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White envy: UK paper smears Kipchoge’s win

One of Africa’s greatest thinkers, the famous Senegalese scholar Cheikh Anta Diop, has demonstrated conclusively that Africa is the cradle of human civilization. The pyramids of Egypt – a prodigious marvel of human genius – were built by Africans. Mzungus for a while attempted to claim credit for the construction. Or said the wonders were done by supermen who descended from outer space!

The oldest existing and continually operating educational institution in the world is the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco. It still offers degrees today. Fatima al-Fihri, a Muslim woman, built the university. It would be 229 years before the first university appeared in Europe at Bologna, Italy.

Africa has many world firsts but European racism/white supremacy has often discredited those achievements and depicted the continent and black people everywhere as backward and incapable of anything notable. All stupendous accomplishments in the world are the work of mzungu – including being the “first man” to “discover” Mt Kenya, as if there were no people living around that mountain since time immemorial.

This racist ideology persists today in the supposed enlightened “global village” and is most notable in western media coverage of Africa.

After Eliud Kipchoge the Great won the London Marathon on April 28, the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper attempted to pee on the Kenyan athlete’s glory. The paper ran an article titled, “The evolution of marathon running in recent years is troubling… it’s hard not to question the elite in the £1bn race”.

The report said: “There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by the runner Steve Cram gushingly referred to as ‘the boss’ on Sunday, but Kipchoge is rewriting the record books when his native Kenya is in the midst of a major doping crisis and there are widespread concerns about anti-doping standards in Ethiopia.”

So, even when an African grabs the glory on the world stage, it must take a mzungu called Steve Cram to validate him!

Mzungu journalist tells us there is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of Kipchoge the Great in this comment, so what is the point? Why is doping the context in which Kipchoge the Great’s achievement should be understood? The next sentence reveals the crass racism behind this assessment:

“No longer do we blindly attribute African brilliance to being born at altitude and running to and from school every day.”

The racism in this remark is called nativism – attributing Kipchoge’s success to where he was born while completely taking no account of the many hours of rigorous training he devotes to the sport.

And, by the way, who are the “we” in that statement? Muzungus, of course.

“No longer do we accept the explanation, given to reporters by Kenyan coaches when Farah was training there in 2014, that it was the nearly-men and women who were cheating, ‘not the top guys’. Clearly that isn’t true.”

So, to the Daily Mail, Kipchoge the Great’s win is dubious – even when they deny that is what they are saying.

Many Kenyans commenting on the article rubbished it. “The person who wrote this article is just pathetic. In sports you win some and you lose some. What makes you a sore loser is reacting like this journalist,” one wrote.

The Observer agrees 100 per cent. But the matter is much deeper than the mzungu journalist being a sore loser. It is racism/white supremacy.

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