Monday, January 11, 2016

Race Purity in North America

Many things have changed in North America but the issue of racial purity has remained the same since the days of slavery. And racism (racial hatred actually), we've seen, is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Until such time when a 'white' parent will include his/her mixed-race child in his/her race, it's a waste of time to talk of end of prejudice. Nelson Mandela was right that no one is born with prejudice but when one is born into it and starts learning prejudice as the function of color differentials then the difference between 'learned' prejudice and 'natural' one disappears. 
It's understandable as illustrated by many mixed-race children in books, films and literature that this is a societal imposition. But who's the society? When one accepts what society imposes without grand attempt to challenge it then one becomes complicit.
It's a moral tragedy that a child with one 'white' parent is excluded identity-wise from part of her heritage, her blood. The exclusion of a mixed-raced child from the 'white' side of her identity has remained the same since slavery. It's remained so from the 1600 to now (2015). 
"Yes, you're part of our family, but 'race?' sorry, honey, you're not in and cannot be in."
Whether it's Fredrick Douglas during slavery and reconstruction, or Lawrence Hill in 2015 Canada, the problematic of mixed-race children has remained a haunting, counter-civilization constant. 
Jesus son of Joseph the carpenter!!
Having read heart-breaking words from mixed-race children, especially the participants in Lawrence Hill's book, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada) and how they are excluded racially from their 'white' side of the family, I was forced to question whether we've gone anywhere racially speaking.
Anyone who blames Donald Trump should acquaint himself/herself with America and Canada of the past and America of today. Whether it's America during slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow or contemporary America, a cop can get away with a murder of an African-American.
Some people, especially Americans, will tell you "this is the reality of the world.' However, a place that prides in moral sublimity should also pride in having left the barbarous past behind. American has changed for better or for worse, however, that change has also come with a change in a manner in which prejudice is exercised.
"We are no hiring!" as Eddie Griffin would say!

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.