Friday, February 18, 2005

Another Ridiculous African Custom

The Crossfader has no patience for African "tradition" (or any other for that matter) especially when such tradition has the cumulative effect of squandering the immeasurable talents of whole swathes of the continent for the sake of little more than bullshit. The latest example of this can be found in this NY Times piece on Sub-Saharan Africa's AIDS widows and orphans. It seems that "tradition" often dictates that the belongings of a deceased male belongs not to his wife and children but to his brothers resulting in a man's immediately family being left destitute in the wake of his death. While this may have made sense at some point in the past, it is ridiculous in this day and age and is nothing more than a power grab under the guise of culture, as most things are.

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