|"Might as well be me"|
Used and repaired goods are best for emerging markets, be they in the Ozarks or Cameroon or Ghana.
The irony of Europe's infatuation with Basel Action Network is that they think they are owning up to their post colonialism. They feel heroic, doing a good one for the former colonies. But instead of "environmental justice", they accidentally delivered racial profiling of the talented tech sector. Once again, USA is less racist despite our worst efforts.
Cross cultural case in point: I used the n-word in a story I was recounting. Hear me out....
Since it was quoting another person - a judge - who used the word in a sentence to me personally, I've always thought it was fair to leave it in the judge's quotations. The use of the n-word by the judge impugns the judge. In that context, leaving the word out intervenes on the judge's behalf, at the expense of the folks he was commenting on (me and some black folk). I literally imitated the judge's voice, and the shock value resounds because it's shocking to have heard the words coming from a judge's mouth. But I heard through the grapevine that the Europeans thought it was verboten, and another black mark against exporting fairly. Robin used a word Europeans know not to use.
Nuance? It's an example of some folks being more comfortable and direct about the state of affairs our friends face. If you've never met a black person in Arkansas, you're safer avoiding the term altogether. If you are comfortable in your relationships, you skewer the 1970s Ozarks judge with his own words.
This was some racial tolerance inside baseball.
So - How does a guy from the Ozarks get to know more about Africa than Europeans do?
In the context of the N-word, I was in Austria, speaking on a panel, and told the story to other panel members (not to the audience). I was telling them I was on my way back to Ghana and Agbogbloshie, and trying with the story to self-deprecate the part of America I come from. The story is humiliating, which is a form of humility.