On White “African Experts”


White people can play a role in African causes; but only in facilitating and boosting African voices – not trying to derail the conversation, or distract from and dismiss as irrelevant issues pertaining to white supremacy and racism. Dominating discourse, insisting on speaking for us, silencing criticism and abusing critics is an abuse of white privilege that only does more harm than good.

A white woman doing research in Kenya not too long ago went on a social media rant accusing Kenyans who expressed their support for the “Black Lives Matter” campaign of caring more about the victims of police brutality in the United States than those in Kenya. To her, Kenyans voicing opposition to white supremacy and racism in a spirit of pan-Africanist solidarity (see here and here) was trivial and below consideration. In short, our feelings and emotions towards the plight of our own in the Diaspora…

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3 thoughts on “On White “African Experts”

  1. I really like the title! I wonder if this woman also had a problem with Palestinian people showing their solidarity with the people of Ferguson? We have so many experts here in the west who know what’s best for everyone else, I don’t understand why our countries are such a mess 😉

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    • Yes, the title really creative! And, on this planet, there are so many experts; among in these experts I feel myself so ignorant always as an extraterrestrial. An expert may confront at any moment from every corner.:)

      I can understand the problem in here. Albeit in a different subject, I have observed. For example, if the subject is the Middle East, there are so many experts in the middle, it dosen’t matter how much you say “I’ve had or I know,” these experts do not even care about your saying.

      Maybe I can think at first they approached with moderate and sympathy. But afterwards, when I’ve seen every step they take, I am thinking anymore they do this to draw attention to themselves. They are doing emotional abuse. Because this is popular way for existing in social areas. And there are so many in blog worlds.

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