Friday, May 1, 2015

President's Speech and the Alleged Case of Plagiarism

There is no doubt that the president of South Sudan has demonstrated in every possible way that he's failed. However, we need to remember that no leader in the world can function by himself without the support of experts. This is where President Kiir needs help.


However, the president has to be willing to make use of experts to make decisions, or even in speech writing. There has to be a team of experts, who  should discuss president's decisions before they are made public. Besides, the president needs to practice his speeches before he reads them.

What South Sudanese leadership needs to understand is that leadership decisions all over the world, except in dictatorial nations, are made after extensive consultations with those who have relevant expertise.

It's apparent that the speech writers of the recent commencement address by the president in the University of Juba was a case of plagiarism. If the president had a capable team of experts and writers, such a mistake could have been avoid. The incident not only insults the office of the president, it insults the entire South Sudan citizenry.

The president therefore needs to make sure speech writers are professionals. Those who plagiarized the speech need to either be fired or disciplined.

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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!