Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Juba Massacre and the consequent massacres

What's important is not mere blame but a process leading to avoidance of historical mistakes. And sometimes bad things have to be relived to avoid their re-occurrences. Anyone, who's ever watched slaves' narratives made into motion pictures might have sometimes questioned the logic of such movies. The pain and anger one feels makes one question the intelligibility in making such gut-wrenching reliving of a painful, grotesque, and immoral past. However, history is a necessary monster that makes the reliving of such events necessary. We have to be reminded of a painful past in order not to repeat it.

We've now passed the second anniversary of the inception of the current crisis and we've been more divided than we've been in decades. South Sudanese are more divided now than they've ever been. And it'll take a very skilled, brave and selfless leader to bring all the tribes together.

I can't see that leader!

As we commemorate the deaths that started in Juba and spread to other states in South Sudan, we come to realize the selfish manner in which we rationalize the crisis. Each and every tribe wants the crisis contextualized to its advantage without realizing the alienating problematic it engenders. It's impossible for one to expect others to value his pain and expect others not to expect a realistic reciprocity.
As we enter the 3rd year with peace still not in sight, I urge all South Sudanese to be cognizant of the pain of others. A loss of one child to one mother is as painful as a loss of 10 children to another mother. While third parties would sympathize more with the 10-children mother, the 1-child mother will not understand the rationalization of the third party observer.
The best thing we can do to the two mothers is to acknowledge their pains, and make every effort for no mother to lose her child again.

The trend young people have embraced is worrying. If things continue this way, then South Sudan will be in crisis for decades to come. The assumption that "YOU HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY PAIN BUT I DOUBT IF YOU'RE IN PAIN' is dangerous.

Lest we forget but also lest we repeated it!

To deny the Nuer massacre in Juba is not only unconscionable, it also shows the moral decay that's plagued South Sudan. Besides, anyone who downplays the massacres that happened in other towns in South Sudan is equally unconscionable, and immoral.



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!