Of course, none of this is surprising. Black African lives are simply not valued as highly as those of Westerners. The more favorable treatment accorded to Western Ebola patients compared to Africans afflicted with the same disease is just one example of this phenomenon. As Owen Jones writes:
"When aid workers have succumbed to Ebola, they have been invariably flown out and given ZMapp, an experimental drug that seems to have saved their lives. British nurse William Pooley is one and – having been flown out and saved – he wants to return. But this treatment is denied to Africans dying from an agonising hemorrhagic fever, which leaves victims bleeding on both the outside and the inside."Similar stories can be found relating to a number of issues. As the Catholic Bishops of Kenya noted in 2012, the aggressive promotion of contraception in African countries by wealthy Western organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, while millions of Africans are mired in poverty, is both insulting and dehumanizing. Such policies assume that the best way to solve the problem of poverty is to simply do away with the poor.
There is little discussion of alternatives such as native African control of natural resources, as this would clash with the neoliberal Washington Consensus that denies to poor countries those same national development strategies used by the rich nations when they were in the process of industrialization. African countries are thus left with few palatable policy choices, and most countries are forced to adopt a neoliberal model. African life becomes a secondary or even tertiary concern, if it is even on the table at all. An outcome that is all too familiar to the people of Africa.