One of my work colleagues is a naturalized U. S. citizen born in Ethiopia. As he was growing up, he lived through a few political convulsions in his home country, ranging from the reign of Hailie Selassie, through the Communist regime, to its present democratic republic. He is also swift to remind me that Ethiopia has its own very long history, much longer than most Americans could fathom. In any case, he has lived through all sorts of experiences that a middle-class white person in the U. S. would have no clue about.
So we had a conversation about the events of January 6 in Washington D. C. the other day. He said “Nothing like what happened in Washington last week has ever happened in Africa.” I know that there has been a lot of political tumult in Africa in the post-colonial period, so I was curious as to what he meant. Surely, after all, mobs have ransacked parliamentary buildings in Africa when a regime fall, haven’t they. He said “Yes, mobs have ransacked parliamentary buildings in African countries, but not while while the government was still operational and attempting to do its job! When the ransacking took place, government officials had already fled for their lives, or been imprisoned, or were dead. There was nobody left in the building to defend it.”
So there you have it. Donald Trump has brought the U. S. to a crisis point that even poverty-stricken, third-world nations in Africa have managed to avoid. That’s a feather Trump can put in his cap next to the one for being the only U. S. president in history to be impeached twice. Something to ponder with one full week to go before Joe and Kamala are in the White House.
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