Saturday, October 5, 2013

Functionalization of Criticism

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.

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SELF-ESTEEM AND DISCRIMINATION

As someone who grew up in war conditions and lived as a refugee for a long time, I'm sometimes considered by many people in the 'west' to be prone to (or have) low self-esteem, be poor or illiterate. Living as refugees or displaced persons, who depended on the good will of others put people in a situation where they don't think much about themselves. But that's not everyone though.

As I stood by our front desk at my place work talking about Race and Identity in relation to my book, Is 'Black' Really Beautiful?, the issue of why many African peoples in North America become so over-sensitive when racial issues come up! For many rational people, this owes its origin to slavery and racial segregation.

But one of my coworkers, a person of European descent, was surprised to realize that her 'black' friend, a very intelligent woman, easily becomes irritated by simple things she [friend] considers racist. The friend considers any mention of a watermelon racist; and complains a lot about 'white privilege.' This means that discrimination is considered something 'whites' don't face because of 'white privilege.' In any discussion between 'blacks' and 'whites', 'white privilege' issue comes up!