In all fairness to Rachel Dolezal, she could be the most racist white South African in the world, and still call herself ‘African’ with total accuracy–if she wanted to. Or did she call herself ‘black’? I can’t remember. But ‘black’ is not a race; black is a color, sorta’. The point is: the myths surrounding race and skin color are just that–myths. So why are we still asking the question on forms for employment and other positions? We aren’t, THEY are. Shouldn’t that be illegal? As if such a thing as pure race existed, in the first place… Identity exists, though. Doesn’t South Africa require beauty contestants to speak an ‘African language’ just like the Navajo ‘rez’ requires it of its chairmen? And isn’t that a matter of choice? I don’t know. Ask Caitlyn…
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(We get no peanuts, but we do get to Djibouti on time.)
…my hopes are soon dashed… If this is French colonial glory, then I’m Napoleon in rags… French legacy of high prices and pretentiousness only… airport itself offers the first clue, single exchange office only opening after the guy can be found to service his single customer, me… $30 three-day transit visa or $60 thirty-day visa, decisions decisions…
Downtown not much better, squalid and dirty… much higher prices than neighboring countries. Cabbies obnoxious, driving old green-and-white honkers that they like to back down the street in… room has A/C and TV, though, and enough room to exercise if I want, something I’ve foregone for many days for lack of adequate food and water. Refugees don’t work out. My mental condition is deteriorating… got to plan my escape… (More …)
…get on a bus for a country that doesn’t really exist, except in someone’s imagination: existential ball-juggling 401… Somalia now effectively divided into three, Somaliland relatively peaceful and open for business, connected by land to the also relatively peaceful states of Djibouti and Ethiopia. Somaliland issues visas and currency and guards its borders just like everyone else.
…catch the first bus out of Harar at daybreak, make my connection in Jijiga and continue on, certain to make Hargeisa within the day now… Travel in Ethiopia not hard so much as slow, crammed in like proverbial sardines… the vast Ogaden Desert, cousin to the Arabian and Sahara, spread out endlessly ahead, highland Ethiopia maybe the only real break in a desert stretching from Morocco to China.
You decrease in elevation as you increase in heat, by some adiabatic ratio, and the Christian passion and delicate features of the typical Ethiopian face evolve into something a bit different, the harsher and darker Somali features and the more rigid and vocal Islamic demeanor. (More …)