Dennis Prager

Fourth, nearly every African who has given the issue thought knows that America is not only not racist, it is the best place for an African to immigrate to. That is why more black Africans have come to America voluntarily than came to America as slaves -- a statistic that virtually no college student is allowed to know.

Africans who immigrate to America know how little racism exists there. They suspect it before emigrating from Africa, and they know it after arriving in America. Indeed, America, the left's depiction of it notwithstanding, is the least racist country in the world.

Fifth, every African economist who has written on the subject and that I have interviewed on my radio show is convinced that most Western monetary aid to Africa countries not only does not do good, it does great harm. The reason, of course, is that it goes mostly to corrupt elites.

Corruption is Africa's greatest problem. Not poverty. Not lack of riches. Not racism.

The word corruption does not arouse the moral revulsion that it should. We think of it as more a nuisance than a great evil. But corruption kills societies every bit as much as murder kills an individual. Moreover there is no hope for any society in which corruption is endemic.

One final thought: Here in Cameroon, as elsewhere in Africa, the knowledgeable guides who lead tours of the slave centers note that Africans were deeply involved in the slave trade, and that without them, the slave trade could not have existed. If only this fact were taught as readily in American universities as it is here in Africa -- not in order to minimize white complicity, but because universities should teach truth. Flawed human nature has no color.


Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.
 
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