Over 300 people were killed and hundreds were injured, by a truck bomb terror attack in Mogadishu on Saturday, in one of the worst terror events in recent times \,yet there is little mention of it in the Western press. Are the western so-called “developed” nations and their populations trying to tell us something?
Not only is there little coverage or sympathy shown for African loss of life among those who deem what is newsworthy, but its populations are quiet as well. When France, England and Spain were attacked by terrorists there were memes saying, “Je suis Charlie,” “I am Manchester,” etc, posted all over Europe and North America as well.
This too was a tragedy! Human beings lost their lives, so why no flags, no memes? Why so few “woke” folks signaling “ I am Mogadishu.”
Even many African Americans who descend from those stolen to work as slaves in the New World, have been lulled into viewing their African sisters and brothers as “second-class.” Even they have been brainwashed into agreeing there is a pecking order in humanity which assigns more value to the lives of Europeans and their descendants. Not true? Where are the memes? Where are the words of encouragement?
And this terror attack was as tragic as they come. Somali authorities reported yesterday that the blast was so powerful, people were partially incinerated forcing them to bury about 160 people without being able to identify them. Rescuers reported finding bodies of children, with no head. Relatives said in some cases they were only able to bury body parts.
Someone remarked that, “Africans victims of terror deserve mainstream coverage.” But in the Western mind, do they really?
Of course the irony of ignoring African suffering is that much of today’s ills are the residue of colonialism. Europeans arrogantly claim that they were on a civilizing mission when they stole Africa from the Africans. People in the West, (who are otherwise intelligent) have convinced themselves that the theft and plunder of Africa for the benefit of Europeans, was for the Africans own good.
Too many Americans believe that African Americans are better off after their ancestors were stolen from their homeland, transported like sardines in a can, beaten, terrorized and forced to work without compensation, while having their humanity denied. Many Europeans and North Americans foolishly believe that Africans ought to be thankful and grateful for the opportunity to live in their respective countries.
Very few understand that gratitude is owed the other way around. In the US slaves built the original wealth of this country and most of the hemisphere. In Europe the colonial conquest of Africa enriched their nations, while under-developing the “dark” continent.
Western news outlets especially in the US, have already moved on from the tragedy.
However, The Atlantic magazine and apparently, author Amanda Sperber, thought that while buildings are still smoldering and body parts are still being sorted , this was the proper time to point out the country’s shortcomings.
Rather than covering the tragedy, the terrorist attack as a story in itself, The Atlantic rather callously and not so subtly blamed the victim, pointing out the failure of the Somali government’s security protocol.
Apparently, the article was written to disparage the suffering country, which the story claims has one of the most corrupt governments on earth and is synonymous with “failed state.” The Atlantic conveniently hides this not so subtle defamation behind a charitable title,“Out of Tragedy an Opportunity for Somalia.”
The thinly veiled yellow journalism implies that the country doesn’t “deserve” our sympathy because of its inefficiency and corruption.
More accurately the headline should have read ‘No Sympathy warranted here, Tragedy brought on by victims.’
In this vein it is similar to US press coverage of the killings of unarmed Black people by police. Rather than acknowledge that a human being has needlessly lost their life, their training, their internal drivers tell them that its an appropriate time to “blame the victim.” And just like the Atlantic article they also feel obligated to disparage the character of the victim, effectively limiting the amount of sympathy or empathy their unwarranted death would normally elicit.
Contrast the limited coverage of the Mogadishu bombing with the media coverage of the Las Vegas terrorist act, which sought to elicit sympathy for the victims, and accordingly memorialized them with stories recognizing their contributions and acknowledging their humanity.
Africans, Somali’s are people, human beings! If the governments won’t acknowledge this and narrow minded Westerners won’t, nothing prevents lovers of humanity from proclaiming, “I AM MOGADISHU!”
justice then peace