We are the World- 25: Not Buying it

Posted on February 13, 2010

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S W E E T I E S

The look on Jennifer Hudson’s face explains it all!

I’m all in favor of lending a helping hand to people in need.

At least 217,000 people died in the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, which also left about 300,000 injured and one million homeless.

Although those numbers are astronomical, I am confident that the people of Haiti will rise up again.

They have SURVIVAL running through their blood. They were they only African people who led a successful slave rebellion.

These people are indestructible. As the President of Haiti declared “Haiti will NOT die”.

Music is life to me.

I love Michael Jackson and all the music he created.

We are the World” is a song that I love and my critique of this We Are the World 25 sham is no disrespect to MJ.

I don’t believe for one second that the proceeds from the 1st We Are the World went to any African countries and I believe the  same sentiment for the second time around with We Are the World 25. (Same goes for George Clooney’s Hope for Haiti telethon but that is another blog post)

Don’t be fooled and go running to Itunes to buy this mediocre rendition in the hopes that you are helping to rebuild Haiti.

The recipients of the $$ are the recording industry executives.

The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cirus, Jennifer Hudson, and Justin Beiber all have albums and projects of interest that their record companies need to promote. They are using a tragedy to play the heart-strings of the world to make themselves richer. If you think for one minute they  are going to give the Government of Haiti a check for 100 million dollars

THINK AGAIN.

Perhaps we should clean our own backyard before trying helping someone else with theirs.

What about our own people in this country who are living in poverty and devastation?

Katrina hit Louisiana in 2005.

The French Quarter (which barely suffered any damage) was repaired with lightening speed. The 9th Ward where a large majority of the black and poor population live have been forgotten. My sister recently made a visit to Louisiana and went to the 9th Ward and shared with me that the FEMA trailers are still there and in 5 years nothing has really changed.

Why wasn’t there a united effort from the entertainment industry to make a song to raise money for the victims of Katrina?

It’s a lot easier to rake in the cash from around the world when Africa is the root of the cause they sing about.

The general stereotype of the “helpless, impoverished, and hopeless” African are adjectives that are pumped into the minds of people all over the world.

People have been literally brainwashed into believing that all of Africa looks like this

The distended stomach is probably the #1 visual for Africa most people conjure in their minds

nappy hair and NO FOOD

Selma Hayek fed the poor motherless baby with her own breast milk in an African orphanage

THE FOLLOWING IMAGES would probably send people into convulsions because they aren’t used to seeing positive images of Africa/Africans.

A Sesriem Canyon sunset in Namibia

An arial shot of  Nairobi, Kenya

Quintessential African Beauty

When a natural disaster hits Africans ( Haitians are technically Africans because they are straight descendants of African people) most people with a  beating heart will feel bad for them because we’ve been made to believe they are people who are “unable to help themselves”.

The record and entertainment conglomerates understand this psychology.

They know that people in highly privileged countries will feel compelled to dig into their pockets to help the poor starving children of African countries.

Katrina took place in a superpower and the most developed nation in the world. Why would people outside of the U.S  give money to people in America when Americans have the ability to fix any financial problem at the drop of a hat?

Avatar cost 400 million to make.

Conan O’Brien was paid 44 million to get out of his contract with NBC.

Former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain spent $1.22 million of company money to refurbish his office at headquarters.

There is an OVER-ABUNDANCE of cash flow in the U.S. The “recession” that they drill into our heads is bogus.

Why is  the aftermath of Katrina still prevalent in Louisiana?

The answer is plain and simple.

“They Don’t Really Care About Us”

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I’m tired of bein’ the victim of shame
They’re throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can’t believe this is the land from which I came

Michael Jackson was an enlightened person who knew the real deal. He wrote “They Don’t Care About Us” in 1996 more than a decade after “We Are the World”. He had figured out by then how the world really operated. I am certain that this is when he increased his personal financial giving to the tens of millions.

Why would the powers that be in the U.S want to aid Haitians when their own our own citizens are suffering due to natural disaster (that was totally preventable if the levees in Louisiana were fixed and mended)?

We Are the World 25– is just about the rich making themselves richer.

The totally disgusting and unforgivable aspect is that they are using the images of a destroyed Haiti and the faces of children in name of charitable giving to do so.

If you are truly interested in sending money to reconstruct Haiti ,the best bet is to go through a Not-for-Profit agency.

Do your homework first and research them before just blindly giving. Make sure they are legit.

A legitimate Not-for-Profit is required by Federal law to have their financial information made public. Although a Not-for-Profit can have someone “fix the books” at least there is more of an incentive on their part to keep things clean and honest.

Ignorance is bliss but in order to make effective and necessary change we must make a decision to dig beyond the surface.

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