Continuing with the class-ism debate, I thought I explore how class relates to tribalism. I have always equated Kenya’s tribalism to racism in the US.
Fellow blogger JM, challenged my argument of classism as what I identified as divisions in Kenya’s society. Even though classism in its raw definition doesn’t explain societal divisions, how JM explains our seclusions as ‘a manifestation of inherent human traits’ would yield a class system regardless of whether our intention was not to discriminate or be prejudice.
Now we all saw or read about Katrina and how it for a second woke up Americans to the reality that this country is still divided along racial lines.
I maintain as I did when the post Katrina debate was going on, that class was the biggest determining factor that the Gulf was neglected during their time of need. We live in a world of have and have-nots and if you end up on the wrong side of the fence, it doesn’t matter whether you are yellow, grey or white. If you are poor, you are automatically disenfranchised in any society.
Take Kenya for example, its more likely to see well off families from different tribes mingling than it is to see poorer Kenyans interacting outside their tribal cocoons.
Political leaders in Kenya know this very well and that is why they subliminally sway their tribes to vote for ‘one of theirs’ while they do not hesitate to work with different tribes if that means they can achieve a desired result.
I believe that the first step in solving racism / tribalism is by creating institutions that will alleviate majority of society from poverty.