Sunday, March 22, 2015

Police Brutality, Racial Indoctrination and Racial Profilng


All of us know that police brutality is a universal phenomenon. Whether it’s South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, USA, South Sudan, Kenya; police brutality is a known fact.
However, police brutality in the United States of America, Brazil (and sometimes Canada) has a twisted racio-historical paradigm that makes it unsettlingly pernicious with it racial profiling and preconceived badness of outgroup races.

Young African-American men that are routinely killed by police fall within a theoretical psycho-social, ethno-economic space created for them by centuries of racial degradation. European-American police officers are themselves victims of their upbringing. They are mentally tortured souls through years of home race schooling. With brutal efficiency, they are fed with the pernicious falsehood that African-American young men are violent ‘good-for-nothing’ animals. This is a reality no one should explain to African-Americans because they know it better. Ironically, racists are deadly people who need help to see the inevitable and irreversible social and historical changes.
America is a racially confused and lost nation imprisoned by its own creation.
As a South Sudanese, I have my own share of racial degradation; however; the paradigms though not the same, are not that markedly different. South Sudanese were subjected to centuries of slave raids by Arab merchants; and South Sudanese we treated like second class citizens in their own country because of their religio-racial realities.  Villages were razed to the ground, millions of women and children either killed or displaced from their homes…all in the name of racial and religious inferiority.

The saddest thing about the problem in the United States is the manner in which young men try to defy people who have a robotic perception of them. European-American police officers with years of false indoctrination have little sympathy for people they see as menace to society. And their perceptive falsehood should be seen as the tip of the iceberg in what Margaret Cannon calls an ‘invisible empire.’
It’s very crucial for parents, community leaders and activists, city councillors, legislators, church leaders and other stakeholders, to teach kids that resisting police is not a show of manhood or virility but a suicide mission. Submission to police is not weakness but a cognitive necessity to have one live another day to learn and contribute towards changing the police and European-American mindset.

Some of these police officers have been brought up to think in a prejudicial manner and to get rid of their mindset, if they are really ready to let it go, would take years of unlearning.
America is theoretically desegregated but practically it’s not. And this segregation is both historically racial and contemporarily economical. American is a psychological prison as a function of race.

While police academies are taking cultural and racial sensitivities into consideration, it’s crucial to embark on preventative programs of education and simple instructions on how to handle police and their brutality. There are of course bigoted European-American police officers who’d kill African-Americans and lie about it; however, there are some whose perception of African-Americans is a naïve function of their upbringing and they need a lot of help to unlearn such fatal and hateful falsehood.
While this might appear like blaming the victims, it’s a pragmatic message to the living to avoid racial onslaught of the bigoted European-American police.

Let our kids live another day!

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.