Friday, February 04, 2005

Girls in School? Crazy Stuff in Sudan

The WaPo has the sad story of the struggle for Southern Sudanese girls to get an education now that the civil war has ended. The Crossfader isn't one for cultural relativism so when he sees half the population of Southern Sudan shut out of the fledgling school system he scratches his head and thinks to himself, "What the hell is wrong with these people?" It's 2005; man has gone to the moon and back and there are still people worrying about how many cows you can get for your sister? Get your own damn cows you lazy bastard. Let the girls get a book in their hand so they don't have to put up with this backward b.s. any longer than they have to. Yalla.


Blogger Black River Eagle said...

Hi Marcus,

I told you I would be back to check on your writing, and I see Owukori has listed your blog on her blogroll.

Thanks for bringing our attention to this very good article about the education of girls and women in southern Sudan. The situation in all of Sudan for women and girls is not much better, especially if you are a black African. I think I will use this article to build upon a posting I am writing about education in Africa, so thanks again for bringing it to my attention.

Oh yeah, by the way. I am sure that it is not too difficult in NYC to find people from the Dinka tribe of Sudan so that you can learn more from them about their traditions and culture. The U.S. has taken in several thousand refugees (ref: Sudan's Lost Boys) over the past decade or so and a number of them are living in cities all along the East Coast I believe.

I don't think that it would affect much positive change in Sudan if we Americans, especially Black Americans, made fun of their cultures and traditions. It would be better if we worked to understand the harsh realities they face every day and get very serious about helping the Sudanese out, not least of all in the education of girls and women. Who knows, that young child-soldier girl featured in the Washington Post article might just rise to the top in her country some day.

Don't mean to lecture you or anything, but you seem to be thinking differently than that group of African-Americans referenced in the article you posted titled "The AIDS Conspiracy". Some people are beyond help, you just have to figure out which group that is if you know what I mean.

6:46 AM  
Blogger crossfader72 said...

Black River,

thanks for posting. please note i am not a cultural relativist. i don't give a rat's ass what the dinka culture demands to the extent that these demands require girls to forego education for the sake of boys, or any other similar inequities. it's 2005. girls need education just as much as boys. tribal peoples needs recognize that trying to eke (sp?) a tribal living with full tribal traditions in this day and age is a fool's errand that can only lead to further marginalization.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Black River Eagle said...

This was the post I was originally looking for today. I like those Technorati category tags you are using on your blog too. I better check those out for my baby.

I had to "lookup" cultural relativism to understand what you meant. I agree with you in that no culture or traditions should exclude people from their basic human rights, and education is a human right which is especially important these days.

Having said that, who is gonna do down to Sudan and tell the Dinka (men) that they can no longer exclude women and girls from equal participation in all facets of their society, you or me?? And don't go down tryin' to tell them anything unless you are packing some heat or somebody they will listen to has got your back.

Perhaps we can get some practice with that by going over to Brooklyn and tellin' some of our folks from various countries they gotta change their ways...:-)

10:23 AM  

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