Chris Kwame Awuyah
March 14, 2021.
The outrage at this blatant act of seeding raw hate against members of the Ghanaian society is beyond pale. This odious act is intentional to humiliate persons from the Volta Region.
So, they wish to equivocate in order to stir virulent virus of hate against Ewe speaking group.
Precedent history shows that the lighting of such animus becomes the harbinger of a reign of terror against targeted groups. These are the paths that led to the pogrom in Germany, Poland; such ethnic stereotypings reduced Rwandan Tutsis to caricatures to be exterminated.
Mr. Anthony Boateng is representing a so-called Ministry of Education that sanctions the planting of raw hate deeply in the minds and hearts of Ghanaians.
Amazingly, he pleas that those who are denigraded and threatened by such stereotyping cower and hold still till they are wiped out.
IS THIS THE FINAL SOLUTION?
IS THIS THE FINAL SOLUTION TO THE “EWE PROBLEM”?
The Ministry of Education has a pact with those who propagate Ethnic hatred.
It seems to me that Mr Anthony Boateng is playing his role with vigor.
If only those hurt would not cry out, there would be peace.
Mr. Anthony Boateng is holding brief for the purveyors of ethnic hate.
He speaks in the voice of a Ministry that propagates hate through sublunary inference.
A surrogate voice meant to malign segments of Ghanaian population.
What’s the way forward.
The people’s representatives across the nation must speak.
We ask that the approach is national and bipartisan in scope.
Remind those that are potted under the dim light of history about Martin Niemoller’s statement:
First they came for the socialists, and l did not speak out …. because l was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and l did not speak out … because l was not a trade unionist.
They they came for the Jews, and l did not speak because l was not a Jew.
They they came for me —- and there was no one left to speak for me.
We stand at a moral crisis; a crisis of leadership by conscience and morality. We are at the edge that many nations found themselves.
William Butler Yeats reminds us in “The Second Coming” that
“The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
What is the way forward?
Parliamentary hearing on bipartisan basis.
In reality, it is an exercise of negotiating the degree of our pain. It is to assuage our frustration.
Unless, the result is clear; a transparency of the process of adopting text book, with national committees to vet these narratives.
A commitment in real monetary figures to promote reading materials that celebrate the contributions and folklore, of the varied traditions of the nation.
Sanctions against publishers who distort narratives of ethnic groups.
There should be immediate boycott of the malicious publication, the publishing house, any of its association.
Teachers Associations, PTAs, Community Groups should boycott the book of ethnic hatred.
Let’s all say loudly and clearly: Keep your ethnic hatred from the mind of our children.
Keep your ethnic hatred from the heart of our children.
Keep your ethnic hatred from the hands of our children.
Legal remedy against publishers who blatantly distort narratives of target ethnic groups.
We must organize the public burning of the infamous malicious book.
Let’s organize ceremonies across the nation to burn this book of ethnic hatred.
Our children deserve better. We are not reliving Germany of 1930s. We are not reliving Rwanda of April 1994.
As in Habakkuk (New international Version), 2:12
“Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity!”
Gerhart Hauptmann echoed the same sentiments about Germany in the 1930s.
We are a society borne out of the collective sacrifice of all.
We remain who we are.