The Larger Picture: Lessons of Law, Policy and Politics in the Postrepossession Era of the Asian Question
6 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2020
Date Written: 2013
It is believed that Afro (as opposed to Asian)-Ugandans or ‘Ugandasians’ fall between two extremes — either we are very welcoming and hospitable, or we are very hostile, cruel and xenophobic. As with all stereotypes, I think that we fall somewhere between the two, although we are much better known for the bad things we have done (the Uganda Martyrs, Idi Amin, and the Anti-homosexuality Bill, for example) than for the good (Uganda Waragi, the Bwola dance, and Jose Chameleon). The crucial question is what brings out these extremes? Are these inherent traits that mark out the Ugandan psyche and character or are they aberrant historical accidents? In my considered opinion, the way in which a society responds to issues lies as much in the place of the law and the policies we adopt as it does in the manner in which politics influences both.
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