Thursday, August 07, 2014

Many Unmentionables in Ebola Media Coverage

This ebola outbreak is gripping to read about in news reports. It is not the fear of contagion on Western shores but the written and unwritten realities of sub-Saharan Africa. Classic progressive signaling and approved mentionables fill reports. People need to know the horror that is the third world but know who the appropriate villains are for the suffering, poverty and filth. There is much to note and sadly much to discuss about modernity's, as well as decolonization's, adverse effects on Africa.

Start with pictures. I notice an overwhelming presence of white American and European medical professionals. This muat be that white privilege the Tumblr kids mention. Get MD, volunteer in Africa, get ebola. Privilege. What happens without those doctors? Shamans going to cure ebola? No. Haven't we been told of the rapid growth in Africa's population since 1950? Where are the home grown doctors? This can be seen but never discussed in detail because it is the physical manifestation of Western support of sub-Sahara Africa through aid programs.

There are articles trying to pin this on development, but really ebola outbreaks have occurred randomly for decades now. Development and raping the planet is a safe bad thing. An unmentionable is the massive urbanization that involves the filthiest of cities. If these are third world countries, how did a gigantic city like Lagos form and sustain millions? Why did the world foster the rapid urbanization on a society possibly not ready for it? Europeans got there, built cities out of nothing, left, and the society that had not dreamt those cities up was then asked to administer them. The West then helped them blow those cities up ten or thirty times in size and population. Watch if ebola makes it to Lagos. Lagos is 17 million people large compared to 290,000 in 1950. Might massive urban megalopolises act like horrible cauldrons of death with a disease like ebola? Oh yes, but do not question too much or the media would have to explain why those cities boomed yet live in squalor compared to Hong Kong, Tokyo, et cetera.

If they have megacities, how can they be so dysfunctional? The colonial legacy will get the blame but that legacy did not prevent skyscrapers and some urban niceties from being built. What could ever be the problem in Africa. Maybe the inverse correlation of Zimbabwe agricultural production and white population is a clue. Where are the proper medical resources to contain a bodily fluids transmitted disease in a nation of multimillions that has received millions or billions in medical aid for these very diseases? The concept of a quarantine seems to be beyond the grasp of the government or the mindset of the population. Do not just blame the government. These citizens see the disease kill their loved one and do not think of the wider circle or themselves and break quarantine or just leave bodies out for collection like a Monty Python movie. This outbreak has a kill ratio of roughly 50%, which is low for ebola. Usually ebola kills so effectively that it burns out and limits the spread. Not this time, and African dysfunction plays into ebola's strengths.

An honest media and academia would critique decolonization as much as colonialism. The opportunity for grandstanding is there since preventable deaths will occur, and these nations cannot put into effect a quarantine. What made incentives so maddeningly perverse to create cities like Lagos full of corruption, violence and disease yet still sucking in millions more? How is this allowed to stand and become worse each year? No one will dig into this because the answers will hurt too many people and reveal the rotten fruit of US global leadership. Democracy, self determination, HIV, rape and murder. It is a package under Harvard leadership. Diseases with kill ratios over 50% and higher spreading like wildfire are just a special part of the deal.

15 comments:

PA said...

The appropriate villains are for the suffering, poverty and filth are Western aid in the form of sanitation and medicine and no birth control.

Even one who loves the Africans would be hard pressed to think of a way of improving their stone-age living conditions WITHOUT at the same time creating a population explosion ming them.

The rub with African population explosions is that absent continued Western aid, it would consider collapse on an apocalyptic die-off.

Toddy Cat said...

This epidemic could be contained in about two weeks if someone responsible were running things, like the U.S. Marines in 1920's Haiti, or the old-time colonialists. Hell, even Paul Kagame over in Rwanda could do it, but unfortunately, West Africa has not produced this quality of leader in a long time, if ever. The deaths of Africans will continue, so SWPLs can prove that they're not racist. You see, it's an insane world we live in...

Anonymous said...

Africans have very high birth rates.

Anonymous said...

Patriotard nitwits like Alex Jones (and a host of small-time imitators) say that Bill Gates is trying to genocide the African population through birth control.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 9:30 Comrade Gates would never do that. He is a kind thoughtful humanitarian who loves all the world. Also he would never spy on you because you are speshul.

Anonymous said...

It's ironic that the US is having an open borders crisis at the same time ebola is spreading. of course, there's no lesson to be learned.

MSNBC ran some stats that showed 90+% vaccination rates in central america so we shouldn't worry.

the world has fallen a long way from the days of ellis island.

Anonymous said...

If contagion is the fear why are infected people being brought to the USA?
I don't worry about it because King Hussein the Messiah will smote the virus with his magic scepter because he is the one.

Anonymous said...

Sub-Saharan African needs to be quarantined on a massive scale-- but this won't happen soon enough. The ensuing horror show will (is already) awaken/ing long dormant survival genes in the West.

OK becoming destitute slowing due to progressivism? What about a fast forward effect brought on by plague? See how fast the 'state' gets trampled in that race...

Anonymous said...

How long until the mandatory vaccinations and quarantining?
I doubt the state would ever abuse this and haul off dissidents because the state is a magic chocolate rainbow fountain full of everything good in the world.

Portlander said...

In Portland OTB Africans are the second most visible immigrant group. I think there might be more Russians around, but they stick to themselves. Also, obviously they can blend in more than Latinos and Africans.

OTB Africans are unmistakable. That 20% European ad-mixture, or whatever the number is, in African Americans is very noticeable. The attitude AA's sport just confirms what your eyes already know.

PA said...

Ann Coulter makes a great point about "Christian narcissism." If those doctors really believed in what they do they'd have stayed in Africa and worked until they dropped dead.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/06/ebola-docs-condition-downgraded-to-idiotic/

Son of Brock Landers said...

Pa - Great link. I liked her article. Mission work is done for the pat on the back. Its the equivalent of swpls saying theyre considering adopting african or special needs kids.

peterike said...

Agreed. Say what you will about Ann Coulter, but she has a knack for cutting to the quick about something. And she nails this disgraceful white show-boating. Of course, given my druthers, I'd rather have the stupid white Christians who go to Africa than the ones that bring Africans here.

As for the white doctors... well any black from Africa who becomes a doctor ends up working for the NHS is Britain or in America somewhere, doing half-baked work but riding the Aff-Ack gravy train. To say nothing of gaming the system for every possible dime.

nikcrit said...

If those doctors really believed in what they do they'd have stayed in Africa and worked until they dropped dead.

Yeah, point taken. But to play Devil's Advocate (as is, to some extent, my genetic won't on a blog like this)my anecdotal experience would note that many of these Christian do-gooders that I've known or being acquainted with ----- Peace Core types, straight-up evangelical missionaries, other international social-outreach-group types, etc. ----- wind-up bringing home African spouses; I can think of at least a half-dozen instances without more than a whim of prompting.

I think the vanity you and others on this comment string are calling out is more how these do-gooders are beholden to a western-style level of material comfort, more than their displaying a hypocrisy in their feelings toward the Sub-Saharan populance. What alienates them most from their experience is the day-to-day, hour-to-hour quality of living and comfort level.

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