Saturday, January 05, 2008

Against “Normal” « Gukira

Against “Normal” « Gukira:

A “return to normal” would keep sotto-voce or unspoken conversations we need to have about ethnicity. We cannot ignore it nor should we try. We cannot “get over it” nor should we try. We can forge something powerful and wonderful, and, indeed, many of us have in our multi-ethnic schools, neighborhoods, intimate homes, churches, and organizations. We need to stop believing and acting as though the only way ethnicity can function is as a deeply divisive element.
This crisis has introduced me to many wonderful Kenyan writers who show deep compassion for our compatriots who are struggling right now (on both sides of the machete).

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