July 6, 2018
This flyer makes it clear, at least to me and few others, that we Ethiopians are of different races. Are we? The answer is: absolutely not. There is only one race—the race that all people of the world belong to. Ethiopia has no disparate races but different nations and nationalities—with differing language, custom and culture. This ill-informed mantra of “adding” “your race”, “her race”, and “my race” is easier to say but impossible to execute. In fact, the campaign for a wholesale “addition” of that which does not exist (disparate races in Ethiopia) with those existing rapist, killers, looters, treasonous and outright haters of a specific nation and nationality, is nothing other than a multiplying disaster by those who do not know how to add. It is an axiomatic fact: Ethiopia is not a nation-state comprised of a single nation. Nation and nationalities comprise Ethiopia, and campaigning for a centralized Ethiopia under the guise of “addition” as if diversity is the culprit of Ethiopia’s predicament, is extremely misguided.
The Dr. Abiy lead government should not try to solve a non-existing problem of “disparate races” of Ethiopia. It should not also insinuate that the problems that it tries to solve are emanating from the diverse nature of Ethiopia and the tenet of democratic nationalism. Democratic nationalism is not Ethiopia’s problem, but it is the preferred solution to a peaceful existence in a state of many diverse nations and nationalities.And hence, the idea of nations and nationalities self-governing themselves as they see it fit, is not in and itself the problem—so long as their relationship is based on the tenet of democratic nationalism. The central problem then and now is the metamorphosis of EPRDF into the adobe of carnal officers, looters and gangs. This was the place where the acute itching of indignation of Ethiopians started,until the Abiy lead government tried to scratch it by freeing looters, gangs, and killers. Talk about scratching where it does not itch!!!
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