By Hara Olani | December 15, 2013
In its broad meaning, hate crime is a category of crime used to
describe bias-motivated violence: “assault, injury and murder on the
basis of certain personal or group characteristics that include
different appearance, different color, different religion, different
nationality, different identity, etc.
For more than a century, the Oromo in Ethiopian empire specifically
targeted and injured, killed, forced to flee their homeland, and even
continuously abused verbally abroad by Ethiopian politicians, media,
activists, and individuals that think being a true Ethiopian is being
denying oneself’s identity.
Since the Oromo nation failed under Abyssinian oppression, the hate
towards Oromo are planned, politically motivated and kept in place by
the successive regimes that ruled that empire and including the current
TPLF lead killer regime.
In a meaning to hate crime, Oromo are targeted and still a target of
hate crime in a meaning more than their personal characteristics,
appearance, color, nationality, language and religion. Oromo are a
victim of hate crime in a Ethiopian related identity just because of
what they are. This showed again and again openly and the fresh “I am
Oromo first” sentence created anger and violence from narrow minded
Ethiopians who used to disrespect Oromo.
As racist anti-black bias was the most frequently reported hate crime
motivation in the USA even in 2011 for example, for more than a century
long time frame being an Oromo is just away to be abused verbally by
non-disciplined Ethiopians and to the worst killed, tortured, and
disappeared by regimes that ruled the empire one after the other
including the current once.
A serious hate crime against oromo in Ethiopia is clearly motivated
by racial and it is involving violence. It is happening for long and
continued today with out certain limits. It is more sad that the Oromo
nation that is a back bone of that old empire but yet the identity of
the Oromo people’s identity kept denied by narrow minded Ethiopians who
deny the truth behind Oromo nation and the make up of the Ethiopian
Empire. The hate crime against innocent Oromo caused social unrest, and a
significant and wide-ranging psychological consequences on Oromo, not
only upon the direct victim but also on other oppressed people in that
The hate crime that victimized millions over the century and
continued today, is clearly planned. It is a politically motivated act
and violence by oppressors, and organized officially and non-officially,
measured its success and changes its form based on different factors.
That is why today we can see the hate crime towards Oromo by narrow
minded Ethiopians, made its way all long and continued even in the
western democratic society member Ethiopians. There for, it can be taken
as a crime that is organized by hate group that attacks Oromo and
Oromummaa in every way possible in the Empire or out side. But is is
really funny that even these groups that have common interest in
attacking Oromo and Oromummaa are enemies to each other and made common
bed when comes to such matter.
A hate group is an organized group or movement that advocates and
practices hatred, hostility, or violence towards members of others that
are targeted. Accordingly, the hate group which currently targeted Oromo
and Oromummaa at home and abroad, took a primary purpose of promoting
animosity, hostility, and malice against oromo identity, language,
culture, political organizations, associations, intellectuals, etc.
Like before currently, any thing that promote Oromo nation became a
victim of these hate groups that includes the current killer regime in
Ethiopia, those oppositions calling themselves they struggle for freedom
and democracy in Ethiopia, opposition groups calling them selves
freedom fighters of Ethiopian people, the so called activists,
politicians, journalists, media, PC desk top heroes and heroine. Even
though they have some thing to struggle for against each other but they
showed unity in hating Oromo and Oromummaa. They cooperate successfully
in advertising the hate towards Oromo nation in all costs of their
If we try to see at least few examples that shows how Oromo are
targeted inside that Empire, Oromo students are targeted and imprisoned,
tortured, disappeared, killed and dismissed from their study at
different levels, just because of they born Oromo and showed respect to
their own identity than the identity others dreaming fro them. Many
Oromo business men and women ended up in Prison from their own business
as one of the hate crime objective towards Oromo, is to weaken the
economy to the root level. Due to such police, it became clear that
today others controlled all the business going inside Oromia. The Oromo
farmers missed and continuously missing their piece of land under the so
called investment with out any sufficient compensation. Oromo
intellectuals lead a life in prison as the government planned it
purposely to discourage the Oromo young generation. Even those Oromo
politicians who are trying the way they think they can solve the problem
of that empire, ended up in prison for the crime they never planned and
did, even never thought.
Oromia as one of the state in the federal government that seems
another way to strength the exploitation of oromia, Oromia contributed
the largest GDP to the economy of that empire. But one can clearly see
that most of the cities and villages in Oromia purposefully denied basic
infrastructures and lagging behind of time. According to the new report
from Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), out of a list of 528 political
prisoners, the Oromo constituted almost 90% of the new statistics.
One can say only the lucky once has made away to escape the hate
crime showering on Oromo in Ethiopia and just the luckiest once to
westerns since many are still suffering in East African countries and
Arab countries. But In reality, even those who made to westerns, faced
another front line of hate crime from narrow minded Ethiopians who
continued to deny Oromo’s self identity and never wants to hear about
Oromo and Oromia. But wants to impose their own identity on others.
The hate group that is a fruit of century long hate towards Oromo in
Ethiopian empire, continued to victimize Oromo even in western society.
They wanted the Oromo to deny themselves and they condemn Oromo when the
Oromo say what they are in public or private. But this is just a
selfish dream that will never be fulfilled because Oromo can’t deny
From activist and journalist Jawar Mohammed’s “I am Oromo first” to
“we are oromo we are not ethiopians” of the protesters against violence
against Oromo refugees in different countries, the anger, insult and
verbal abuse that came out of habesha related media, politician,
activists, journalists and individuals was clearly showed what does it
mean being an Ethiopian according to them and also showed the future of
that empire . The reality is that, the Ethiopia they dream of such
character is good for nobody including for themselves. All this confirm
that the hate crime involved killing, imprisoning, torturing of Oromo in
Ethiopia took another form in dyaspora. It involves verbal violence.
Verbal violence is often a substitute for real violence and that the
verbalization of hate has the potential to incite people who are
incapable of distinguishing between real and verbal violence to engage
in actual violence. These hate crimes against Oromo and Oromummaa have
been conducted by internate hate groups and few Ethiopian media which
are infected by Oromophobia.
Internate hate groups are hate groups that spread their messages by
word of mouth or through the distribution of flyers and pamphlets in
addition to electronic transmissions of sounds and images. The internet
has been a boom for hate groups in general but specifically the narrow
minded Ethiopian dyasporas have effectively used and using the internet
targeting Oromo and Oromummaa and interms of organizing the hate crime
against Oromo refugees. The plan was to silence the Oromo refugees about
their identity but the failed plan doubled their anger and hate towards
Oromo nation in general.
Today hate websites, social network groups, blogs, news groups, you
tube, video sites, and TV under the arm band of “Emiye Ethiopia” became
common and actively participating in advocating the hate groups
organized to attack the Oromo people and nation verbally.
As the use of internet continues to grow among the Ethiopian dyaspora
society, the narrow minded ethiopians have found “effective” and new
ways to seek validation for their hateful agendas towards Oromo and
As the great African leader, the most inspiring leader for equality
and justice, Nelson Mandela said “….people learn to hate, and if they
can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes from
naturally to the human heart than its opposite”, thus let us work
together to stop the hate crimes against the Oromo people in their own
country and outside. The Oromo people respect their own identity and
they respect identity of others too.
Oromia shall be free