Monday, March 18, 2013

Hiding Within the Status Quo


No one has ever changed anything by being stuck within the status quo. And no one has ever changed anything by following the rules set within any given exclusive system; especially rules that are meant to make sure some people stay where they are required to say.
However, this is a state of mind that many people wouldn’t venture into because of the cost that comes with it.

So accept the status quo and stay ‘[p]eaceful!’

For those, who are informed about the affairs of the world, and those who live in North America, this concept is easy to grasp. We have institutionalized hatred (which is called racism); institutionalized inferiority, which is projected as superiority and the [accepted] place of the Capitalist Czars. The words of the Czars sound sweet even when they are imbecilic.

What is sad is the extent to which people internalize some truisms even when such truisms are meant to make them appear stinky. This is either a question of powerlessness or one’s inability to be critical about issues.




We have many people of goodwill in this world. Well, if one is prepared to accept that. You can see the likes of well-known faces in Hollywood and other celebrities, such as royal faces. These are people who give their times and hearts to make sure the plight of the less fortunate is heard. We have seen the likes of Angelina Jolie with refugees in Africa, Middle East and Asia. We’ve seen the works of George Clooney and John Pendergrass in Sudan and South Sudan. Noble of them, eh!

We also have many people in North America, who are involved in social services and non-profit in order to help immigrants, refugees and people in the low-income category.
However, what I don’t know is the extent to which these people believe the status quo has to change. Do they believe that the status quo has to change starting with themselves? Duh! You’d say! But this is not as simple as that!

Professors write books and article against ‘Racism,’ Sexism, exploitation of the poor by Capitalists Czars in what is now famously known as the ‘Western World.’
However, what one has to know is that these professors know the extent to which their campaigns don’t impinge on their accepted part of the status quo. There’s an extent beyond which these professors would want the status quo maintained.

When I walked into a professor’s office for him to read my manuscript (about race, color and racism…now a book) and he asks me if I wanted to change the status quo, I know something was wrong somewhere. This is one of the people known to be open-minded and experienced enough in cultural issues.
This is what I’ve come to learn. People will take you seriously if your essence furthers their beliefs and the nature of what they do. However much they think you are intelligent, your intelligence is [nothing to them] if it doesn’t fit within the accepted belief within the status quo.

I have a Canadian passport; however, I still call myself South Sudanese. First, I’m always asked where I come from or where I originally came from. That says that my being Canadian will always be an incomplete state of being.  My community is only in the news when something bad happens; say for example, a murder. If a community calls the media to cover some positive events, the media goes silent. This either means there is a given acceptable perception of the South Sudanese community, or the media has to maintain a given acceptable belief of the media status quo.

I’d like to give Canadians a different side of such a society; an intellectualized presentation of the people’s nature and their plight. My presentation either infringes on the status quo or it’s not what the community is supposed to be. The community has to always remain [known as a war traumatized lot].

Anyone understands that some standards have to be maintained in any given institutional set-up. That’s a given. However, what remains puzzling is how the media, which is always seen as a corrector of the society’s deviant ways, has become a contributing factor to the maintenance of the status quo.

If you can’t highlight the positive happenings within a given community, and only reports the grotesque happenings then your message is that such a community has to always be reflected in the Canadian public eyes as perennially hopeless and lost.

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ON CULTURAL IDENTITY & BELONGING

Dear Melbournians, the South Sudanese people to be precise. Do you think we have seen it all? Do you think we have seen that: I mean in the aftermath of yesteryears, in regard to our culture and the notions around identity and belonging? Do you think we have seen the true reaping of what we sowed years ago? Do you really think so? After all, did we really sow anything like seeds and that there’s something to be reaped? Did we really live it out well to be seen today?

I am sorry to have bothered you, my potential readers, with questions regarding our social, economic, and political location in our host society: Australia. I think we have not seen it all and as a whole: The idea that people are bound by certain values and beliefs of significance to them. This requires cooperation and role-specific obligations on the roles of every man and woman across a given people and their society.

TOLERANCE & INCLUSION


While it is possible for us to racially discriminate or judge people we know, the chances of judging people we know diminish significantly the more we know them. An easy example of the importance of understanding others is the attitude people develop when they want to harm others or when they want to deny them something valuable. Essentially, before you fight someone, you insult them. Insults are attempts at diminishing the value of people, an attempt at estranging them, as Toni Morrison argued in The Origin of Others. It is easy to discriminate against strangers or make others strangers or dehumanized in order to discriminate against them.

Transformational Leadership, Inclusive Institutions and Service Provision

Leadership, given what is happening now in South Sudan, and generally in Africa, fascinates me. And it fascinates me not in a good way but because of the sociopolitical and socioeconomic ills facing the African continent and most of the so-called 'Third World.' To me, South Sudan, now, is a classic case.

Rebellion by disaffected politico-military leaders and repression by the government of South Sudan in Juba have stunted institutional development and leadership growth. This has made service provision almost irrelevant as political survival has taken primacy and supremacy. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

‘Black’ as an Identity Oversimplification and Mockery

Black as a universalized cultural identity of the African Person (AP)* is a residual effect of slave and colonial mentality; a racial/race paradigm. It is a malady I call, conservatively speaking, stuck-in-the-past syndrome of color constraints. Black could be an on-the-street ‘social identifier’ of race figures not a meaningful phenomenon of deep cultural identification on a universal scale.