Suppose a citizen intends to be candid and fair-minded. In that case, it will be essential to pay attention to conversations like Ras Mekonnen's statue, which hooligans destroyed in 2020, and the government's inability to repair it after two years.
This paper is partly driven by a recent case of hate speech uttered by an Oromo student at Harvard University (1). In this speech, the student encouraged the Oromo youth to ’eat up the Amhara flesh and drink their blood’ and then implied that such actions are energizing and, indeed, can even make you smarter. (2)
As I mourn the recent death of more than 400 ethnic Amharas people in Tole Kebele, Gimbi Woreda, West Welega Zone, Oromia Region of Ethiopia, and 47 people in the Gambella Region by the same terrorist groups, the Oromo Liberation Front/Army (/A) or Shene and Gambella Liberation Front (GLF), my heart is broken over the suffering so many are experiencing.