Sunday, June 11, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Moderator's caution

Folks should not insult one another over scholarly disagreements.

Identity politics generate acrimonies and bitterness. Indeed, where identity politics are intense people have made up their minds before you say or write anything. Data and the interpretations are not neutral.

I also understand that where there is no consensus on narratives, people can talk endlessly as they create their own narratives and views. Mythologies also arise.

Clashes in ontologies are normal. Ontological excesses are common in plural societies.

What is not normal is for adults to insult themselves.

Create ontologies and mythologies as many as the human minds can produce but don't abuse one another.

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