Of course, it’s a good distance from the usual sort:
R&B singer Akon may have been born in the United States, but he wants to go back to his roots — which, to him, means constructing a city in his family’s ancestral home of Senegal, which he describes as a “real-life Wakanda.”
[N]othing short of megadoses of LSD could possibly have produced the delusions described by the singer in his promotional push on “Akon City,” in which he promised “every single African American would be a millionaire without even thinking twice” if they relocated to Africa and that America would be paralyzed “overnight” if its estimated 41.6 million black population up and left.
According to a report in AfroTech on Friday, the proposed city in the troubled West African nation of Senegal — which Akon says can be built for the low, low investment price of $6 billion — is intended “to be a safe space for Black Americans and others facing racial injustices.”
“The system back home treats them unfairly in so many different ways that you can never imagine. And they only go through it because they feel that there is no other way,” Akon said in 2020, according to The Associated Press, adding that the proposed African city would be a “home back home.”
The removal of America’s Negro population to some distant place – doesn’t have to be Senegal, but that particular African hellhole would do just fine – would relieve the U.S. of so many burdens that it would ultimately prove a net social, political, and economic gain — a large one. And it would relieve your humble Curmudgeon of this nightmare, in the bargain. So go for it, Akon! Gather ye racial brethren into one happy mass in Senegal! Just don’t expect Americans to pay for your dream-city fantasy.
Of course it’s not going to happen. American Negroes are the best off of all their race. In no other nation do Negroes command the degree of prosperity they have here. In no other Western nation are they treated, legally and politically, with such unctuous deference. Why here, they can commit murder, arson, rape, assault and battery, lootings, and what have you in the name of “the voiceless” or “the spirit of Martin Luther King,” and the law will handle the offender with kid gloves. Try that anywhere else.
So the mass relocation of black Americans to Senegal, or anywhere else, is a non-starter. Indeed, the mere announcement of a plan to make it happen would probably incite the government of Senegal – it does have a government, doesn’t it? – to declare war on the United States. (Cf. The Mouse That Roared.) Given the current state of our military, the outcome would be unpredictable…but given the current state of our politics, we’d probably surrender before battle is joined.
Ah well. One must have a dream to which to aspire, mustn’t one? If only this dream weren’t some idiot entertainer’s absurd imagining.