Oh Dear, Prime Minister David Cameron is embedded in a firestorm of controversy, and Africans are pissed at the Brits once again. Mr.Cameron declared that the issue of homosexuality in Africa will be,’one of the factors that determine our aid policy’, and that African nations ought to revisit some of their atrocious human rights record on the issue of homosexuality. Lastly, any development from western countries will consider the issue of homosexuality laws as preconditions for development aid. A human rights based structural adjustment programs, if you will, is what Monsieur Cameron has in store for our backward gay-hating African brethren.
Look, who can possibly object to a campaign that is directed at curbing the anti-human, and melicious campaign against our homosexual African brothers and sister. Well, actually, I know some who will object to this…
However, brace with me folks, I’m about to use ‘big english’ and ‘go in’ as the cool kids say on Monsieur Cameron’s derrière. Let’s compare some facts and notes before we start blackmailing the darkies. Numero uno, many of the anti-homosexuality laws in Africa are remnants of Africa’s past as
Europe’s bitch as colonized peoples. Number two, much of the controversy surrounding homosexuality in Africa is built on Uganda’s proposed bill that will give their homosexual citizens the death penalty for surfacing dormant homo-erotic feelings engaging in homosexual acts. One can appeal to racist and colonialist thinking and automatically assume that these type of laws can only come from the feeble mind of an African. Or, we can be intellectually honest and address the real root of African’s dirty dance with religious fundamentalism and conservative values…Hmm…could it have anything to do with this….
The Evangelical movement, born and bred out of the Good ole U.S.A, has captivated African audiences for a while now. Starting with baby Bush’s HIV policy that promoted abstinence as the best policy against HIV/Aids, many
bat-shit crazy Christians have made African nations their own Sims-styled petri dish for an experiment in moral utopia, and it is because of these influences that many Africans are appropriating anti-human philosophies.
But wait a minute, why single out the treatment of homosexuals as the litmus test for Africa’s experiment with human rights. The treatment of women is about several degrees above the treatment of malaria-carrying mosquitos. Minority religious groups, and even children are victims of Africa’s flirtation with religious madness (They burn children in Nigeria for witchcraft. I wish I was kidding.). We have megalomanic leaders who spend more time popping bottles in Europe rather than, I don’t know, err, say, GOVERN? yet, this is the single issue that manages to inspire ire amongst liberals and purveyors of human rights. Me ponders, is the issue of sexuality in Africa simply a smoke screen to justify a homage to that old ‘parent-imbecilic african child’ dichtomy that worked so wonderfully in the past. It seems the patronizing and borderline racist need to parent Africa lives on, and is written in every nuanced rhetoric expressed by Cameron and many westerners.
After all, we are incapable of economic, social, and political development on our own, its only fair that David Cameron helps us along the social evolution process by blackmailing us, and send us kicking and screaming into modernity. It’s for our own good. Africa has a long journey to realizing democracy and civil liberties. But so does Arizona. The need to continually single out Africans and hold them to a moral test failed by the rest of the planet is orientalist and intellectually dishonest at best.
I will finish off by reminding those with similar sentiments to Monsieur Cameron that South Africa has had same sex marriage legal since 2006, while the first of lady of civilization, England, is still debating the issue and hopes to have it resolved in 2016. Let that be a lesson to all of you who think they have Mama Africa figured out. We have problems, but it is our problems. If you want to help, start by not thinking like this….