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Adair 1 Lacey Adair Professor Oh English 201/Final Draft 2/2/16 Blood Diamond: Social Injustices in the Diamond Trade in Africa The horrors of the...

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Adair 1 Lacey Adair Professor Oh English 201/Final Draft 2/2/16 Blood Diamond: Social Injustices in the Diamond Trade in Africa The horrors of the diamond trade in relation to the standing Western marketplace in Africa was disclosed in the film, Blood Diamond directed by Edward Zwick, and exposed these problems to the public. Prior to this movie, the public didn’t really mind much or knew about the harsh conditions of diamond mining in Africa. This film touched upon an array of social injustices which touched the hearts of the many. People began to realize these injustices after this film got really popular and rated highly. The social injustices presented in this film were reflected off of real-life instances and because of this exploitation the situation in Africa has been somewhat alleviated. The film tapped into references to actual accounts of issues involving child soldiers, pillaging villages, and the enslavement of people from other African villages. Though, this is a very extreme view of the diamond related conflicts in these areas, it says some truth as to what is going on. There have been real cases of child soldiers and villages being pillaged in poor regions such as Sierra Leone, which is where this movie was set in. There was a new-found way of making money and that was from harvesting diamonds. In poor areas, violence becomes inevitable when it comes to making quick cash. The “ easily concealable, illicit diamonds were quickly and efficiently smuggled abroad. Willing dealers then converted them into cash, weapons, and drugs or used them to evade taxes and launder money” (Hennessey, “Diamond Movie Unearths Rock-Hard Ethical Dilemmas”). This created an open door for Western buyers
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Adair 2 to bring in diamonds in a very cheap fashion by the use of captured African peoples or even African peoples with low wage. The influence of Capitalism is a huge factor and is what kept the atrocities an issue in African societies. Capitalistic endeavours in the diamond mines were located in poor African areas. “Of course, violence has been an essential component of power in many other socioeconomic systems, but it continues into the rational organization of capitalist economic activities. Violence is frequently a legitimate, if implicit, component of power exercised by bureaucrats” (Acker, “Is Capitalism Gendered and Racialized?”). Power was created by the fear and violence that the peoples of these nations received because of the struggle for diamonds. The brutes that enforced the terrorism were the ones that were kept in power and were kept in business. The Capitalists that harvested the conflict diamonds were allowing for this madness to remain an imminent issue just for the profits. Harsh effects result from the Capitalist extremists that would run practices of this in Africa. The racism that exists within this film influences the characters and their decisions which ultimately has an effect on other characters of color. The main character, Danny Archer, is a illegal diamond smuggler and has a lot of racist ideologies. He simply wants to use Solomon Vandy, who is one of the main supporting characters, because he knows of a location where a huge diamond nugget was, and it was worth over 2 million British pounds. Danny Archer could care less about what the Africans were going through, he only cared about using them for diamonds so he could buy his way out of Africa. Only in the end did he really care about Solomon was when there was no way out for him. He shared these same beliefs with other Westerners that came there to make money off of the diamond trade and off of the enslavement of Africans that were caught up in the trade. The whole time there was a sense that Solomon and
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Adair 1 Lacey Adair
Professor Oh
English 201/Final Draft
2/2/16
Blood Diamond: Social Injustices in the Diamond Trade in Africa
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