No sound-minded human being would ever say with a straight face, that human classification based on color [race], is inherently necessary. "Human racial classification,"
writes Richard Lewontin in 1972, "is of no social value and is positively destructive of social and human relations." I totally agree with that. However, color-based human classification has become a social reality no one can ignore.

Race impacts our contemporary sociopolitical way of life even when many imminent scholars try to argue race into oblivion. While Europeans...

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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