Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dr. Ben Carson, Political Myopia and Sociopolitical illiteracy

"I guess it depends on what the faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter."
        “No, I do not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

          Dr. Ben S. Carson.

Having seen the negative response to his vile, ignorant, bigoted and irresponsible comments, Dr. Carson tried to rationalize his comments by saying he only meant Muslims who follow ‘Sharia Law.’ It’s so sad that a highly respected Neurosurgeon didn’t find it fit to acquaint himself with Islam in order to separate bigots in Islam and the average, peaceful Muslim!
Dr. Carson, a man who prides himself in the value of education is embracing values (or vices I should say) that negate the essence of what he’s spent his life drumming onto young people’s ears: education.
A man whose ancestors and people (African-Americans) were treated like animals in America and denied the juice of the American niceties had forgotten the recent past. He’s now assumed the position of the oppressor, who decides who is to benefit from what and why! Instead of championing inclusiveness and criticize what affects the average American, the good Dr. Ben embraced the don’t-care-attitude of the American South that dreams of bringing back racial segregation, and even slavery.

But some people see Dr. Carson's comments about a Muslim not becoming president of United States through the prism of realist school of thought. This means he's appealing, in a pragmatic sense, to a selected, disillusional lot who dream of bringing back the past: "Bringing Our Country Back!"  Still, others see his responses as an honest visceral response regarding what he feels; that is, he doesn't want to be diplomatic (or lie like other politicians) by saying what's not in his heart.  And bizarrely though, there are those who are applauding Dr. Carson because his response appeals to their myopic, denigrating utopian puritanism of the American past. This past, which Dr. Carson would not want brought back, is what he's exploiting.
Yesterday it was 'Whites Only' for President but now, as Dr. Carson wants us to believe, it's "Christians Only for President."
It’s true to say that Islam is more prone to vengeful politicization and violence than any other religion NOW on earth; however, it’s ignorant to use small, mindless, literalists to generalize 5 million Americans. How many Muslims in America are suicide bombers? How many Muslims in America treat woman in a subservient manner?  How many Muslims in America embrace the literalist application of 'Sharia Law'? Is it wise for a respected doctor to equate all Muslim Americans with the likes of Al Qaeda, ISIS, Al Shabab?

There are American Muslims who are doctors and treat everyone with equality and respect! There are Muslim professors and teachers who teach children with equality and respect! And there are even Muslim Americans in the military and law enforcement who protect all Americans with pride and pure patriotism. It’s vile for the Dr. Ben to use non-Americans to judge all Muslim Americans!
Why can’t the good doctor use his campaign staff to get some quantitative, sociological studies to see how many Muslims fall into the doctor’s close-minded rationalization of issues? So being a republican candidate makes people hate facts and embrace the world of emotive irrationality! How can Dr. Carson look young Muslim Americans in the eye and tell them: “I’ll be your president and I’ll protect your right. But remember there are things I’d not allow you to enjoy!”

 

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.