Halfrican Keeps it Real About Why 3rd World Immigrants Come to America

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Halfrican Keeps it Real About Why 3rd World Immigrants Come to America

by baldilocks

[cap­tion id=“attachment_104521” align=“alignright” width=“150”] Tom Mboya[/caption]

When the stu­dents of the Mboya Air­lift were hand-​picked to come to Amer­ica, it was for a spe­cific pur­pose: to edu­cate demon­stra­bly gifted Kenyan and Tan­zan­ian stu­dents in the West­ern tra­di­tion and to send them home to be the lead­ers and infor­ma­tion venders of their coun­tries — prepa­ra­tion for inde­pen­dence from the Euro­pean colo­nial pow­ers. One of these stu­dents was my bio­log­i­cal father, jour­nal­ist Philip Ochieng.

That was in the late fifties to early six­ties and most of the stu­dents did return home. The Air­lift was a pri­vately funded endeavor by the likes of the Ford Foun­da­tion, the Kennedy Foun­da­tion, Jackie Robin­son, Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. and Harry Bela­fonte. I’m sure that there have been other exper­i­ments like it.

The recent tem­pest regard­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s alleged descrip­tion of Haiti and African coun­tries as s**tholes got me think­ing again about this vehi­cle for my pres­ence on earth and the con­cept of it. I believe it was an attempt to cre­ate an elite in the two coun­tries – a ruler­ship. If the intent was to lift these coun­tries up close to the eco­nomic and social level of the freer West­ern nations, I’d say that it failed. But I doubt that this was the intent of the two foun­da­tions involved — though Mr. Bela­fonte, Mr. Robin­son, and Dr. King, undoubt­edly had noth­ing but the best of intentions.

A nation can­not be trans­formed through its lead­ers alone. But it can be manip­u­lated by indoc­tri­nat­ing lead­ers and plant­ing them.

In 1965, the US Con­gress passed a new immi­gra­tion law and LBJ signed it. Sud­denly, there was a flood of immi­grants from Africa, the Caribbean and other non-​European nations. Here came the Third World’s go-​getters and risk-​takers: the rest of the gifted stu­dents. And they’re still coming.

Mean­while, back home, their friends and rel­a­tives remained mostly resigned to the old ways: klep­toc­ra­cies, tribal wars, crim­i­nal car­tels, mon­strous pol­lu­tion, deadly dis­ease, etc.

I’ve seen a lot of out­rage about the remarks from Haiti immi­grants and immi­grants from African coun­tries. Some African lead­ers are call­ing for Pres­i­dent Trump to apol­o­gize. Typ­i­cal floor-​showing.

But I’ve seen only one immi­grant — a Niger­ian — talk about going back home and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence there. Good luck, bro.

Most of the immi­grants from the Third World thrive here and do not return to their coun­tries of ori­gin because it’s a lot eas­ier and more prof­itable to stay here, have their chil­dren born as Amer­i­cans, and raise them in rel­a­tive safety and pros­per­ity. And who can blame them? I cer­tainly don’t.

But let’s stop pre­tend­ing that they left some idyl­lic Trump-​less places of beauty and peace. They left places that were dirty, stinky, dan­ger­ous and which have lead­ers who are bla­tantly corrupt.

A.K.A. …

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

Tom Mboya

When the students of the Mboya Airlift were hand-picked to come to America, it was for a specific purpose: to educate demonstrably gifted Kenyan and Tanzanian students in the Western tradition and to send them home to be the leaders and information venders of their countries—preparation for independence from the European colonial powers. One of these students was my biological father, journalist Philip Ochieng.

That was in the late fifties to early sixties and most of the students did return home. The Airlift was a privately funded endeavor by the likes of the Ford Foundation, the Kennedy Foundation, Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harry Belafonte. I’m sure that there have been other experiments like it.

The recent tempest regarding President Trump’s alleged description of Haiti and African countries as s**tholes got me thinking again about this vehicle for my presence on earth and the concept of it. I believe it was an attempt to create an elite in the two countries – a rulership. If the intent was to lift these countries up close to the economic and social level of the freer Western nations, I’d say that it failed. But I doubt that this was the intent of the two foundations involved — though Mr. Belafonte, Mr. Robinson, and Dr. King, undoubtedly had nothing but the best of intentions.

A nation cannot be transformed through its leaders alone. But it can be manipulated by indoctrinating leaders and planting them.

In 1965, the US Congress passed a new immigration law and LBJ signed it. Suddenly, there was a flood of immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean and other non-European nations. Here came the Third World’s go-getters and risk-takers: the rest of the gifted students. And they’re still coming.

Meanwhile, back home, their friends and relatives remained mostly resigned to the old ways: kleptocracies, tribal wars, criminal cartels, monstrous pollution, deadly disease, etc.

I’ve seen a lot of outrage about the remarks from Haiti immigrants and immigrants from African countries. Some African leaders are calling for President Trump to apologize. Typical floor-showing.

But I’ve seen only one immigrant — a Nigerian — talk about going back home and making a difference there. Good luck, bro.

Most of the immigrants from the Third World thrive here and do not return to their countries of origin because it’s a lot easier and more profitable to stay here, have their children born as Americans, and raise them in relative safety and prosperity. And who can blame them? I certainly don’t.

But let’s stop pretending that they left some idyllic Trump-less places of beauty and peace. They left places that were dirty, stinky, dangerous and which have leaders who are blatantly corrupt.

A.K.A. …

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!