Silence on Sudan Reveals World’s Racism

The world continues to devalue Black people

Jeffrey Kass
Momentum
Published in
3 min readFeb 9, 2024

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Double exposure of Sudan flag. Symbols depicting the Civil War. The civil war between Sudanese government forces and the paramilitary “Rapid Support Forces”.
Image: Shutterstock/Andy.LIU

Most of us older than 40, when asked if we liked Bill Clinton as president, give a similar answer.

He was a super, mostly effective, charismatic president, and we were disgusted with his personal behavior toward women.

We all know if a male professor at a major university got caught having sex with one of his students, he’d likely be fired.

But there’s another reason to be disappointed in our former president; he failed to intervene in an African genocide (We’ll save his three -strikes-and-your-out law for another day).

In 1999, Clinton oversaw a U.S.-led NATO force to end Serbia’s violent crackdown on Kosovar civilians that had already killed nearly 10,000. This ultimately led several years later to an independent Kosovo. Clinton is a hero in that part of the world. He’s a giant reason there’s peace in the Balkans.

In 1994, when faced with a different violent crackdown in Rwanda, Clinton sat on the sidelines.

Hutu militias began a bloody campaign to mass slaughter the minority Tutsis. In the end, upwards of 800,000 were massacred—many with machetes.

Clinton and the U.S. did nothing to stop it, and we’re left wondering why 10,000 Kosovars merited our involvement but not 80 times more Black Rwandans. Worse than that, Clinton wouldn’t even publicly acknowledge the genocide while it was taking place.

It’s a permanent stain on the Clinton presidency I can’t ever forgive.

Clinton himself admitted his failure on March 25, 1998, when he spoke at Kigali Airport in Rwanda, expressing regret for not implementing an immediate multilateral response to the genocide.

And yet, here we are in 2024, at it again.

On April 15, 2023, a war between the Sudanese Armed Forces and paramilitary forces broke out—most of its about power. Upwards of 15,000 killed. Many were civilians massacred by paramilitary forces in Darfur in western Sudan. Over 30,000 were injured.

In addition, as of December 2023, 5 to upwards of 9 million Sudanese have been displaced. Roughly 1.5 million completely fled the country as…

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Jeffrey Kass
Momentum

A Medium Top Writer on Racism, Diversity, Education, History and Parenting | Speaker | Award-Winning Author | Latest Book: Black Batwoman V. White Jesus | Dad