When we see negative images of Black people in the media, we are rarely given the historical and economic context for these issues.
See: Child Soldiers in the Congo
Lenny Henry in the Slums
The context is that the African continent has been plundered by the West for hundreds of years for its mineral wealth, natural resources and human wealth, all of which are still being exploited today. Japan and China are now getting in on the game, too. Some of the direct consequences of this ongoing exploitation are the extreme poverty and heated conflicts we see depicted on our screens.
The question is, what can we do about this? What can we as African people do to improve the situation and bring about positive change?
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