Africans on the Move: Transnational, Intranational, and Metaphorical Migrations
brain drain representatives of the far flung British empire come to the metropole to make good since opportunities for this are more restricted on the home front. The more visible work at the cash registers, undertake sanitation, work as newsagents, tour guides, and take any number of council jobs on the lower levels. Of course, one cannot forget the West Indians. Another level of visibility is presented by the very few who have risen to the top of the political and economic pile. This situation drives home the relevance of Grosfoguel’s, Takougang’s, and Baptiste’s papers, which discuss various elements of transnational migration of people from Africa and various parts of its far-flung Diaspora.
There are also striking differences between this issue and the last. The largest immigrants’ rights march in history just ended in New York City in October 2003. This was a phenomenon that brought together an array of immigrant rights and human rights groups as well as immigrant activists in a struggle for more liberal immigration laws
and equal rights for immigrants. In a post-September 11 America, the advocacy for
better respect for immigrant rights and action to defend and enhance the rights of immigrants are more necessary than ever, particularly given the economic downturn that has in the usual manner, created enough economic pain to cause the upsurge of ethnocentrism and xenophobia. In the wake of September 11, 2001, Europe continues to shore up its anti-immigrant fortress, using all the resources at the disposal of the EU to collaboratively devise strategies to combat what is believed to be a law and order problem of foiling wily human traffickers. Neither the US nor Europe is undertaking a
new effort. Instead, the anti-immigrant measures have only taken on additional intensity due to the perception that immigrants are the enemy among whom lurk potential terrorists from various points in the “axis of evil”.
London was also the site of a British National Gallery display of Nigerian artist, Sokari Douglas Camp’s short-listed entry for a work of art to occupy the empty fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. Douglas Camp’s entry is titled “No-o-war-r No-o-war-r.”
The artist describes this steel sculpture as “a celebratory piece that captures Londoners’ diversity and energy.” Sokari Douglas Camp’s selection is an honor for the artist, and
a much needed boost for Nigerian and African immigrants in Great Britain.
In London yet again, the “Torso in the Thames” case of a boy whose decapitated body, posthumously named Adam by the Scotland Yard detectives investigating the case, was found near the Tower Bridge in the Thames river continued through the summer, fall, and winter of 2003. The case was designated as involving “voodoo”, “black magic,”
human sacrifice, human trafficking, ritual murder, a white South African pathologist conducted a second autopsy, declaring that this was a “muti killing” of the South African variety, at least one South African traditional healer was consulted in South Africa, an appeal was made to Nelson Mandela, who for the detectives is “the voice of all Africa,”
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