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FLOTUS Michelle Obama has joined citizens of the world in calling to #BringBackOurGirls. The first lady tweeted the following photo and message via Twitter today.

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  • Anthony

    I think the main points being made in this thread are not mutually exclusive. Nigeria is indeed a rich enough country that it should have a military capable of defending its borders. The policy of Western countries, led by the USA, that resulted in the killing of Qadafi, has destabilized the Sahel region of West Africa.

    I would also say that Boko Haram is a good example of why there is such a large Nigerian Diaspora in the West too. Going back to Biafra, Nigeria has been dealing with periodic episodes of violence that have forced its citizens abroad. Even more corrosive is the endemic corruption that forces thousands of people to leave their home to have any sort of future. As somebody who has spent time in Nigeria, I am not surprised that the military cannot effectively counter Boko Haram, between sympathizers in the army and the theft of funds for weapons and supplies, Nigeria has ended up with an army better suited for coups than defense.

    I am an eternal optimist. It is my hope that Boko Haram embarrasses Nigeria into becoming a truly effective and integrated nation state.

    • Sad

      It kills me when people expect some cohesive marshaling of Nigerians to solve these types of “problems” when they didn’t even truly elect their own government.

      Your final sentence is a truly optimistic one. The sitting president is no more than a figure head representing interests far removed from the average citizen’s. I can bet you that Boko Haram is a foreign-funded militia designed to further destabilize the region with the ultimate goal of siphoning resources. The fact is that in this 21st century, very few of the powerful are interested enough in religion to remotely care about crusading.

      There is nothing new under the sun.

    • Anthony

      If Boko Haram is foreign funded or not, it is up to Nigerians to stabilize their country, and protect its borders.

      As a descendant of slaves, it really struck a nerve with me to hear Shekau talking about selling those girls. If there are people willing to buy and sell slaves in Africa today, I know my ancestors did not have a dog’s chance. More to the point, if a sizable percentage of people in Africa accept slavery or do not feel enough outrage to actively fight it, the continent is hopeless because it is a case of the crabs in a bucket syndrome taken to the extreme.

      If nothing else, the experience of slavery taught Africans in the Diaspora the importance of black unity. African Americans and Afro Caribbeans have a rivalry, but we all know that have our blackness in common. This is something that much of Africa still does not understand.

    • Sad

      I’m not in disagreement with your first sentence. It is ultimately up to them to shape their own destiny. But that is not what I’m talking about.

      As for the rest of your comment, I call hogwash. Please show me evidence that African Americans care a damn about unity more than the average African. Also, if African Americans have an inkling of “black unity,” why is the overwhelming sentiment on this very thread bitching about the U.S. helping this country, while they NEVER complain when the U.S. funnels billions and billions of our dollars to help white countries?

      The ugly truth is that Black Americans in general do not love themselves enough to even bother identify with other Black people (especially Africans), and every statistical metric points to that. Who are we kidding? Black Americans are incapable of practicing something as fundamental as group economics in their own neighborhoods. Stop playing.

    • Anthony

      At the very beginning of the twentieth century, one of the NAACP’s earliest victories was defeating legislation to deny entry of black immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa. No current foreign born black person would be in the USA without that early victory.
      Black people in America rallied against the Italian invasion of Ethiopia along with Afro Caribbeans, we certainly demonstrated in favor of African independence. Check out the lives of Paul Robeson and W.E.B. DuBois, if you think I am making that up. I was personally sent hate mail by the KKK I was a member of the Black Student Union at my school when I helped to coordinate with the African Student Union to boycott an Apartheid era choir appearing at my university in the 1980s. Lots of black people, from grassroots people, to lobbying groups like TransAfrica, to elected politicians worked to force President Reagan to sign legislation to restrict investment Apartheid South Africa.

      Needless to say, many African leaders like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Kwame Nkrumah, Hastings Banda, and the ANC leader, Alfred Xuma attended HBCUs when other schools were largely out of bounds for them. At

    • Sad

      I’m sorry, but you’re referring to thoroughbred Pan Africanists, not African Americans. Men of those caliber (Garvey, Shabbaz, Robeson, Carmichael) are long gone. You know as well as I do that today, Pan Africanists DO NOT exist in the African American community in any real numbers.

    • Anthony

      You simply have not looked, do not not know where to look, and probably do not care to look. Having a negative image of African Americans is comforting to you, so hold on to your delusion.

    • Sad

      Keyword “any real numbers.” Please stop deflecting and argue the points. I live in the United States. African Americans DO NOT practice Black unity. Real, hard numbers back me up. You are the delusional one spewing empty rhetoric and dodging facts.

    • Anthony

      As I said before, you live here because my people made it possible, but you are quite happy to come here and throw dirt I our faces.

    • Sad

      Again, you continue to dodge the facts. Address the relevant points and stop making stupid assumptions that have nothing to do with the argument. Sorry, I can no longer take you seriously.

    • Anthony

      So your great point is that there is nobody as famous as Malcolm X or Marcus Garvey who is actively a Pan African?
      The other is that because I cannot send you a link to x number of Pan Africanists, there are is no significant Pan African sentiment in my community?

      Malcolm X and Garvey are figures for the ages who don’t come along everyday. It is liking saying there is no competent leadership in the UK because the current prime minister is not as famous as Winston Churchill. As for activism is the community, what I said, I stand by. Do a search, and you will find local activists and volunteers with African connections. If that standard of evidence is not good enough for you, fine.

    • Anthony

      I really do need to do my job and not waste time arguing with you about something that you deeply believe and will not not change because of anything I post. I will just say that I have taught African for over twenty years, and I have had a number of African American students who were very interested Africa. several of them have visited African, and keep abreast of African affairs. I know people I every community where I have connections who visit Africa, and work there in various capacities. Americans in general are not oriented to foreign countries, and black people are no exception, but many of us do care a great deal about Africa, and black people all over the world.

