I've always maintained that critics are actually the friends of any government because they present the leadership with a mirror through which leaders can check their performance and public approval or disapproval.
In South Sudan, and other countries where repression and intolerance is the order of the day, critics are seen as the problem; the vilifiers.
Instead of capitalizing on critics, South Sudanese leadership tends to see critics as their enemies. The actual enemies of South Sudan are those who don't correct the errors. Those who see the leadership going astray and condone the act are the enemy number ONE of South Sudan.
What leaders need to do is to study what critics say or write and negate it by deeds that can be deemed helpful to South Sudan. A good deed is never criticized and that's what we tend to forget.
Let's functionalize criticism for our own benefit.
RACE: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT
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...