Uzodinma Iweala, 35, is an author who lives in New York and Lagos. He gave this opening lecture at the conference « Rethinking philanthropy » organized on October 12 in Geneva by « Le Monde », « Le Temps » and the Graduate Institute.
You may have heard about the time the rock star Bono, a symbol of modern philanthropy, gave a concert. The crowd was totally into it, jamming, dancing, singing their hearts out amidst insane lights shows, lasers, special pyrotechnics, thumping music. Then Bono stopped and asked for quiet. As through from the heavens, a spotlight shone down on where he stood center stage. He began to snap slowly. The audience was confused. After a few snaps into the silence, he finally spoke: « Every time I snap my fingers, an African child dies ». Suddenly, from somewhere in the darkness, a man with a hardcore British accent shouted, « Well bloody stop snapping then! »
Absolute power over black lives
Breaking the joke down as it relates to structures and dynamics reveals this: A white man speaking from his god-like perch to a primarily white audience about Africans so...Lire la suite sur Le Monde