Back on July 31st, allAfrica (and apparently, only allAfrica) reported:
World Leaders Congratulate Liberia for 155th Independence Day
In observance of the 155th Anniversary of the Independence of Liberia, congratulatory messages to the President, Government, and people of Liberia have continued to pour into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to a release from the Ministry, Messages of Congratulations and Felicitations have come from Presidents John Agyekum Kufor of Ghana; General Emile Lahoud of Lebanon and Mohamed Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
Others were received from United Nations Secretary General Kofi A. Annan.
Er, that's the full story, actually.
Other articles might have just fallen out of Google News' date window; there's a story at the BBC from Friday, July 26th. Don't remember seeing anything in the U.S. press, but I don't read anything that closely, and may have missed it.
Or we have more important things to worry about than
former colonies struggling nations in Africa. Perhaps if they were funding terrorists or something.
As it is -- and you may have noticed the absence in the allAfrica story -- we seem to have forgotten to send a card. Or my hasty search of the White House site didn't turn anything up, anyway.
Haven't mentioned the continent around here lately in an attempt to follow Black Folks Etiquettes for Mainstreaming. Item #7 specifically states:
Do not associate yourself with anything African, because you have more in common with Europeans and know nothing about Africa.
Marilyn Shaw has a number of other helpful suggestions, starting with:
- Do not associate with any controversial figures, affiliates or organizations that espouse Black Power, i.e., Black Panthers, Nation of Islam. Remember Arsenio Hall and Tavis Smiley.
- Refer to yourself as an, American not African-American. Remember, the goal is for white America to see the, content of your character, and not your color.
- Speaking of content of your character, recite only Kings, I have a Dream, speech of 1963 - March on Washington, and completely ignore his, Beyond Vietnam, speech of 1967- New York.
- Addendum to #3. Do not ever bring up any of Kings association with controversial figures, affiliates or organizations.
Links added, natch.
The warbloggers, bless their hearts, are nodding and wondering what the problem is.
At this point, I think I would shoot one of them just to watch him die.