Obama, Kenya, Africa & The LGBT Controversy

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Obama, Kenya, Africa, & The LGBT Controversy

President Barack Obama hit a new milestone for being the first sitting President of the United States to visit Africa.

He reviewed and visited several countries and most notably, that of his ancestral homeland, Kenya.

While there he addressed all the major points, primarily security, commerce, agriculture, overall development, medical, education, and more. The visit is groundbreaking and opens the potential to an incalculable amount of trade and revenue in the future for Africa, the U.S., and the world. Africa’s resources are astronomical. Tens of thousands of miles of awesome coastline, mountains, valleys, deserts, abundance of fresh water, animal and plant life, unequaled fertile soil, precious metals, and secrets still yet to be revealed.
This venture is one of the biggest game changers in human history as Africa has been exploited, yet not developed with civility. Managed properly, the continent and its people could be wealthy beyond all concepts of avarice.

Along with that means changes in traditional attitudes, and the LGBT issue is one of importance to Obama, Canada, U.S., and Europe, but in Africa, homosexuality is still a behavior that brings about bristles that aren’t going to go away anytime in the near or long term future.

The reason for this is because the overwhelming majority of people in Africa condemn homosexuality. This belief is so ingrained that it would be virtually impossible to overturn within a lifetime. Americans and the world aren’t aware of true African history because the study of it has only been around and recognized academically since the early 1970s. The cultures on the continent go back not hundreds of years but well over tens of thousands of years, far earlier than the so called birth of civilization in what is now Iraq. Homosexuality did exist in various civilizations and cultures there over the millennia and still is practiced in some parts, but overall, their history shows the practice to be detrimental to the basic family and social infrastructures. The same occurs in the older civilizations and cultures in the Middle East, China, India.

That being said, Obama and the world are going to have to realize that their beliefs and practices aren’t for everyone and they must recognize that Africa is a continent where conflicts in ideologies clash with that of the West. Obama may have gained ground for the LGBT community in the U.S., but it just isn’t going to happen in Africa anytime soon.

What it will take is a look at what happens as Africa gets more development technologies and support. They may lighten up, but it would take a miracle to do so.

So until those changes occur, if they occur, Obama is going to have to settle for the fact that what he wants and thinks is okay is limited when applied to other peoples.

Another thing, Africans are mostly very conservative. Ruthlessly so, with strong family and community values. The spread of Islam, Christianity, even Judaism has cemented these beliefs to the point they make the American conservatives look feeble by comparison.

It is said that time heals all wounds, but in this case we’ll have to see if that holds true within the next hundred years at least.

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Greg Boone, a native New Yorker, has worked for such companies such as the Gannet News Service, TimeWarner, America Online to name a few. Boone also works in the field of regenerative medicine, covering the frontiers of stem cell research and treatments for the past 10 years.