At first it’s easy to believe I’ve landed in Accra, Ghana
for as we file out the door of the huge plane, we are immediately enveloped in heat
so thickly hot and sweet it feels like we’ve been embraced by a lover after she's run a marathon in July in Tucson.
Then, having to climb down a ramp of stairs, bounce across a softened tarmac to a waiting feebly air conditioned bus to be dropped off at the back
doors of the terminal, we emerge into a bright cement building bustling with Ghanaian
Beautiful people whose amazing glowing rich warm dark dark dark
chocolate skin enhance the bright colors that adorn their bodies, open faces with kind
eyes and broad smiles, generously hand out bottles of water along with sincere
It’s almost 2 weeks after xmas but jolly white santa’s still
adorn walls and shelves and poles. We pass thru customs without a hitch and excitedly
join the throngs striding out onto the sidewalk, past storefronts and thru street
vendors hawking their wares and taxi drivers offering special rates as they pace in front of the terminal…
The very first thing I see is a u.s. military vehicle - full of white, u.s. soldiers.
Yes folks, a fuckin u.s.ofa. military vehicle in fuckin Ghana.
Now we (the us) did not officially ever conquer Ghana – that was the
Dutch and the Portuguese, the French (maybe not in that order) and lastly the
I know you must be thinking slavery has been outlawed, so we’re
not there anymore to capture humans, beat, rape and chain them, and then pack the
survivors into ship galleys to send off to the u.s.
It is not until returning to the airport almost 2 weeks
later that I make the real connection when I read the headlines: “US Mines $274
million in gold, pays Ghana $7 million.”
Now, just to be clearer, US doesn’t mine shit: US uses
Ghanaians to do the dirty, dangerous, hard work of extracting gold from the
Mother Earth. And pays them negligible wages.
I google gold and Ghana and read that Ghana has the 2nd
largest gold reserves in the world. The ah-ha moment hits: therefore our
It’s so unconscionable, this exploitation and genocide
still raging as we continue to loot the richest continent in the world,
making us filthy rich and most of the people on that continent extremely poor.