Many people have this view of Sub-Saharan Africa as a dystopian nightmare full of violence, corruption and poverty. But this is view is both exaggerated and outdated in many ways. We always hear about the starving children in Africa but extreme malnutrition has halved since 1990, poverty and HIV rates have plateaud and deaths due to wars has decreased from 2000-2005 and has remained low since. So Africa has made huge strides and is no where near the brutish cesspit the reactionary dipshits would like portray it as.Africa is growing fast and it would be a boon to the US economy to enter in (mutually beneficial) trade agreements with the AU as it moves toward a greater degree of integration. But because so many people in the US just see Africa as a backwater, they haven't paid attention to the responses that African countries have had to the killing of George Floyd and just like Zimbabwe discriminating against white farmers disproportionately hurt its' trade relationships with the EU, we should expect the same to hold true for the US and AU. Maybe they're happy with some of those trade benefits going to China.
I'm not pretending that there aren't people in the US who would try to economically dominate Africa, but that's not the only way to set up trade relationships.