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Famine victims don't need rockstars

  • Rock stars have been attempting to help the famine victim's in Africa since the 1980s but these ventures may be worsening the problem instead. 

    William Easterly of Slate writes that celebrity relief concerts tend to portray that Africans are "helpless" and are waiting to be saved. 

    "If autocracy is the problem, the insulting stereotypes perpetrated by celebrities make the problem worse rather than better," he said. "These stereotypes make it harder to recognize how much Africans deserve greater political and economic rights to actively determine their own destiny."

    Rock stars would be better off trying to help Ethiopian dissidents who are behind bars for demanding democracy. 

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