    • Anthony

      I will also say that Africans really have very little ground to criticize African Americans in terms of economics. In every single country where oil is a major important, food production, and industrialization has declined as oil revenues increased. Individual Africans have become incredibly rich, but the economies of these countries have not helped the great majority of the people. Currently, many African nations are giving China open access to resources without even demanding that the Chinese hire African workers. Africans are letting foreigners deplete their fisheries, leaving coastal communities poor while government officials pockets licensing fees.

    • Sad

      What are you talking about? Your diversion as to what despotic governments are doing has nothing to do with “black unity.” Africans, by definition, practice group economics. They also subscribe to unified households and communities. African Americans patently don’t. So what black unity exactly are you referring to that African Americans subscribe to? School me please, because I’m simply dumbfounded.

    • Anthony

      Your are dumbfounded because it would go against your personal prejudice to acknowledge anything positive done by African Americans. Frankly, if you have ever come to America, or live in America, if you use public facilities in America, you do so because African Americans united to make it possible for someone of your color to do so.

    • Sad

      Okay. Now your diversion has shifted to personal attacks. You know nothing of me, so let the facts stand for themselves.

      The last time I checked, those men that I mentioned (Garvey, Shabbaz, Robeson, Carmichael) are African Americans whose positive contributions to Black progression I just acknowledged.

      I asked you to simply demonstrate how Black Americans apparently care more about Black unity than the rest, and you failed. It’s sad that you are simply unable to defend the empty fallacies that you’re spewing here and would rather resort to boring attacks.

    • Anthony

      If you bother to search, you will find African Americans who are concerned about Africa, and issues affecting the African Diaspora, it is not hard to do. Yes, I personally criticized you, because you are the person I am talking to who is making these negative and untrue accusations.

    • Sad

      What have I said that is not true? You can’t name ONE. I said, verbatim, that today, there are no Pan Africanists in the African American community in “any real numbers.” That is a true statement.

      You are the one making negative and untrue statements. Please cut out the pointless deflection and simply answer those questions. If your assertion that African Americans are the fore-bearers of “black unity” is correct:

      (1) Why is the overwhelming sentiment on this very thread bitching about the U.S. helping a Black country, while they NEVER complain when the U.S. funnels billions and billions of our dollars to help white countries?

      (2) Why are most businesses in the African American communities run by outsiders?

      (3) Why are most African Americans born into un-unified households?

      (4) Why is capital flux in the African American community net negative?

      (5) Why are there so many successful websites persuading Black Americans to date and marry members of other races?

      Name any other ethnic group in the world that does all of the above.

    • Anthony

      The reason there are black people bitching about helping Nigeria is that so many Nigerians seem to live for putting down African Americans. Do you really expect sympathy from people you always belittle? On the flip side, African Americans have always been strong supporters of South African blacks. By and large, they have not been as caustic towards us.

    • IO505

      But the Nigerians or Africans that people who are talked about as putting down AAs are generally not the ones who are suffering at the hands of Boko Haram, including the young girls and impoverished people. The sympathy should be for the girls, but people are taking this opportunity to vocalize their issues with Nigerians/Africans generally. To put it into perspective, it’s almost like people failing to care about suffering AA kids because of their negative experiences with or perceptions of AAs generally.

    • Anthony

      I am well aware that the people suffering are not the folks putting down African Americans on the internet. I am in favor of US assistance to Nigeria including lethal drone strikes as long as the Nigerian political class stands behind the US government. I simply say that killing these criminals is not the same thing as solving the problem. The solution will be a Nigerian one, if there is a solution.

    • Anthony

      Probably the most high profile person two personally invest a lot of time and money in Africa is Oprah Winfrey. Andrew Young is still around. Randall Robinson was active through the 1980s. There are lots of people like me who have been active on the local level. He may have his faults, but Jesse Jackson has always been active on African issues.

    • Sad

      So what point have you made to debunk anything that I’ve said. Nothing.

    • Anthony

      I guess a private citizen who has been willing to spend millions of dollars of her own money to educate girls half way around the world from her own home is nothing? OK.

    • Anthony

      One more thing, you say African Americans never criticize American wars, do the names Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, or Angela Davis ring a bell with you? If you thinks African Americans never criticized Iraq or Afghanistan, you must have missed the 2004 and 2008, and 2012 presidential elections, plus you must never watch MSNBC.

    • vintage3000

      “Okay. Now your deflection has shifted to personal attacks. z’

      But you can refer to Black Americans who don’t vacation in Africa as “severely retarded”. gtfooh

    • Anthony

      Are you saying that there are structural and political factors beyond the control of Africans that limit their economic possibilities? Frankly, there are structural and political factors that have undermined the economic performance of African Americans too, but I suspect you simply see African Americans as dysfunctional.

      It is inconsistent to accept those sorts of explanations in ine case while not considering them in another case.

    • eve-audrey

      I agree with you

  • Sad

    (1) Each year, the United States spends billions and billions of dollars on Israel and Europe, granting millions political asylum and all kinds of assistance on OUR dime.

    (2) This “rescue mission” will cost the treasury a measly pocket change.

    The Black Americans that complain about (2) without batting an eyelid at (1) are the same type of idiots that spend their life savings on European trips while making every effort to avoid Africa. They are severely retarded, and the slave mentality runs deep.

  • ashleydark

    if the girls for sale (for $12 if thats the real price) isn’t possible we (or who ever wants to) could buy them and give them back to their parents? thats what Chinese/South Koreans do for North Koreans, when they are kidnapped and are for sale, they buy them from their “owner” and bring them to a safe place

    • eve-audrey

      Frankly i was thinking about that too