Barack Obama was elected yesterday as the 44th President of the United States. It was an election that has been followed the world over since for the first time, the US would have a President of African Origin while Afro-Americans represent maybe 10% of the US.
So why does that interest me? After all I’m in the small island of Mauritius far far away from the US. Well the US is the last remaining super power and whatever they do is bound to have an effect on the whole world. But more than that, it’s just that in Mauritius, there is an unwritten rule which says that to be the Prime Minister (the equivalent of President in the US), you have to be of the right ethnic group and right caste in that group as well!
Of course some people will say, well Berenger was Prime Minister. Yes but he was not elected to be the Prime Minister directly. He had an agreement with Sir Anerood Jugnauth where the latter would be Prime minister for the first three years and he (Berenger) will be the Prime Minister for the remaining two years. So contrary to what many people are saying, we did not show the way to America! That’s total bullshit!
On the other hand, some Mauritians (many of whom gave Obama no chance at all) are now saying: well, America is different and you can’t compare the US to Mauritius. Indeed, they are right. They are just not civilised enough to be able to consider that a man can not be of their ethnic group and be a worthy leader!
In the US, it’s: Yes we can. Here it’s: No We can’t! … honestly we really can’t!!!