As I was reading the NY Times today, I found myself intrigued by an article about pirates. On one hand, I was struck by the fact that there are still pirates. And then I read about Abshir Boyah, a towering, notorious Somali pirate boss who admits to hijacking more than 25 ships and to being a member of a secretive pirate council called “The Corporation.” In the past 18 months, Somali pirates have netted as much as $100 million hijacking dozens of ships and holding them ransom. I’m guessing they aren’t doing this with a peg leg and a pirate on their shoulder
According to the Times, Mr. Boyah, 43, was born in Eyl, a pirate den on the coast. He said he dropped out of school in third grade, became a fisherman and took up hijacking after illegal fishing by foreign travelers destroyed his livelihood in the mid-1990s. I wonder if he’s considered going on the motivational speakers circuit sharing his inspiring story;
How I went from third grade to being a wealthy pirate …And how you can too!
Recently at a meeting between foreign journalists and Pirate Boyah, he grumbled over a plate of camel meat and spaghetti “Ha! Me eating with white men. This is like the cat eating with the mice!” And then it hit me, he’s black. Let’s face it, the powerful Somali pirates do not fit our Johnny Depp swash buckling pirate ideal.
Sure we voted an African American President of the United States, but are we truly ready to embrace an African American Pirate?