Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WHERE'S OUR IMAGINATION?!

Failure of thought among Africans and people of African descent

- Most of us frown (or even get angry) if people of other races try to put down our race or if they praise their races over and above what we all know our race is. Some of them call us unflattering names and all we do is seek refuge in the cliché that "they're 'racists.'"

The question I ask myself and our people is where's our imagination?

We've been described by a color that's unflattering and we've embraced it like nobody's business. We've gone to the extent that the color has become us and we the color. We've become so lost in the color itself that who we are has become a mystery! We've been forced to see no difference between who we are and the supposed color that has been assumed to describe our skin pigmentation. However ridiculous that comparison is, we appear to have no choice. The color has become our identity when it doesn't capture anything about who we are: our physique, our values, our traditions, our ingenuity, our humanity...

My question is....where's our imagination...?

The people who call us names come up with names to denigrate us and go ahead and suggest how we should feel, and how we should respond to the names they came up with to denigrate us. Sometimes they say nasty words to us because they know "I'm terribly sorry' is something they'll always say afterwards to pacify us!

My question is....where's our imagination?! Why get angry when you can think? Why get angry when you know who you are, your amazing humanity -

~ inspired by the book "Is 'Black' Really Beautiful?" Did you read it? ~
 
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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.