Friday, January 11, 2008
The Luo accused of Genocide
The pic is Barack Obama Sr., a Luo from Kenya. He was a very well-looking intellectual, with shining teeth and the blueish ink-black skin of the Nilotic people. He must have been a very attractive man. It is only natural that people is interested in the background of America's leading Presidential Candidate, and I am seeing a lot of writing in the blogs suddenly discovering tribal politics in Kenya. I concede that a week ago myself knew more about kikuyu grass than about the kikuyu tribe. I had imagined the kikuyu as tall Sudanese pastoralists, but now I know that they are Bantu subsistance farmers. Lately there were elections in Kenya and an armed dispute is developing, which is being cast as a tribal war. If the Kikuyu president can sell this as an attempted genocide by the Luo, then he can sidestep Western criticism over the rigged election and put the blame on the Luo for the unrest. After Rwanda and Darfur, Europeans and Americans have a great deal of sensitivity towards accusations of ethnic cleansing. Obama Sr. was a Luo and I easily see how America may be vacuumed into African ethnic politics. That would be funny.