Just enough Gores and Gateses; too many Africans

In the interest of environmental responsibility, Al Gore suggests that all African women should bear four children.

This is, at least, what Al Gore surely anticipates when he speaks of “making fertility management ubiquitously available” to African women.  He says that “If you get the health improved, if you get the availability of contraceptives, then families will voluntarily choose to have less children.”  Surely he and Tipper had good health and access to contraception when they bore their four children.  

Following Gore’s example, African women should also, presumably, voluntarily choose to live in a 20-room, 10,000 square foot mansion that uses approximately four times more energy than the typical home in the neighborhood.  In addition, each African mother should maintain a luxury apartment in San Francisco. In order to save the environment, Mr. Gore encourages all African women to take several plane trips every year, and only to charter a private jet “when necessary.” 

PIC African woman carrying baby and firewood “And don’t forget to buy some carbon offsets to make up for that cooking fire you’re planning, missy.”

Oh, pish tush, you will say. Al Gore’s racist hypocrisy is old news, low-hanging fruit, as it were.  It’s easy to pick on a bloated lout like him; but his point still stands, yes?  Even if the first world did their fair share to reduce environmental costs, rather than palming it off on impoverished villages on the other side of the world, those third world women would be better off if they’d just put a cork in their outrageous, unthinking fertility.  They’d be healthier, wealthier.  They’d be happier.  Why not flood them with contraception?

Here’s why, according to Obianuju Ekeocha, a Nigerian woman who actually lived in one of those impoverished African villages —  and who actually knows what it’s like to see the kind of aid that Westerners want them to have.  Her open letter to Melinda Gates is from 2012, but it deserves to be read over and over again.  She says:

I see this $4.6 billion [in contraceptive aid] buying us misery. I see it buying us unfaithful husbands. I see it buying us streets devoid of the innocent chatter of children. I see it buying us disease and untimely death. I see it buying us a retirement without the tender loving care of our children.

Please Melinda, listen to the heart-felt cry of an African woman and mercifully channel your funds to pay for what we REALLY need.

She then goes on to describe the true needs of African families.  And here is Ekoeocha’s follow-up from August of 2013.  She explains:

[M]ore educated African women almost always choose to have fewer children (but mostly by natural methods rather than artificial contraceptives). So rather than fill our defenceless under-aged brides with Depo-Provera — which is more like a general anaesthesia that will numb them to the brutality of their reality — we can better empower them by giving them an education, which becomes the lifeline by which they can climb out of poverty one girl at a time.

Is that what the likes of Gore and Melinda Gates really want — truly educated girls?  Do they respect African women and African culture enough to help them make their own choices?  Or is that too much trouble to go to for a bunch of dark-skinned global parasites?  Do Gates and Gore and their ilk show any interest in listening to the true concerns of actual African families?  Or is all their wealth just funding another chapter in Western imperialism, where, rather than exterminating Africans directly, we brainwash them into exterminating themselves?


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  • http://www.edgartownnews.blogspot.com Sara Piazza

    This is what has always driven me nuts about the ZPG people. Ah…yeah…if you think there are too many people in the world and you think population should be controlled…who gets eliminated (hey, I have an idea – you go first)…and who gets to decide? It never works to have a living human being complain about too many people in the world. It’s along the lines of complaining about too much traffic on the roads: “We have to get these cars off the highway.” (to make room for me while I’m driving on that highway)

  • Orville

    “Oh God! to hear the Insect on the leaf pronouncing on the too much life among his hungry brothers in the dust!”

  • Claire

    Thank you for speaking the truth, Simcha.

  • James

    The Gates Foundation has also spent millions on projects designed to improve health and life expectancy for in that area of the world. In fact, Mrs. Gates has consistently fought the idea that saving African lives will only lead to overpopulation.

    The problem is not so much the overt “we want fewer Africans” racism as much as it is a more subtle form. In discussions of these issues, I often get:

    “Oh fertility awareness (NFP) is just fine for people like us, but you know that those people can’t control themselves. Those poor women will have a baby a year if they rely on that. As an affluent white man, you can’t possibly understand this.”

    The implication is that men, especially non-white men, are brutes incapable of self-control. (Of course, the irony that such statements often come from affluent white women completely escapes them.)