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Africans on the Move: Transnational, Intranational, and Metaphorical Migrations

which at the time, was that no one knew exactly what had happened.

This story ended with two quotes, one by Dr. Hendrik Scholtz at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa who said in response to the question, “Could it happen again?” “If another one happens then it is likely to be a different group of people involved. The ones who killed Adam are already satisfied with what they have done.” According to the report, “Temi Olusanya, the Nigerian vice chair of the African Caribbean Development Association said that Adam’s murder had deeply shocked the West African community.” The quote by Olusanya as reported by the Guardian is the following: “This is a crime that cannot be tolerated in African religions. Murder is murder and we should work together to find the people who did this.”[11] After reporting

a lot of theories and suppositions as fact, the article seems to redeem itself by quoting a Nigerian who states that the crime is intolerable. However, it presents the South African professor as the expert and seems to insinuate that this is the person whose testimony should be trusted, although we are never told what kind of expertise Dr. Schultz has. On the other hand, Temi Olusanya is just a vice chairperson of a development association, and the quote seems to be presented as less reliable because we also do not know what kind of expertise Olusanya has. My point here is that as the result of the tragic murder of a little boy, all the hoary demons of traditional “black continent” analysis in Europe are deployed to show that there are “barbaric” strangers in Europe who have brought in these “voodoo” and “black magic” and “witch-doctoring” practices. Ethnocentrism, xenophobia and nativism are combined and the reporting, whether it’s by the Guardian, the BBC, or any other newspaper, or media outlet, totally loses any sense of objectivity.

In the US, we also witnessed the passage of the bipartisan Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2003 (DREAM Act). The Act was sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Richard Durbin, (D-Illinois) and co-sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D-California). It is designed to give “educational and residence opportunities” to high school students who came into the US as undocumented aliens at least five years prior to the passage of the bill. These students must also be below the age of 16 when they first arrived. They must have strong moral character, and must not be deportable for any criminal conviction, fraud, or person smuggling. Qualified students can serve in the US military for two years, or go to college for two years in order to be granted conditional residency status.[12] According to Senator Feinstein,

"I believe it is in the national interest to provide talented students who have clearly embraced the American Dream the incentive to take the path towards being a responsible, contributing, law abiding member in our civic society, . . . . I fear the alternative would not only dim the hopes of a gifted youth, it would diminish our potential as a compassionate society.”[13]

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