Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. He can be reached on [email protected]
We applied for a grant from Facebook, they did not give us. We applied for a grant from Google, they did not give us. We applied for a small business loan from the United States Government, they did not give us. We applied for several other grants in the United States, none gave us. We placed a donate button on our website, white, black and brown people did not donate. We approached Melinda and Bill Gates, they did not give us. We wrote Barack Obama, he did not reply us. We contacted Ford Foundation, they did not give us. It’s not like people are not enjoying our work. Some days, we have up to 100 thousand people reading, all for free, our news publication TODAY NEWS AFRICA, which focuses on black people in the United States, in Africa and around the the world. If black lives matter, they should matter when black people are alive and trying to build legitimate businesses.
Since George Floyd was brutally choked to death by ex-Minneapolis white cop Derek Chauvin, we have covered the protests in Washington DC and our publisher Simon Ateba was teargassed at the White House last weekend.
It seems to us that black lives only matter when black people are already dead. If our reporters are shot dead by racist cops, the videos may go viral and many people would want to donate for our burial and golden caskets. But, here, while we are still alive, some of the biggest names on the planet who are often seen on television defending black people, failed to encourage our own business.
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Our publication is gradually becoming the voice and mind of black people and black issues in the United States, Africa and around the world. But without support, we are being crushed to death, maybe not with a white knee but with a society that does not in reality give a damn about black businesses and black people.
Between yesterday and today, with over 50 articles, we have focused on the COVID-19 crisis from the WHO to the IMF to educate black people and inform them about what is being done to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. However, our team or reporters, researchers and freelancers is on the brink of giving up without any support from anyone.
We will not make this long. But if black lives matter, support us by donating to us here so we can keep pushing black issues to the frontline of discussion.
We thank you.