Friday, April 13, 2007

Racism boils beneath

(I have been trying to post this since yestrday).

Yesterday, just as I started a new post, news started trickling in that there was trouble in town. The peaceful demo against the give away of Mabira Forest had gone awry.

I decided to wait and see how it’d unfold. It did. Badly.

Running battles, dead people who’d assured their wives at home that this time, it was safe coz the police chief had been quoted just the previous day saying that there wouldn’t be any trouble.

Now, three innocent people are dead.

This is not a post where I lay blame. Don’t have the strength to do that.

Just trying to imagine, though I can’t, what people of Asian extract are feeling right now. All the shops that belong to Indians’ in town, the one’s I know of anyway, are closed. I gues there’s going to be heavy traffic out of the country at the airport this weekend.

I shudder to think that most of the people on the streets are not feeling any remorse. How can we look at the Rwandans and say they are savage after 1994 when we are displaying the same traits?

I know, most of the people who threw the stones’ that ended the life of the unfortunate guy in the black shirt were part of the ‘led,’ not the instigators. But have we no shame? How do you pick a rock and cast it at the head of a HUMAN being, knowing well that it could end his life, will end his life?

Yesterday, we showed ourselves for who we really are; we are a racist lot and when we go to the USA and get Rodney King’d we should just shut it. The events also exposed the danger we are in. We live on the brink of madness, just as the Tutsis in Rwanda lived with killers next to them yet they exchanged gifts at Christmas and invited them into their houses for their children’s birthdays.

I saw a TV presenter yesterday who, in the middle of his show, said almost as an afterthought that we should observe a moment of silence for the “Bayindi who lost their lives,” this with a smirk on his face.

I heard two chicks laughingly saying they wished the mob had gone for their Indian bosses and beaten the crap outta them.

And the president must have not heard the full extent of the chaos when he made those arrogant remarks while at the VP’s home. He was making light of a situation that some people will inevitably pin on him.

The only one who might breath more easily in this maelstrom is the VP. At least the Red Pepper might give him a break after all.

Don’t you just hate it when Blogger just wont open when you click Blog This!?


Blogger The 27th Comrade said...

Oh, so, LA, you thought we weren't as bad as them guys?
We all need to lose faith in our capability to be good (or half-good). Then, we can know that, for example, every leader we vote into office is going to let us down. That done, we can start to be more-realistic.

On that stuff of the rioters ... well, I have said enough. Said my lot. I have even run out of barbed expletives.

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah right, Ugandans are a hospitable and welcoming lot.They finally showed their traits.Ugly Ugly Unexcusable Despicable.Someone needs to tell these police and Army guys to get down to real training their guys, other than growing pot bellies and handing them automatic rifles.There is more to this,it seems very premeditated.

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We brought this onto ourselves.Our president will let you do anything as long as you do not threaten the CROWN.Steal public funds,abuse offices, whatever goes.We chose to follow the order from "above" instead of the law.This ish seems to have hit the fan.All ugandans are in trouble stop kidding yourself if you think it is the Indians in trouble. Can someone please protest for the people of NOrthern Uganda.Pliz

1:46 PM  
Blogger Cheri said...

Leave the peeps in Northern Uganda alone...they've had their fair share of "Genocide". And remember Sevo said the situation up there wasn't as bad when the rebels killed 300 some'n peeps.

Ugandans are a sadistic, racist, selfish lot right from the No. ! citizen to u and I.
How we clobber people to death is beyond me. In broad day light. I wonder what went on in the hooligans' minds as they clobbered this innocent man. Did they think he was Mehta.....?

This has degenerated into totally inhumanity. And we are all to blame.

Sevo has lost the plot. He hasn't since said a word regarding the riot in the city. Not since he made those stupid utterances in Kakiri. Why is he silent?

Even his cabinet is against the Mabira give away! Bravo... to them.

Proud Ugandan. Me? Nah!!!

3:51 AM  
Anonymous baz said...

Ugandans are warm and hospitable, Ugandans are sadistic and cruel: both statements have the same amount of value. Ultimately, Ugandans are human. That means you find the bad ones and you find the good ones. And sometimes the bad ones do good things, and sometimes the good ones do bad things. It's confusing. To be on the safe side, hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Lock your doors and make sure your phone has airtime.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Zack said...

I'm sorry about the dead Asian folk (one), but I'm sorry too about the dead Ugandan folk (two)! Nobody mentions police (or the numerous security operatives for that matter) killers that go to peaceful demos with AK-47s and live ammunition!! For all we know, nobody can justify that those two ugandan lads were actually looters. Can we have a public enquiry or sumn? The racism" was just exacerbated..

3:03 PM  
Blogger Zack said...

when that deceased (R.I.P.)Asian's body was given a police honors escort to Entebbe, his death pinned on sumone and the dead ugandan folks' killers went scot-free! You only reap what you sow. That gov't gesture sowed some very corrupted seed!

3:11 PM  
Blogger ROLEX MAKER said...

u gotta have it! some brogrens are rappers ---tha CD is out. and from what i hear its ballistic! u gotta have it –mbu the records will take u to paradise. CB did the review.

3:45 AM  
Anonymous broccoli said...

I think Ugandans are the nicest crowd I have ever met.

You go to Sudan and you will see what they call racism. those chaps treat Ugandans bad! yet they enjoy life in uganda.

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Not an arse licker said...

Racism! Racism, my black round arse!

Racism: (def) a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.

This is not racism, otherwise Asians and other non-Ugandans would not have the cushy life and preferential treatment they have in Uganda. If anything, Asians are the racists in Uganda.

This is the case that local people are fed up of being exploited.
This is the case that citizens voices or opinions are not heard or respected or even taken into consideration when decisions are made.
This is the case the People are not allowed to hold peaceful protests or demonstrations

This is a problem of leadership at all levels in Uganda.

FYI – I don’t care about the dead Asian. 2 Ugandans died, their friends and family have suffered lose, but does the Uganda Government care? Will their families be compensated? I don’t think so
Countless other Ugandans die every day due to our corrupt system – but who cares about them

I could write an essay on this, by why throw pearls at swine!!

5:12 AM  
Anonymous not an arse licker said...

Just to clarify that I DO NOT CONDONE violence period!

5:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, hold your guns NAAL. agreed those people have people problems. they just don't kow how to relate. my problem is with the easy way we can dispose of a human life!

when 9/11 happened, there were many people who suffered for nothing just because they lived in the USA. same goes for all the people who die in Palestine, Jews and Gentiles alike.

i just can't bring myself to accept that it is okay to deprive another human of their life because they are not like us, dont hold the same values or have a different mother.


12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

which is what you said anyway.

12:32 AM  
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12:34 AM  
Anonymous Not an arse licker said...

@ LA 15.31am

Lets keep it to people in Uganda.

How many die needlessly everyday?

Lets just face it we have a cronic lack of leadership in Uganda at every level. Things would not escalated to violence if we respected every citizen.

The (paid) hooligans only get away with it because the system allows them to.

12:29 PM  

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