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Martin Kimani @AmbMKimani
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The racism of Liu Jiaqi represents the most lethal idea in human history: racial categories and hierarchies. It has led to mass murder, genocide, has been used to justify and spread slavery, and it was at the root of the colonial brutality and thievery here.
It feeds violent extremism & terrorism which at their core are an insistence that people should not be judged as individuals but as members of groups with "qualities" that are rooted in their skins, and genes. Thank you @FredMatiangi and @GKihalangwa for making it clear that
Racism has no place in Kenya. I hope that all Kenyans redouble their commitment to not only being angry at the Liu Jiaqi's among us, but by rejecting, once and for all, the poison of tribal discrimination and stereotyping that was born from the same mother as his racism
Liu Jiaqi has shed light on the continuing hold of a globalised racialist' idea that places African people at the very bottom. This is no accident. A few recommended reads available online:
The first line of the great James Baldwin's essay, 'Stranger in a Village': 'From all available evidence no black man had ever set foot in this tiny Swiss village before I came.'…
Apes, Essences, and Races: What Natural Scientists Believed about Human Variation, 1700-1900' a paper by Brendan O’Flaherty Jill S. Shapiro can be found at
The Wikipedia entry for the 'father of racist ideology': Count Joseph Arthur de Gobineau
"ACCRA, Ghana, Sept. 24 (Reuters) —President Kwame Nkrumah said today that “the foulest intellectual rubbish ever invented by man is that of racial superiority and inferiority.”
A little bit on Francis Galton, the father of Eugenics (the false science of "improving racial stock by regulating marriage and procreation' that was in fashion for decades all the way into the 20th century)…
The ideas of 'scientific racism' traveled widely, and even into China, among many other countries. It's why Liu Jiaqi's outburst should lead to more awareness... Thanks for reading this long thread. Another clap for @ImmigrationDept declaring racism persona non grata in Kenya!
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