The End Of Poverty: a treatise for curing white guilt.

While the save the world-through-charity-minus-atonement notion of western liberalism may indeed be inadequate, I wonder if treatises such as this one, The End Of Poverty, while also lacking any notion of atonement, can be used as somewhat of a guide for the unfamiliar -- along with the more deeply instructional, holistic and honest treatises of Africans such as Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa and Manning Marable's How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America -- for what exactly is needed.

Admittedly, this isn't news for anyone already along the path of redeveloping Africa for Africa's sake, or for any African in the diaspora that's working hard to redevelop their own spaces (Africa is wherever you find her). For example, to me this book and it's suggestions on how to achieve this goal seems merely a reiteration of the obvious: Boosting agriculture; Improving basic health; Investing in education; Electricity; Clean water and sanitation. Like the call goes: "Food, Clothes and Shelter; Land, Bread and Housing". Anyone who knows anyone in Africa or has ever been, and hasn't remained isolated in the western tourist travel itinerary, knows what African people want are are moving towards the worldover. So obviously we know who this book is directed at. Let's just hope that like Sheehan, that this average-at-best observation/book/action isn't celebrated as the return of Christ.

With that said, for those looking to detach from their whiteness and western isolation, I can see how this book may enlighten regarding what the basic steps are that ought to be done if there is to be any kind of effective contribution on their part. And I certainly appreciate some of the commentary correcting false notions that corrupt African leadership and incompetence is why African communities are underdeveloped. What I disagree with are the notions that this is new, that "whites" (the west) need to be talked into or coddled into realizing the route to their atonement, and that any help they give is charity and not just overdue payments on a crime committed (and probably only covering the late fee at that, just like I tried to do to Visa one time attempting to get away with paying $20 a month on a thousand-plus dollar bill. we all know that debt will be with you for life if you try and treat it like that). If that's the case, then atonement will never be achieved.

As a sidenote, the fact this is forwarded by Bono irritates me and also brought a revelatory realization as to why: this whole consumerist charity movement reminds me of Puff Daddy's "Vote or Die" campaign, don't it?! -- ambitious and empty.

Anyway, I remain skeptical as Malcolm was in the interview posted today, but also open to the possibility if it should come along. Honestly, this continuing openness probably exists because many of my peers, of all skin colors, that I observe on Facebook and Myspace are becoming "whiter" by the day, and it'd be nice if that could stop, but I'ma make it do what it do regardless. lol.

Anyone who's read Two Thousand Seasons knows the sadness in the kids hearts as they made the final decision to leave their zombie brothers and sisters behind to go start anew the work of rebuilding the village.

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