I came across the same attitudes with Americans referring to all East Asians as "Orientals" grouping together Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Taiwanese when they each have their own prejuducial attitudes about each other and never think of themselves as a cohesive group sharing cultural traits. So there's nothing new about the complaint she is making about her strong preference to be referred to as Kenyan rather than African. On the other hand we as white Americans / foreigners also are referred to as Gaijin ( outsiders / possible enemies ), Gwailo ( foreign devil )and Ko jangey ( long nose ) by East Asians. Africans and the cultures which flourish in Africa differ in many ways so grouping individual residents of most of the countries of Africa would be the same as this Mbaluka Mutinda, preferring to be identified with their country or even smaller tribal group witin each country.
I was actually surprised by the verbal eloquence of our Kenian person. It is obvious that the ariistocracy in that country can afford better education. It must be terrible to remain important in the face of your impending demise. All went well untill that Kenian person ran out of woords to end his letter in a proper manner. He had to revert back to insult. But I guess that is what the so-called kenian aristocrats do when words fail them. Just a pity you could not take the meager few dollars you spend there with you.
Africa is for Africans. Initialy, all these africans could do was sing and dance. Now they can insult too. We all realise that it stems from inferiority.
So , the person has a problem because she/he does not want to be lumped together with the rest of the people on the continent of Africa?
I always try to remember that all people think differently then me. It could be pride, it could be ego, if could be love of country that makes this person want to be attached to Kenya.
Judge if you want to be judged. I'll just let the person state that they are Kenyan and not African. No big deal to me how they want to be classified - as if that would make any difference at all in my life.
As for myself, I am just a person, who does not need a classification to feel OK.
This Kenyan has a doomsday emotional status, there is no way to stop people from applying labels, espcially when they are accurate. Labeling people is normal, to try to tell people to stop being normal is his or her malady of thought.
I can and will write anything I think, and I will never stop, this is the essence of freedom and free will, and for sure he or she can write and I will again and again make fun of them, as they have the right to make fun of me if they can.
Mbaluka Mutinda replies,
Please remove my email from you website, you posted it without my
consent and I am receiving unwanted emails from your readers. I'm
really disappointed in you but I can't say that I'm surprised. You
take pictures of natives without their permission, you publish private
emails of your readers without their permission and you disrespect the
cultures and the people that you visit. I apologize if my first email
came across a bit aggressive, I wrote it in anger and retaliation
because I felt like you went out of your way to insult my nation.
Peace and love
People need to think about this permission thing, when you open your mouth you give permission to the other person.