“Why do you know computer system?” a man from one particular of biggest ethnic group in an African nation asked yet another from a somewhat smaller sized ethnic group. The man who had know-how in computer systems operates as a computer system analyst with national intelligence and safety solutions. It was evidenced by his facial appear that such a query had puzzled and irritated him. The other individual once more arrogantly told him that members from his neighborhood are just greatest in roaming grazing fields with their cattle. He added that that the analyst ought to be coming from his neighborhood, which he believed was the most sophisticated and civilized. He even asked if he had changed his name just to hide his true ethnic identity. And in yet another situation, re-enacted numerous occasions, some girls from the exact same huge ethnic group, mistaking a lady physician to be a member of their neighborhood, talked to her in their mother-tongue.
When the physician told them that she did not have an understanding of the language, and that she came from yet another neighborhood, exact same as the one particular for the computer system analyst, they responded with exclamation and disdain, saying that the neighborhood is only very good in grazing cattle. The cause why they had spoken to her in their mother-tongue was the spelling and pronunciation of her name, which had resembled a name from their neighborhood. When an ethnic war had broken out some years ago pitting the ethnic groups, out of arrogance, males from the huge ethnic group stated that they have been not going to fight, but would just leave their other ethnic group to their wives, who would just use their baskets as weapons. The other community’s patience had run-out, and they went into war, leaving numerous members of the huge ethnic neighborhood death and displaced.
The utterances of the bigger ethnic neighborhood are unfounded. The smaller sized ethnic group is characteristically unassuming, and has numerous distinguished scientists, top monetary professionals, engineers, medical doctors and social scientists. But arrogance of the bigger ethnic group has blinded them to this truth. At times they would just refuse to accept the details. There are government departments that have the only PhD holders come from the neighborhood they despised. They have even agitated for their removal, saying that they should really be replaced by ones from a government friendly ethnic group.
Shared and accepted biases and prejudices have led to ethnic and racial arrogance, reflected in social, intellectual, financial and political arena. Some ethnic groups think members of other ethnic groups can not articulate challenges and does not have know-how to handle people today and all-natural sources. And worse, they see some ethnic groups to be much better getting in a zoo, considering that they think they are unable to socialize, are incapable of intellectual pursuits, can not have an understanding of the dynamics of economy and trade, and that they can not be entrusted with a country’s leadership. In the political front, a minister in an African government that came into energy a couple of years ago on a reform agenda, stated that there was no have to have to curve the powers of the president, just simply because the sitting president was from his neighborhood. He believed that his ethnic group can be trusted with any quantity of energy, however he and his kinsmen acted irresponsibly. They removed distinguished experts from other communities believing that their higher qualifications can not be translated into preferred outcomes. It is arrogance at its upper limits.
It is not simple to pinpoint with precision exactly where arrogance or any type of prejudice may possibly have originated. Genocide, an overt type of arrogance seeks to systematically try to destroy a national, racial, religious or ethnic group. And this has intrigued social scientists. They could not know the root bring about, but think that it is popular when a nation has suffered financial setbacks and/ or military defeat. Massacre of Jews in Nazi Germany is a historical instance. There has to be beliefs and attitudes that would serve as rallying point. Hitler’s claim of Aryan Supremacy, reflected in his arrogance towards Jews could look an isolated case of a man who ran mad, but it is extra most likely that he shared the exact same feelings with his nation people.
Hitler, with his oratory and convincing energy, hatred towards the Jews, and his ambitions could have served only to heighten what was shared feelings and attitudes of numerous Germans. At the height of his arrogance, Hitler, not only belief Germans have been superior but his techniques have been superior also.
Rwanda massacre is yet another historical instance of how prejudice of Hutus and Tutsi served as rallying points of senseless killings. Even though there are diversified and dissenting voices on what may possibly have ignited the massacre, a extra valid cause would be leadership. Carl Lawrence, in his book, Rwanda A Stroll By way of Darkness into Light” by Visions Residence Publishing Inc. Gresham, Oregon wrote that even though Habyarimana’s regime was somewhat moderate, it was characterized by ineptness, corruption, and tribal prejudices. Quite a few leaders in Africa with very good-will to bring adjust have not been capable to adjust an ethnic group’s rigid damaging feelings and feelings about other people today, and in the lengthy run, prejudice with all its ugly types, remains a supply of arrogant behaviours of one particular ethnic group towards yet another. 1 would want to kill some or annihilate a complete ethnic group simply because they belief they are much less human, and does not deserve therapy accorded to members of human race.
If financial setback and/ or political defeat could lead to a massacre, what then would bring about other types of ethnic and racial arrogance? Prejudice of social, intellectual, economy, and political nature characterized all types of arrogance, like the massacre of six million Jews in Nazi Germany. In the period 1933-1940, Jews have been prohibited to intermarriage, Jews citizenship was revoked, and Jews house was confiscated, apart from getting forced to reside in ghettos and to place an identifying star of David, a type of mockery, it appears. Therapy of Jews in Nazi Germany resembles therapy of the Jews by Egyptians when they had multiplied and prospered, as is captured in the Genesis narrative. But how does prejudice commence in the initial spot? How can its overt elements be prevented? It is hard to pinpoint precisely when and exactly where a prejudice created, but what is clear is that it emanates from people’s values, norms, interpretation of events, other people’s folk-techniques and mores. Values and norms can also give an ethnic group a true or biased way of interpreting an organization’s or a country’s laws. But is there hope to curve ethnic arrogance? Culture can be reshaped. It ought to commence with opinion leaders of ethnic groups coming with each other to type a national forum, with a cultural communication arm, and preferably with neutral observers.