Recently I was involved in an interesting debate about the usual White/Black issue in South Africa. I was saddened by the use of the same old rhetoric "Go Home!" "Give back your land/house/car/finances" "Whites are the Devil" I then had a look at one of the commentators Facebook pages and saw that he had recently posted a few questions, leaving them open ended - but the "Answer" to each was the word WHITE. I decided to have a look and see what answers I could come up with that were a bit more informed.
I have had to do this very quickly - I'm leaving for a work weekend - otherwise I would have been a bit more thorough and added my own two cents worth.
I just feel that by slapping every non-black culture with the name "WHITE" it stirs up all sorts of trouble. It de-humanises us and makes it a case of US and THEM. Instead of WE.
Take care everyone.
"I can ask you 7 questions that all have a common answer that indicates who is responsible for The Worlds problems and current state:
1. Who is responsible for deforestation of the rain forests and wild trees
The answer: Human beings are responsible.
According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, the overwhelming direct cause of deforestation is agriculture. Subsistence farming is responsible for 48% of deforestation; commercial agriculture is responsible for 32% of deforestation; logging is responsible for 14% of deforestation and fuel wood removals make up 5% of deforestation. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deforestation
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports (2005) that the Earth's total forest area continues to decrease at about
13 million hectares (32.5 million acres) per year. Or
250 000 hectares (625 000 acres) per week. Or
35 714 hectares (89 000 acres) per day. Or
1488 hectares (3720 acres) an hour. Or
25 hectares (62 acres) a minute. Or
0.4 hectares (1 acre) every second.
An American Football field measures 0.53 ha (1.32 acres). So about 4 football fields every 5 seconds!
Many people think the actual figure is much higher, because these figures were provided by each country, and may not include illegal logging.
A report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.: The State of the World's Forests 2003 notes the percentage of forest lost between 1990 and 2000.
Burundi (15 000 hectares, 9%) and Haiti lost the most (7 000, 5.7%).
Some countries increased their forest cover. Among them:
Israel 4.9% increase
New Zealand 0.5%
2. Who is responsible for the extinction and death of Wild Animals and Sea Creatures?
The Answer: Human Beings are responsible.
Causes of Ocean Pollution & Marine Life Deaths:
2. Toxic Chemicals From Industries
3. Land Runoff
4. Large Scale Oil Spills
5. Ocean Mining
Water pollution, by the discharge of wastewater from commercial and industrial waste (intentionally or through spills) into surface waters; discharges of untreated domestic sewage, and chemical contaminants, such as chlorine, from treated sewage; release of waste and contaminants into surface runoff flowing to surface waters (including urban runoff and agricultural runoff, which may contain chemical fertilizers and pesticides); waste disposal and leaching into groundwater; eutrophication and littering. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollution
Oceans are the largest water bodies on the planet Earth. Over the last few decades, surplus human activities have severely affected the marine life on the Earth's oceans. Ocean pollution, also known as marine pollution, is the spreading of harmful substances such as oil, plastic, industrial and agricultural waste and chemical particles into the ocean. Since oceans provide home to wide variety of marine animals and plants, it is responsibility of every citizen to play his or her part in making these oceans clean so that marine species can thrive for long period of time.
Mining for materials such as copper and gold is a major source of contamination in the ocean. For example, copper is a major source of pollutant in the ocean and can interfere with the life cycles of numerous marine organisms and life.
3. Who is responsible for the world pollution and man made illnesses.
The Answer: Human Beings are responsible.
2. Toxic Chemicals From Industries
3. Carbon monoxide Emmissions
7. Over population
8. Lack of hygiene
The biggest killers: cardiovascular disease, cancer & diabetes.
According to the World Health Organization, the 10 leading causes of death in 2002 were:
1. 12.6% Ischaemic heart disease
2. 9.7% Cerebrovascular disease
3. 6.8% Lower respiratory infections
4. 4.9% HIV/AIDS
5. 4.8% Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
6. 3.2% Diarrhoeal diseases
7. 2.7% Tuberculosis
8. 2.2% Trachea/bronchus/lung cancers
9. 2.2% Malaria
10. 2.1% Road traffic accidents
4. Who is responsible for the wiping out of other races of human beings and the enslavement of others.
The Answer: Many cultures (black/white/mixed) globally have partaken in Genocide, and/or colonisation in the past thousands of years.
5. Who decided that the access to food should be sold and not freely obtained by all human beings on the planet.
The Answer: Homo sapiens principally using the Danube river, at a time beginning 35-30,000 BC
Trade is the transfer of the ownership of goods or services from one person or entity to another in exchange for other goods or services or for money. Trade is sometimes loosely called commerce orfinancial transaction or barter. A network that allows trade is called a market. The original form of trade was barter, the direct exchange of goods and services for other goods and services. Later one side of the barter was precious metals. Modern traders instead generally negotiate through a medium of exchange, such as money. As a result, buying can be separated from selling, or earning. Theinvention of money (and later credit, paper money and non-physical money) greatly simplified and promoted trade. Trade between two traders is called bilateral trade, while trade between more than two traders is called multilateral trade.
Trade exists for man due to specialization and division of labor, in which most people concentrate on a small aspect of production, trading for other products. Trade exists between regions because different regions have a comparative advantage in the production of some trad-able commodity, or because different regions size allows for the benefits of mass production. As such, trade at market prices between locations benefits both locations.
Retail trade consists of the sale of goods or merchandise from a very fixed location, such as adepartment store, boutique or kiosk, or by mail, in small or individual lots for direct consumption or use by the purchaser. Wholesale trade is defined as the sale of goods that are sold asmerchandise to retailers, and/or industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional businessusers, or to other wholesalers and related subordinated services.
Trading is a value-added function: it is the economic process by which a product finds its end user, in which specific risks are to be borne by the trader.
6. Which people, no matter where you go on the Planet are always well off and own the majority of everything whether they are Natives of that land or not.
The Answer: Indian Americans are the richest race in the world – (not to be confused with Native Americans)
I have searched online and can not find a website that shows RACIAL % of land ownership / business ownership. This has led me to believe that the question above can not be answered correctly and honestly.