Red Friday Installments: Apathy Doesn’t Count

I would add something, but I think she’s said it all. *Stretches*

My Nostalgia for the Future

“So are you going to the protest?”

“Nah… I have meetings”

-_____________-  “But you work for yourself… like, you set your own schedule and it will all be done by like, noon.”

“Meeehhhhhh… I just feel like, there is no point really. I mean, they know the issues, they just don’t care. And if they cared, we wouldn’t need to protest! I don”t see what marching and standing around is gonna do anyway”

“But for every single person that says that, we lose that much momentum and brute force for agitation…. and… well— nevermind, you suck. And I hope all of your meetings fail tomorrow”

“Wow… I suck? really Amma?”

“Yes.”

“So are you ordering fish or chicken at Chez?”

“Fish, girl!”

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This is essentially an amalgamation of conversations I had with friends on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Conversations about protests, civil unrest, complaining, civil rights, agitation.

Conversations

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7 thoughts on “Red Friday Installments: Apathy Doesn’t Count

  1. amaelim

    But the truth is that in Ghana the middle class isn’t large and can’t ultimately influence votes all that much. And that’s what politicians care about. So unless this trickles down to the majority, who are likely illiterate and uneducated and uninformed. I haven’t seen much being done in that area. Someone told me recently that politicians are telling them that although prices are going up, when your family abroad send you money you will get more cedis…

    1. Malaka Post author

      You’ve hit the nail on the head! I was just discussing this on Twitter. Somehow, the middle class has to join forces with the poor and working class to magnify the message.

      Without the might of their numbers, the “dada ba” demos won’t mean much. And without the international exposure the middle/upper class affords them, the suffering of the poor goes unnoticed.

      1. amaelim

        Is there enough time between now and election time for this to be corrected? Or will this take a much longer time? And what exactly is the message to them?

        1. Malaka Post author

          There’s plenty of time. Everyone in Accra has a town/village where they are from. Have an audience with the chief and elders. Explain how our fortunes are tied. We have a year.

            1. Malaka Post author

              In some cases, yes. And that’s because they have been largely ignored by people who don’t see their worth.

              We have very strict protocols in Ghana about how chiefs are to conduct themselves. If it is proven they intentionally bring harm to the community, there is a procedure to depose them. People in the city don’t know that. We need to reconnect. It is the villagers and townsfolk who truly control the direction of our nation. Not the guy in his air conditioned Jag dashing from one meeting to the next.

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