An Open Letter to All Peace Loving People
To the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia:
To all media outlets inside and outside Ethiopia;
To all opposition parties inside and outside Ethiopia;
To all Ethiopians and Ethiopian origin in Diaspora;
Ethiopia is known for having over eighty different ethnic groups. As Ethiopians we see our diversity in culture, language and other differences, as great assets.
Worldwide United Tigrean Association (WUTA) wants to build understanding and a healthy relationship with other Ethiopian ethnic people, while actively fighting to stop hate against any ethnic group at it roots. We have made it our mission to STOP ethnic HATE.
We urge all political parties to promote their policies and proposals without resorting to ethnic divisions. We must not hate!!
“The old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let us all do the right thing! United, let us make Ethiopia, the best home for all!!
The ethnic equality and the right of all citizens of Ethiopia to freely move about, to employ or be employed, to start a business, own property, to dwell in all Ethiopian territory as they please, is a legal right granted for all Ethiopian citizens. This should be clearly understood by all citizens, of all ethnic background(s), and all political, religious and civic organizations.
Dr. Martin L. King Jr. has said it better.
“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.”
WUTA strongly opposes any political party or individual(s) that glorify ethnic hate by contributing and playing a role in any form. We, Ethiopians reject ethnic hate with the strongest terms possible.
Dear Ethiopians of all ethnic background,
Our organization, Worldwide United Tigrean Association (WUTA), was created after we saw a rise in hate messages on social media and other media outlets. Our mission is to filter the ethnic hate being broadcasted by individuals on all forms of media outlets and counter challenge it, correct it, and replace it with common courtesy and respect toward one another. Instead of hate, we can promote understanding at all times, while promoting peace.
We realize without honest, fair and timely correction of hateful propaganda, hate will continue to grow.
We believe people who stay quiet are as guilty as those who promote hate. This shouldn’t happen under our watch. Never!!
We strongly believe in freedom of speech. Freedom of speech helps a country develop its democracy faster. It is a vital tool to combat corruption and help bring accountability. Freedom of speech also helps people have honest dialogue freely by which they can promote justice and equality for all so that Ethiopia is prosperous.
There is no way democracy can develop at the speed we desire without responsible journalism. It is why we also request all media outlets to practice the journalism code of conduct to the best possible way. That will help speed up the development of a truly vibrant democracy.
We have seen what fake news has done to the American democracy. Case and point; a conspiracy theory about Hilary Clinton running a child sex ring out of a pizza place was reported. A gun man then went there, fired a rifle inside the Washington, DC. restaurant, taking the law into his own hands. All that was based on a conspiracy theory by a fake news outlet. If the Government takes action against that particular news source, no one in their right mind will say freedom of speech was compromised. And we further believe that website was shutdown.
We share a country with tremendous potential for a great tomorrow. It is why we all should learn from the history of yesteryear and participate in the opportunity that today provides to secure all the possibilities for tomorrow’s bright future for the children of Ethiopia who endured so many sufferings for so long already!! Let us create new opportunities for peace, understanding, and positive thinking about one another.
We have competitor countries that are competing with us for our natural resources; countries that are working day and night to make us consumers, instead of producers and laborers, instead of employers. We have to direct our effort into winning the economic war to eliminate hunger and all forms of poverty driven ills. We need to work together to compensate for the lost opportunities of the past and unite to eliminate all hardships and, especially, ethnic hate. Hate is one of the diseases we have to cure. All people must help to cure this sickness.
At the end, we must say, “Enough is Enough!” Hate is a disease that benefits no one. We all must work hand and hand to make Ethiopia a success story once and for all.
Let us think Ethiopia first.
Former President John F. Kennedy of the United States of America once said “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Can we ask ourselves, as Ethiopians, what we can do for Ethiopia?… From now on forward?
We ask that we celebrate our oneness. We are all Ethiopians for God sake. But we also ask that we celebrate our uniqueness and diversity.
You see, Ethiopia is like a quilt, with different colors, sizes and textures in its making. These differences are what make Ethiopia rich in culture and unique in nature. We should be curious about the uniqueness we Ethiopians bring to each other. It is the source of our wealth that should make us proud. That is why we should embrace our differences and move forward in harmony. No one ethnic group can complete Ethiopia without the rest of the Ethiopian ethnics. It is all of us together that form that beautiful quilt called Ethiopia.
We must not allow anyone to impede Ethiopia from progressing forward however, we must also point out its weaknesses in order to enable it to change course and make necessary corrections to expedite its drive to achieve all the wishes of her children. We all must help our country move forward to great things. We believe our organization can help in one important area…that is by building bridges between different ethnics and by communicating the genuine good wishes, as well as, harmonious ethnic relationships amongst all. Thus, we ask all peace, loving people of Ethiopia to help us by joining hands to discourage ethnic haters and encourage all Ethiopians to build trust amongst one another; respect our differences, and celebrate our oneness.
The good news is…facts on the ground tell us that the great majority of people of all ethnic background have love and respect for each other. There is also more good news than bad in terms of ethnic cooperation, rather than not.
However, the bad news is that very few and we mean very, very few “haters” still have the ability to manipulate technology and broadcast hateful messages that are very destructive in every sense, as if, we as people are immersed in an ocean of hate. Ethiopians are better than that!
We are witnessing what hate is doing to our moral comfort. It is embarrassing!! We must stop the rhetoric of hate at its roots by fighting back.
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We must stop hate because of the following:
A- It is dangerous, and very destructive to our peace, unity, and growth.
B- It is morally Un-Ethiopian, as it is morally wrong and ethically bankrupting.
The above items are some of the reasons why we have come up with rules that we all should engage ourselves in.
We humbly ask all peace loving people to respect the following guidance as a starting point to show our cooperation in keeping our country safe for all. We owe it to ourselves and the next generations to come.
We also kindly ask all people to help us help the “haters” to come to their senses and support our cause to promote understanding amongst all peoples. This is our obligation.
1- Stop all ethnic insults on Facebook and any mass media.
2- If you are news media, we respectfully ask that you do not promote ethnic hate, rather respect and follow the journalism code of conduct by being ethical.
3- If anyone has a political issue, it is wise to address it in other effective and civilized manners at your disposal. Please refrain from using ethnic hate as your tool to make your point.
4- Help assist in building peace and respect among the people.
5-If you see any person or organization promoting hate; you must act to discourage the actor or actors to stop it in a peaceful manner, because, you have a moral obligation to do so. We will contact anyone or any organization who promotes ethnic hate and expose them.
WE WILL FIGHT BACK FIRMLY AND RESPONSIBLY!!
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are also in the process of discussing the above issues with lawyers and law enforcement agencies to legally deal with those who are in the business of promoting hate for their gain. All Ethiopians should discourage this madness.
We invite all to join us in promoting good citizenship. If you want to help, make suggestions or have a concern please write us at the above e-mail address. We appreciate any and all opinions.
May the almighty, who protected our forever beautiful motherland, Ethiopia, be with you in all the good things you do.
Thank you and peace and love!!
Our organization assures you; we neither support nor oppose any political party. We will work with any organization to promote peace and love in Ethiopia and among Ethiopians around the world.
We are thankful for all who are making positive contributions to help us move forward!!
On behalf of all the Board Members, and members of WUTA
“Building Bridges Between All Peoples”