A few months ago a report was released detailing how the US Government (AKA - The B.U.S.H. Administration) had turned away millions of dollars in foreign assistance offers made by nations around the world in response to Hurricane Katrina. The claim was that the various policies and regulations that the government has provided too much red tape for this aid to flow into this country, who is more used to giving aid. For example the acceptance of food aid or medicine into this nation would face scrutiny in the same way that these products would face for market import. Where as the commercial channel would be established after a period of negotiation, the need for emergency relief would require a more immediate turn around. Secretary of State Condi Rice told these nations to instead contribute these funds to established charitable organizations which have the processes in place to channel these resources into the country.
Needless to say - after hearing about this road block the usual suspects went on a tear. They effectively made the claim that this is yet another example of how "Bush don't like Black people". After delaying the hurricane response during the week of the disaster, after creating the framework for a slow redevelopment response, now comes news that aid from foreign nations was rejected. Oh there was a field day.
Recently the activist group "African Monitor" released a report about the BILLIONS of dollars that were promised to the African continent in the past few years have never shown up.
News Report #1
News Report #2
Where as we heard a large outcry about the lack of resources provided to "Africans in America" after they suffered from Hurricane Katrina......there has been little notice of the shortfalls in funding for Africans. On a relative basis the various people of Africa are by far in more need of resources than any American can claim. Not only do they suffer from personal lack and want, the entire system that they live within provides no hope for them to gain access to an alternative lifestyle.
Fittingly it is France, Italy and Germany who are in gross violation of their commitments. They make up the bulk of the $8 billion funding gap. Interestingly enough the same television broadcast that brought this news to my attention also noted that the United States, via a decision by the Bush Administration has pledged to double its commitment to fighting the AIDS epidemic world wide by adding an additional $30 billion in funding over the next 5 years. This AIDS program focuses on 15 countries that have the highest impact from AIDS. The majority of these nations are in Africa.
Why is it that there is such a careful crafted agenda of news that is released to Black Americans for the sake of producing an engineered result, facts be damned?