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A topic I would like us to discuss
by Obsaa
Published Aug 08, 18:12
Systemic racism in Ethiopia
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Nate· Aug 08, 19:01
Most Ethiopians I have met are racist against other Africans and think they are better because Ethiopia was never colonized. Truth is Liberia was never colonized either but Ethiopians like to ignore that. Also although Ethiopia was never colonized it was conquered. World War 2. The Italian flag flew in Addis.. high and strong for several years until the British and Americans came and saved the day. Also if you research history, during the first Italia-Abyssinia war, (The Battle of Adwa) the European nations agreed not to attack Ethiopia during the Berlin Conference when they were partitioning Africa amongst themselves. Ethiopia was the only true Christian state in sub-Saharan Africa and the Europeans acknowledged this thus agreed not to attack a fellow Christian state. The Italians ignored this and still attacked because they were not invited to the Berlin Conference. The Russians and British helped supply guns and ammunition to King Manalek of Ethiopia to help fight against the Italians. Thus this is why Ethiopia-was never colonized. Just do a little research...it’s amazing what you will find. 👍🏻
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Obsaa· Aug 08, 19:05
That's actually a good point. But I want the discussion just to focus on what drives the hate in a lot people that claim to be 'Ethiopian' nationalist. Your first sentence is a good start because it is time we got together and question the racist beliefs and their origins in our countrymen. Ethiopia as a country never colonized, this conversation might enlighten everyone as to why it is still a mess. The racism goes beyond just discriminating to 'other' Africans but internally too, to darker ethnic groups over lighter ethnic groups. It's sadly common place, and we have to start coalition against racism across east Africa and Africa as whole.
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Magionta· Sep 22, 09:26

Obsaa I get what ur describing, and thats colorism! Systemic racism is not what u r describing! It's a whole other ball game!

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Obsaa· Oct 14, 01:42

Magionta just to clarify, groups that traditionally identify non-Islamic or non-Christian faiths were regularly called Galla and shankula. In the past this has been used to enslave whole populations and sell them into chattle slavery. The first empress of modern Ethiopia died having 70,000 slaves to her name. Even in Ethiopia poverty today, there are poorer and richer ethnic groups because of this. Most (almost all) languages of Ethiopia were forbidden from public use, and any attempt to write these languages was seen as anti-Ethiopian act... Thus why we are having identity crises in 2020, with people still perpetuating past racism saying all Ethiopians are habesha, as if their native communities are too inferior to identify with. Among these ethnic groups there are darker and lighter ethnic groups, with lighter and more affluent Ethiopians being richer and looking down on the remainder as somewhat lesser. This eurocentric sense is prevalent throughout Africa but adding to our sense of alienation for what it means to be Ethiopian 2020.

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Nate· Aug 08, 19:13
I grew up around a lot of Ethiopians my whole life. Very nice people, good food...love injera....but the more I spent around them the more I felt as a whole Ethiopians think they are Gods gift to Africa and to black people. The whole we were never colonized thing has really warped a lot of Habesha people’s minds into thinking you are better than other Africans. If Ethiopians would humble themselves more then we can all appreciate each other cultures and what we bring to the table for a better Africa. What are your thoughts?
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Obsaa· Aug 08, 19:19
I can't speak for habesha people since I don't identify as one. I have experienced similar prejudice towards other less urban and darker communities in Ethiopia. Ethiopia's institutions are built around extremely toxic 'nationalists' and institutions and we need to do a deep search on how this country managed to make it in the poorest countries list every year when resources aren't the issue. Being the poorest nation while you were never colonized means you have no one to blame but yourself. I genuinely believe racism is root cause of Ethiopia's poverty, socially-morally-economically. The crazy thing is that people continue to perpetuate bad ideas when they live in one that works.
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Nate· Aug 08, 19:38

Obsaa wow very deep. It’s good see someone with an open mind. Just for my own personal knowledge you said you were not habesha. I thought Ethiopians identify themselves as habesha. Can you elaborate more? Also corrupt leaders, government and ideology has plagued Africa for many many years. We are the ones hurting ourselves. We cannot put all the blame on the Europeans anymore. What can we do

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Obsaa· Aug 09, 14:34

Nate most urban Ethiopians identify as habesha. Rural and less urban communities [due to marginalization] rarely do identify as habesha. People who identify as habesha make up 1/3 of the country. So a majority of people who write their native language in the ''[Geez] Ethiopian script' mainly Tigrenya language and Amharic identify positively with being habesha, so a majority of Ethiopians aren't habesha. Also you can be habesha and Eritrean but not all Eritreans habesha (namely Nara, Kunama communities), though a majority write their language in the Geez alphabet.

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