Letters: Feb. 6, 1984

State of Africa

To the Editors:

We criticize Africa for its political and economic problems [Jan. 16] but fail to consider what the U.S. was like on its 25th anniversary. In 1801 many Americans were illiterate. Transportation was poor, and the nation had a weak central government, minority problems, strong regional loyalties and was dependent on foreign allies. Taking a cue from our own history, we should give Africa more time to deal with its woes.

Steven C. Foshay Boonton, N.J.

Senegal's Leopold Senghor says, "The colonizing powers did not prepare us for independence."...

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