August 5, 2014 – I’m sure many of you have stumbled across a couple of these “Ebola Conspiracy Theory” conversations floating around African Diaspora social media circles. We have factions of folks who are just “oh so” suspicious about the recent unsuspecting Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone & Guinea. Then again with the exception of Guinea we should be cautious in using the word “unsuspecting” in itself with respect to Sierra Leone in that the country had a couple of months to begin preparation when Ebola hit first in Guinea, but were rather relaxed. Ebola could probably be ranked as the world’s second deadliest virus secondary to Prion disease. Nevertheless, there are people who believe that Ebola may be some sort of pseudo man-made “Western” created virus concocted in some mysterious Dr. Frankenstein Lab located in the core of the earth’s crust for the purpose of killing off African people. And for this I would like to give the longest 60 second side eye known to the history of mankind. I could think of tons of ways to kill off Africans. Thoughts of food insecurity, contaminated water supplies and warfare come to mind.
Okay! So maybe that description in the previous line is a gross exaggeration of the commentary, but you get the jest. All in all, West Africans in particular seem to be generally mistrustful of catastrophes that occur in our communities as it relates to disease outbreaks (or any thing for that matter) and feel that there is always a major culprit at the end with a pale face. Are such accusations plausible?
Possibly! There are a million and one reasons why Africans should be mistrustful of the World Powers which is in essence an extension of “The Empire”. Thoughts of slavery, brutality and the sadistic acts waged on the people of Africa come to mind.
I mean really? How could this virulent virus that has been basically linked to remote isolated villages in the Republic of Congo make it’s way all the way to countries on the west coast of Africa? Sidebar: The actually first outbreak of Ebola was noted in Sudan dating back to the late 70′s. Then of course the recent revelation of a “secret serum” tested on two missionary workers who are conveniently un-African do not serve as any consolation prize in easing people’s suspicious. Thoughts of biological weaponry and experimental testing on unsuspecting communities of poor disenfranchised African populations come to mind as well. Well as cruel as it may sound, pharmaceutical companies are in the business of business.
So what’s the 60 second side eye for? The side eye was meant for those of us who believe that “The Empire” needs to operate discretely to conspire against Africans any-more. Is it really any big secret that the world cares nothing for Africa at large? I doubt that “The Powers” that be really need to go to great lengths to conspire against “us” at this point in time and for what? Conspiring involves planning which involves a great matter of time that people who are so removed from you are not willing to invest in although inaction may still reap the same outcome but by default. African leaders have bought and sold the soul of it’s people ages ago. All Ebola did was simply expose all of the systems of inequality at work which include our so called healthcare infrastructure and the arrogance of our leaders.
In addition, why do Africans always expect the Western World to come save us? On one end, many of you despise with a passion all of the attributes the “West” has to offer. However, when the ish hits the fan you want protection from the same folks who conspire against you as you claim to begin with in the first place. That idea is absolute madness! You can’t have it both ways. Where is Africa’s scientific community and why aren’t governments investing in Bio-tech? Thoughts of Cheikh Anta Diop come to mind! America may have only given that “secret serum” to their own citizens for a myriad of reasons. Heaven forbid that this “secret serum” be given to Africans and then they suffer an allergic reaction that kills. Can you imagine how the “Ebola Conspiracy Theory” would run wild then? Listen! We are the ones we have been waiting for Africa! If you wait for what is oppressing you to free you then expect to die a thousands deaths! To be continued…..
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