When Russia invaded Ukraine, it was beautiful to see folks post the Ukrainian colors of blue and gold on their Facebook pages. It was also heartwarming to see Ukrainian Americans in Chicago USA set up schools for Ukrainian immigrants.
Meanwhile, asylum claims by Haitians in Mexico attempting to cross the border into the United States remain on track to hit a record above 50,000 this year. Consequently, where is the blue and red? Who is setting up schools in Haitian Creole or French?
Some have told me, but did you see how “evil Israel” destroyed that hospital in Gaza? My response: in many African American communities there was once a hospital, but now there are no hospitals to even bomb.
Then, Ukraine was pushed off the American dance floor by, as some would say, “our corrupt, evil capitalist system and its enabling media.” And, with the masses, many American Blacks followed suit with another rendezvous with Israel-Palestine. This new flirtation with the latest popular cause left even less potential admirers for West Papua, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, or even the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Some have told me, but did you see how “evil Israel” destroyed that hospital in Gaza? My response: in many African American communities there was once a hospital, but now there are no hospitals to even bomb and as Sojourner Truth might had added, ain’t we human?
The conversation can turn worse when I am gleefully told how awful President Obama was and how dreadful President Biden and the Democrats continue to be. I shake my head wondering if they know it is Obamacare that continues to keep many hospitals open in Black communities including Methodist Hospital in my most beloved hometown, Gary.
Then, I thought about one Port of Harlem reader on Africa’s Smiling Coast, Yankuba Kunta. He has been asking for help to get their hospital in the position to adequately serve the people in Basori, Kombo Western Region, The Gambia. Again, as in many African American communities, there isn’t much of a medical center in Basori to destroy.
I chatted with Kunta as American news detailed the movement of Palestinian babies from one hospital where the incubator was not working to another, I asked Kunta do they have incubators. He responded, “No, we don't have that here.” He continued, “Right now our hospital needs ceiling fans, hospital beds, medicines, and residence for the doctors.”