I have heard that silly overpopulation argument about Africans on the continent. To feel ‘good’ in the face of seeing the impoverishment of Africans on television, people quickly resort to blaming the victims. This overpopulation talk comes up in many quarters. I remember when there were discussions in Trinidad about poverty, some Indians were making the claim that Africans make too many children. Of course, that was just plain foolishness, especially so in Trinidad where Indians numbered the same as Africans.
You have presented a decent counter argument, except one might say that a large part of Africa is inhospitable desert, although they can surely make there hospitable like Las Vegas (without the casinos and all that goes with them).
That overpopulation line is based on racism. When overpopulation is discussed, the finger pointing always starts with Africa/Africans. They would really like to see a reduced number of dark-skinned Black Africans who they do not immediately need for cheap labour.
I feel more Diasporan Africans should consider Repatriation; however I do not feel to make such a move. I am already very involved with works that are geared towards assisting and raising the awareness of Diasporan Africans, Continentals and others from right where I am. I would not give that up to reside and work on the continent.
My future travels to the continent will include meeting with the operators of a school that is interested in doing student exchanges. We are hoping to involve students from the continent so they can travel to learn about and experience Diasporan Africans and others, while sending some of our students to Africa so they would be able to experience Continental Africans on the Continent.
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