I fear I do not understand the relevancy of your anecdote about the young boy
in Zanzibar. The powers that be (the rulers of Zanzibar) should answer for a
youngster who is out peddling wares if he does not attend school (Did you ask
him?). If he does not own a pair of shoes (many African youngsters do not
wear shoes all the time.), they should also answer for that.
Poverty is pretty much endemic in the world. We also still have the remnants
of a class structure in this country, although we have a democratic system.
Africa is in the hands of Africans, and even the days of "neocolonialism are
pretty much gone. Some African societies are matriarchies, while most are
not. What do your travel experience have to do with racism in our own
country, or John Bigger's life? I am confused.
Yours, Steven Dornbusch