The Violence in South Sudan
I was appalled by a recent article I read about the ethnic violence in South Sudan. After years of violence suffered at the hands of the Janjaweed militias and the inherent racism exhibited by Arabs, I thought that the beginning years of this new country would be a cause for celebration. In fact, the opposite has happened. Long simmering ethnic tensions have grown into serious spasms of death and destruction. Whole families have been wiped out by the violence. Initially, there was concerns about oil wealth and natural resources. The U.S., and other countries have invested heavily in trying to establish a peaceable beginning to this country. It is now African on African violence that threatens the stability of Sudan. Here in the U.S., we have dealt with racism and its effects from European domination. We also have issues here with Black on Black violence. We went through Black power movements and Black self love is still needed. The question of ethnic cleansing and tribal warfare is one that I am glad we do not deal with here in the U.S. Good luck to South Sudan as it establishes and identity and tries to grow.