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Old 11-01-2015, 03:49 AM
 
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Their fertility rate is high because their infant mortality rate is high, it kind of balances out.
"balance out"?
Ethiopia passed from 12 million inhabitants in 1936 to over 75 million in 2007.
Plus, the whole argument that "Europeans stole African resources and thus Africa is poor" is only partly true: Europeans (like Chinese now) have been plundering Africa for long but it's not like Africa before was at the forefront of innovations, inventions or discovery and it was neither particularly rich aside from the elites (like Europe after all, it's not like the average European folk lived that well).

 
Old 11-01-2015, 04:12 AM
 
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The curious thing about this issue is nobody I have ever talked to had a problem recognizing racial differences in athletics. People of African ancestry absolutely dominate others in certain events. Nobody would say that the reason that African sprinters outnumber Caucasian sprinters is because of better training, better diet, etc.. Everyone is aware that the differences are caused by physical differences due to our evolutionary pasts. In addition to this, nobody would push for affirmative action in sports events to even the playing field, they would be laughed at.

**I do not condone racist behavior in the slightest. What I am saying doesn't imply that every person of x race is better than every person of y race at a certain thing, it just means that on average there exist differences. Everyone should be treated based on their own individual merits, not the average merits of their race.

Very well said, there is a difference between being "racist" and racially aware. It is pretty obvious that humans have evolved differently.
 
Old 11-01-2015, 04:28 AM
 
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"balance out"?
Ethiopia passed from 12 million inhabitants in 1936 to over 75 million in 2007.
Plus, the whole argument that "Europeans stole African resources and thus Africa is poor" is only partly true: Europeans (like Chinese now) have been plundering Africa for long but it's not like Africa before was at the forefront of innovations, inventions or discovery and it was neither particularly rich aside from the elites (like Europe after all, it's not like the average European folk lived that well).

Their fertility rate is high because they don't have access to contraception, their governments are also inept at population control. Infant mortality rate remains high. The way it is going is pretty much a vicious cycle.
 
Old 11-01-2015, 07:28 AM
 
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Their fertility rate is high because they don't have access to contraception, their governments are also inept at population control. Infant mortality rate remains high. The way it is going is pretty much a vicious cycle.
What are the governments good at besides warfare and stuffing the leaders' Swiss bank accounts?
 
Old 11-01-2015, 07:35 AM
 
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Because until a few decades ago Africa was mostly colonies of European countries
It's all "whitey's" fault? Israel isn't poor. India is rapidly becoming less poor. The OP is right; African countries, by and large, gained independence during an era when Fabian socialism was the rage. This was great for the rulers since they were able to get their hands on both the countries' own income and aid moneys to "redistribute." Except they forgot to distribute the funds. They enjoyed holding them too much.
 
Old 11-01-2015, 08:04 AM
 
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Has anyone mentioned about the average IQ of the countries' population?
 
Old 11-01-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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Has anyone mentioned about the average IQ of the countries' population?

It has been discussed, see above.
 
Old 11-01-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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It has been discussed, see above.

Do you all agree that it's the main factor, or at least one of the main factors?

I recall someone saying that "there is no such thing as third world countries; one third world people."
 
Old 11-01-2015, 08:48 AM
 
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Do you all agree that it's the main factor, or at least one of the main factors?

I recall someone saying that "there is no such thing as third world countries; one third world people."

I personally think it is one of the main factors. I would not call most black American communities successful either.
 
Old 11-01-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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I personally think it is one of the main factors. I would not call most black American communities successful either.
Black American communities are paradisaical compared to what happens in Africa.
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