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The bright future of the Oromo yet to emerge from Middle Eastern racism
Rundassa Ashete Hundee
When we think about liberation, we must think about social change. When we think about social change, we must think about the action that an ordinary individuals take. Yet, there is something in our nature that fiercely resists change. If an Oromo who acts, behaves, lives, prays, thinks, eats or dresses like an Arab don't want to be his true black self, how can any body be able to help him or her?
A freind with whom I spoke with on the phone today told me what Tesgaye G/Medihin once said,..... "Yee baalagee Hayimaanoot, kee Jimmat yixenaal" I translating this into afaan Oromo, it goes as follows, "Amanteen addaggee, Ribuu caala jabaata!"
The apparent contradictions that explains the Oromo slavery under the Tigre/Habasha colonial rule is rooted in this proverb "Amanteen addaggee, Ribuu caala jabaata". Once the Addaggee accepts the imported disciplines that he/she calls religion, the Oromo liberation theory loses ground to the divisions that these borrowed garbages bring to our society.
As humans, our ambiguous nature forces us to want something better and when we come to a well developed culture, we tend to look down on what we've had as a society and immediately accept the new once thinking it is better than what we have had. It is such understanding that drove millions of Oromos into the Pentecostal idology that opposes Gubaa, Hireechaa, Waaqefannaa, funeral ceremonies and even to reject medical treatment in hospital whenever they get sick. I have heard a story in which a mother from Ambo county checked her sick baby out of hospital because she was convinced that it was God that made her baby get sick and it will be also God who would heal or kill her baby.
But what creates
change? Is change natural like a wind or it is forced upon people?
We know that change is caused and it's processes was enforced by a
group of people who came to control our society. For example,
Minilik, Hailesilase, the Darg and the
When these are the changes we need to change, some Oromo politicians speak of a change in terms of changing how an organization does it's job. Though it is important to change organizational culture, if the basis of societal principle is not changed, changing organizational culture alone will not bring meaningful change to the organization.
In the Oromo
case, true change occurs only when cultural, social and
institutional changes take place. What the so called religious
people don't understand however is that it is tricky to draw clear
distinctions between religion, institution and culture. For example,
practicing Islam is practicing the Arab culture. Mean time, Islam
is also an institution as well as it is academics because as a
culture, it's rituals are practiced, and as academics, it has a
theory that destroys indigenous cultures such as the Oromo culture.
Religion is also has it's own academic literature to which it's
students refer to and define the theory of life and death.
the ancient Chinese philosophers viewed reality as the dynamic
interplay of two opposites, the yin and the yang.
Their keen understanding of change is reflected in the term they use
for "crisis", wei-ji, which is composed of the characters for "danger"
When conflicts among the degraded black and the degrading Arab reaches a peak of vitality, the Saudi Arabs will lose their cultural momentum and decline. An essential element in this cultural breakdown is the Saudi Arabs inability to have flexibility just like the Amhara fanatics who are rigid and short sighted. Here, it is very important to note that the way Islam is going to break down and eventually disintegrate is not necessarily follow the way Christianity broke down into 10,000 different congregations. Similarly, the process that broke the Oromo civilization into certain segments such as Galla, Muslim, Orthodox, Pentecostal, seven day adventist, Jehovah witnesses, etc is different because Oromummaa disintegrated because of the Arab invasion while Christianity and Islam will continue to disintegrate because of Jews and Arabs lack of flexibility accompanied by pure racism.
Coming back to the blacks issue, this painful time of Arab racism may also means the process through which the blacks came to their senses and recognize their ability to pray in their own languages to one black God, Waaqaa Gurracha.
The bright future of the Oromo
Before they came
to power in 1991, the TPLF leaders started teaching their soldiers
and cadres afaan Oromo and they are still at it. But why? The
Tigreans have always claimed that Atse Kaaleb's empire includes
Mean while, men
like obboo Bulcha and Dr. Marara tried to save the empire as
they swung from ONC, to Medirek and to the blue party pendulum being
financed by the
This is because
the Oromo population still believes that they will find
self-fulfillment in freedom not in money/capitalism. So, what's true
is that small changes in initial conditions will lead to large
amplifications of the effects of change. Hence, the middle easter
hatred of black people may force the blacks to abandon Islam and
Christianity, especially if nationalist Oromos and the OLF do the
1. Accept that people are rational and practical and will change on their own if they are;
A) Provided with the right information, education and training that will allow them to change
B) Ensure that the "right" people are in the right "place" to bring about needed changes
C) Invite the perspectives or expertise of outsiders
D) Engage in research and development
E) Promote global thinking to stimulate creativity and best-case scenarios
F) Clarify the issues or re conceptualize the situation in order to bring about greater overall understanding among the Oromians
G) Improve the problem-solving capacities of a system by encouraging individuals to be self-diagnosing
H) Use the Oromo institutions and political organizations to achieve change
I) Build consensus, plan actions, bargain and negotiate with any Oromo group instead of bad mouthing
J) Develop personal discipline
K) Clarify vision, focus our energy, develop patience, and see reality objectively
L) Analyzing one's mental model and envision alternative ways of thinking to influence others
M) Build a shared vision, foster genuine commitment rather than compliance
N) Learn as a team, which starts with dialogue and the skill of overcoming defensiveness and other patterns of interaction that keep members from learning
O) Think systemically, see patterns, interrelate actions
P) Open up to new inputs, insights, and understandings
Finally, though change takes place in an infinite variety of ways and there is no single strategy that will work for every individual or group, nothing precipitates change like a crisis. Necessity, after all, is the mother of invention, and the necessity of the black people is born out of Arabs racism.
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