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Out Of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa von [Richburg, Keith B.]
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From 1991 to 1994, Keith Richburg was based in Nairobi as the Africa bureau chief for the Washington Post. He traveled throughout Africa, from Rwanda to Zaire, witnessing and reporting on wars, famines, mass murders, and the complexity and corruption of African politics. Unlike many black Americans who romanticize Africa, Richburg looks back on his time there and concludes that he is simply an American, not an African American. This is a powerful, hard-hitting book, filled with anguished soul-searching as Richburg makes his way toward that uncomfortable conclusion.

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Nothing in Keith Richburg’s long and respected journalistic career at the Washington Post prepared him for what he would encounter as the paper’s correspondent in Africa. He found a continent where brutal murder had become routine, where dictators and warlords silenced dissent with machine guns and machetes, and where starvation had become depressingly common. With a great deal of personal anguish, Richburg faced a difficult question: If this is Africa, what does it mean to be an African American?

In this provocative and unvarnished account of his three years on the continent of his ancestors, Richburg takes us on a extraordinary journey that sweeps from Somalia to South Africa, showing how he confronted the divide between his African racial heritage and his American cultural identity.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 845 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 290 Seiten
  • Verlag: Basic Books; Auflage: Reprint (22. September 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0030H7UN0
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Richburg beschreibt Afrika noch als den schwachen, von Kriegen und Katastrophen geplagten Kontinent und kommt sogar zur Feststellung, er sei lieber in den USA schwarz, als in Afrika. Richburg argumentiert nicht auf einem banalen Niveau, sondern er kommt auf zahlreiche Informationen und Entwicklungen zurück. Seine Perspektive ist gleichwohl aus der heutigen Sicht überzogen und längst durch ein eher positives Bild ersetzt worden. Aber gerade das macht den Reiz des Buches 2013 ja aus, es zeigt, wie negativ die Sicht Afrikas schon war. Viele Problematiken dauern auch an, aber es hat sich sehr vieles verbessert. Die Zahl der Konflikte, das Ausplündern von Boschenschätze durch einen Diktator und eine entsprechende internationale Struktur hat abgenommen, auch wenn der Kongo, vielleicht Afrika's reichstes Land, immer noch ausgebeutet wird, die gesellschaftlich-wirtschaftliche Entwicklung dieses Land absolut mangelhaft ist. Insgesamt ein sehr gut geschriebenes, fesselndes und detailiertes Buch über das Afrika der 1990er.
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Richburg offers a fascinating and insightful analysis of the problems that continue to plague Africa. While unsettling, this book is a must read for anyone interested in foreign policy, development assistance and African area studies. His descriptions of the rage in Rwanda: the countings of the bodies and the loss of his friends, who were brutally murdered, will not be easily forgotten. I read this book after reading Blaine Harden's "Africa." Harden, also a Washington Post correspondent, makes many of the same points but not in the personal, poignant way offered by Out of America. Richburg's comments on the role of America's black leaders, Wilder & Jackson, etc., in hiding the problems facing the African continent, deserve special notice. In short, one of the best books written on Africa, written by an individual who shares vividly and passionately his disappointment and sadness
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What was the point of this book? That Keith Richburg is an American, not an African?
That such an astoundingly banal revelation is actually controversial in America speaks volumes about American ignorance of the outside world.
This book makes excellent points about American race relations, and paints a compelling portrait of the three years the author spent in Africa. As an understanding of Africa it is wanting. The guy spoke no African language and had remarkably little preparation for his job. At the end of three years he was still so clueless about African culture he didn't realize that a gap between one's front teeth is considered beautiful in Africa. And while he does point out in the paperback reprint that he did report from several other African countries, his observation that "Good news is no news." doesn't seem to have made him realize that as a reporter he was constantly exposed to the worst side of Africa today, and missed ordinary life in sle! epy villages. To most Africans I know, this year's rainfall is the most important news.
Who is to blame for this? I think his superiors who sent him there. I noticed that both his predecessor and successor were also black. Does the _Washington Post_ think that blacks have some kind of special cultural insight into Africa, that they don't need the language and culture training that any good reporter should get before going overseas? Or is Nairobi their idea of a "Jim Crow" assignment, to keep black reporters away from real news, which whites are supposed to report?
Granted that Africa is going through some tough times, but I wonder what his take on Europe would have been if most of what he had seen had been Northern Ireland and the former Yugoslavia.
Let us have reporters, of all colors, who are better trained in the languages and cultures of the regions of the world they report on.
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The wealth of Amazon.com customer reviews alone demonstrate the breadth and scope of reaction toward this unique, controversial, and courageous book. Richburg lays it on the line here, and it must be remembered that he already anticipated every angle of criticism that his ideas would generate. As a result, his arguments in the book are very well-reasoned and well-articulated, and common-sense. Granted, as a US journalist, he was assigned to cover the more atrocious and chaotic aspects of Africa, so his perspective would naturally be skewed toward problem spots. But again, he understands this and says so in his book several times. Africa is not unique with it's low living standards, government corruption, disease, poverty, and low educational standards--plus, we all know that these are ultimately Western perspectives and judgments (who's to say that these are "problems" at all, right?). Nor is Africa ALL about those evils-- there's much good and humanity and courage that shines through amongst people, every day. Richburg points this out, too. As Richburg says, however, Africa is unique because it is about blacks, and by extension, criticism from the West will be interpreted as racism. Fine. So you maintain a conspiracy of silence and/or disingenuous flattery toward military dictators, but you still get no solutions to the problems, do you? Richburg's perspective is that of a middle-class, professional, rational, fairly conservative American, and a black American as well.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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