US Election 2020: relax, the nightmare is over! Not quite, not yet, alas. There is no doubt however that we have all been treated to a seemingly endless series of news updates, analyses, statistics, op-ed pieces and lofty pronouncements in the wake of the election which, by now, has become a fait accompli, even if bits of its process remain technically incomplete and, as at the moment of writing, Trump refuses to admit defeat.
And it is no exaggeration to say that during this ongoing saga we have also become familiar with the oft-repeated collective moniker ‘people of colour’, alluding to varied shades of their pigmentation.
But I have an aversion to this ‘people of colour’ label. For starters, it is no more than a refinement of the old colonial era ‘coloured people’. Indeed, on November 10, the English Association Football Chairman Greg Clark resigned after using the term ‘coloured footballers’ in a reference to black players at a Parliamentary Committee hearing, for which he readily acknowledged that his language had been unacceptable.
Witnessing the Saba Saba marches in Nairobi this year, it struck us that there has not been to date (at least we have not seen one) a compilation of the experiences of individuals and institutions that have taken part in these struggles which have transformed the face of Kenya since the first Saba Saba event in 1991. That motivated us to research and present ‘Saba Saba – the story of an Iconic Struggle’ as our cover story. We do realise that we have only just scratched the surface of the Saba Saba story and we hope that this special issue of AwaaZ will inspire scholars to further research this uniquely Kenyan history; from which many lessons can be learnt on how to snatch victory from dictatorial states against seemingly hopeless odds.