There is a story running this weekend that most black folks who are obsessed with football or busy giving merchants their hard earned money so that little Shaquana can have some "Santa Claus" this year, will miss but according to the Associated Press, the Herald, Zimbabwe's state run newspaper is reporting that some believe that the United States and Great Britain are responsible for the cholera outbreak in their country.
The original story that appeared in Zimbabwe's, the Herald is here:
Say it ain't so!
Would these pillars of morality and civility really conduct biological warfare on a poor African country?
Now, most black folks who don't read anything deeper than "urban novels" with stories about how Drug Dealin' Big D got shot by Latoya's baby's daddy" or watch bootleg Tyler Perry movies, every night, instead of watching African history documentaries by Dr. John Henrik Clark probably won't pay this story any mind.
But those of us who have read "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa" by Walter Rodney, "Africa in History" by Basil Davidson, "Medical Apartheid" by Harriet A. Washington or "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" by Patricia Turner know that history teaches us that such an event is not beyond the realm of possibility.
Then again, most folks who believe that the Bloods and Crips, in this country, murder each other because "that's just what black folks do" and that malt liqour, crack and high powered assault rifles just magically find their way into poor, black neighborhoods, will refuse to believe that such a thing could happen no matter how much information you place in front of them.
I guess the old English dude, Thomas Gray was right when he said ," Where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise."
However, whether you believe it or not, as Hip Hop group Mob Deep once rapped on "Survival of the Fittest,"
"There's a war going on outside, no man is safe from..."
Especially if you're black...