Err, Uche. I didn't mention South Africa at all. I was talking about Africa in general which got their idependence from the colonials like the British about 70 years ago. I understand, the blacks in South Africa got their liberation from White rule only in 1994. So they may need more time. But they have had 27 years since liberation. What have they achieved so far?uche africanus wrote: ↑Wed Aug 11, 2021 7:52 amcassowary wrote:
I don't understand how the Africans have a chip on their shoulder at the long departed colonials. Perhaps they had a bad experience with them. For us, the experience was so totally different. Sir Stamford Raffles founded our city, Singapore, but not our nation (that honor belongs to LKY).
Raffles is still honored in Singapore. His statue, erected during colonial days is still standing. The center of our business district is still called Raffles Square. One of our top schools is still called Raffles School, which Raffles founded. Then there is Raffles Medical, a major chain of clinics. My black American friend found it all so bizare. His comment was, "Its like you find something in Nigeria named after Lugard."
When the British left Africa, they tore down their statues, renamed the roads that had been named after some British colonial. Maybe the British treated the Africans badly. But over here, things were different. Raffles and his succesors invited Chinese, Indians and others to migrate into the country which was nearly empty of inhabitants.
Within 20 years of Singapore's founding, the immigrants prospered. One side of the Singapore River was where the offices of the East India Company were. Surviving records showed that they were dilapidated as the company struggled to make money. On the other side of the River were the homes cum offices of Chinese merchants. These were described as opulent, a sign of prosperity. So the locals actually did better than the colonials.
About five decades after Singapore's founding, the East India Company went broke and the British government took over the colony. By the time Singapore got its idependence, Chinese businessmen owned banks, plantations, businesses. So it was not a bad colonial experience for us. Things got even better for us after independence as we were free to make the best decisions for ourselves and not for London.
What went wrong in Africa that explains why so many Africans seem to bear a grudge against the white man? But whatever wrongs the British and other Europeans did in Africa, it does not explain current poverty. After all, the colonials left about 70 years ago.[/i]
You have a tendency to write rubbish. Your lack of knowledge evidently does not warrant humility on your part nor preclude you from boldly commenting on things you know nothing about.
South Africa is the way it is because of its long history of racism and racist practices that began many years ago and became formalized under apartheid in 1948. The blacks were denied access to education and the ability to acquire skills. Even where they had the requisite skillsets they were denied employment opportunities or the ability to own their own businesses. Almost every asset like land, natural resources were confiscated for the white minorities and less than 10 percent of the land was given to blacks to build and to farm on. This the source of the tragedy that continues to plague South Africa to this day.
Despite this calamity with far and long lasting consequences some misguided souls have no shame or even fear calling for an independent white country out of present day South Africa. And once again I would like to emphasize the point I have made before, this quest will never happen come rain, come thunder.
Why did British Africa and Singapore, which had the same colonial masters had such different outcomes? There is no rancour against the White man in Singapore. In fact, Raffles is still honored as the Founder of Singapore (city and not the nation). His statue is still in the same spot as during Independence Day.
Why did Singapore prosper when British Africa is still poor about 70 years since they all got independence? Why, even during colonial times, was there a class of Chinese and Indian businessmen who grew wealthy but not Africans in Africa? In fact, I note that there was a class of Indians descended from laborers brought in by the British who grew wealthy in places like Uganda. This led to jealousy and their subsequent expulsion by Idi Amin. Why, during the time when we got independence from the British, many banks, plantations, factories etc were in Chinese hands but none in African hands?