The fallout of British imperialism is still being felt in Africa. The incredibly racist British rule introduced many laws that are incredibly punitive. The laws allowed the British occupiers to arrest any dissident that they pleased. This kept the population under the British thumb and allowed their imperialism to perpetuate throughout the continent. Eventually, the world saw this as problematic and the British Empire fell. Unfortunately, many of these punitive petty crimes that the British used to subjugate the population are still on the books.
This allows the governments left in Africa to continue to subjugate their citizens. Take the story of James in Kenya, for example. A well-respected teacher, James was known in the community for having a mental disability. He was an incredibly well-behaved citizen when he took his medication.
Unfortunately, one day James was unable to take his medication. His outlandish actions did not include any real crimes. He would simply dance down the street singing aloud. But the punitive petty crimes on the books allowed the police to arrest him and put him in jail for a long period of time without charge. Under the old British law, James was a “vagabond”. Read more on NYTimes.com.
Another story comes out of Malawi where a 196-year-old law was used against Mayeso Gwanda. He was simply giving up early in the morning to go sell plastic bags at the market. He was assaulted by police who were trying to extort money out of him. When he had no money, they arrested him for being a “rogue”. He also sat in jail for a long period of time without charge.
Fortunately for the world, the Open Society Foundation is fighting these punitive, draconian, Imperial-era laws. The foundation has quite a reach around the world. The Open Society Foundation has plenty of funding coming out of the United States in the form of billions of dollars. The organization itself is more of an umbrella. There are hundreds of nonprofit organizations that fall under this umbrella around the world in more than 100 countries.
The OPS has a very interesting history. It was founded in 1979 by billionaire George Soros. The original intent of the group was to aid citizens of communist countries whose governments had fallen. The organization aims to help those citizens transition into a democratic way of life in order to rid the planet of authoritarian rule.
George Soros still funds the Open Society Foundation. He is now worth more than $25 billion and his war on communism has succeeded. He now fights for the underrepresented and vulnerable all across the world. Soros has given more than $12 billion of his own wealth to this endeavor and continues to pour money into fighting such things as petty crimes in Africa.
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