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Letter from Africa
The history of real racism, and human nature, is distorted by the Left.


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Dennis Prager

Fourth, nearly every African who has given the issue thought knows that America is not only not racist, it is the best place for an African to emigrate to. That is why more black Africans have come to America voluntarily than came to America as slaves — a statistic that virtually no college student is allowed to know.

Africans who emigrate to America know how little racism exists there. They suspect it before emigrating; they know it after emigrating. Indeed, America, the Left’s depiction of it notwithstanding, is the least racist country in the world.

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Fifth, every African economist who has written on the subject whom I have interviewed on my radio show is convinced that most Western monetary aid to African countries not only does not do good, it does great harm. The reason, of course, is that it goes mostly to corrupt elites.

Corruption is Africa’s greatest problem. Not poverty. Not lack of riches. Not racism.

The word corruption does not arouse the moral revulsion that it should. We think of it as more a nuisance than a great evil. But corruption kills societies. There is no hope for any society in which corruption is endemic.

One final thought: Here in Cameroon, as elsewhere in Africa, the knowledgeable guides who lead tours of the slave centers note that Africans were deeply involved in the slave trade and that, without them, the slave trade could not have existed. If only this fact were taught as readily in American universities as it is here in Africa — not in order to minimize white complicity, but because universities should teach truth.

Flawed human nature has no color.

Dennis Prager is a nationally syndicated radio talk-show host and columnist. His most recent book is Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. He is the founder of Prager University and may be contacted at dennisprager.com.



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