Menelik II is the Least of my Worries: A Note to the Apologists of Empire
Tsegaye R Ararssa 26/05/16 ==================================
This is a short memo to the Ethiopian extreme right activists who charge us that we trivialize Menelik II’s persona and his deeds. While we note trivializing of such figures as a mode of critical engagement is legitimate and so doing is long overdue, I like to say that Oromos are not interested in doing so. I like to say that Menelik II is the least and the last of our Oromo worries. Here is why:
Menelik II is the last and least of my worries now.
If you worry about his image, that is fine. Do worry about it.
If you think he put you to shame because he said he is not black, that is your problem.
If he falsified your chants about TIKUR SEW, or if he destabilized the false narrative regarding him as the messiah of the black race, that too is your headache, not mine.