piece on South African decay cannot be left
unchallenged, because you are a one-sided racist pig that shames the profession
of journalism. All you say is how "whites" are being driven from
their land. Are you so in denial that you don't even remember the history
of how your ancestors procured the land?
Are you so stupid not to know that the land was forcibly
taken away from blacks who were thrown out by the racist government you
supported over the centuries? That land was taken by force, and it will be
returned by force. The best thing for your pillaging and raping pigs is to
leave South Africa while you can, because if you think what is going on now is
bad, wait and see when we take over the country from the appeasing ANC, we will
you into the Indian Ocean.
The problem in South Africa is that you are still too
comfortable, and nothing has changed in your status to complain about. You
are still continuing with your racism and you refuse to share the wealth of the
country, which we worked so hard for under strenuous, forced conditions.
Pray that Mbeki remains president, because he is in your
'One settler, many bullets'
Realism and race -- Jan Lamprecht
cuts to the bottom line.
An American friend of mine referred me to an article you
wrote entitled: "To Conquer Racism we must look into our hearts."
I'm a white ex-Zimbabwean, now living in
South Africa. I hate to burst your bubble, but most of the words spoken by these
people who are supposedly in favor of solving the problem of "racism"
is nothing more than a smoke-screen for attacking the West.
These people are Marxists and their only
interest is in bashing the Western world and in scamming money out of it.
Just the other day, Robert Mugabe, who also
posed as one who fights racism, blamed the Jews for the problems in Zimbabwe.
What you have here, at this conference on racism, is a podium from which to
attack America, attack Israel and attack the Western world for colonialism. Let
me remind you that it is the likes of Russia and China, with their own
despicable human-rights record who sponsored the so-called
"liberation" of Africa which went on to cause the entire continent to
spiral downwards into new levels and depths of poverty never known under
I note how the likes of Fidel Castro, Robert
Mugabe, etc. stand at the conference on racism. Castro, a man who
single-handedly ruined his own country. All these people who joke about blacks
in Africa forget that blacks in South Africa probably lived better than whites
in Russia. But nothing is ever said of this.
You would do well to take a look at my
and check out the photos section if you have the stomach for it.
Here are some quotes from these so-called lovers of
hate this system of Capitalism first and foremost. Because if you don't hate
it you will not be able to engage in real struggles against this system.
-- African National Congress
Secretary General Kgalema
speaking at a rally on 1st May 2000
Mandela dies we will kill you whites like flies.
African National Congress
Councillor Mzukizi Gaba
10th November 1997
crooks [whites], really, we inherited as part of our population.... We cannot
expect them to have straightened up, to be honest people, and an honest
community, all told.... Yes, some of them are good people, but they remain
cheats. They remain dishonest.
Robert Mugabe on BBC's
Talk About Africa program, October 2000
are not human beings.
Zimbabwe's vice president,
18th August 2001, as quoted by
The Guardian, UK