i’m just going to leave this here
america can’t come to terms that they’re biggest human rights violators in the entire world.
This- to me- is such bull shit. I’m not saying that Michael Brown’s murder isn’t a horrible violation of human rights. It was a horrific crime that needs to be handled by bringing certain parties to justice- even then the terrible void in Brown’s family’s hearts can’t be filled. Their loved one is dead, no one can bring him back.
But “biggest human rights violators”? Are you fucking kidding me? I take no hesitation in saying our country is far from perfect, but we have been human rights advocatesfor decades. We may be the biggest, most persistent advocates for human rights.
We Americans take things for granted just like most human beings- we even take it for granted that when American society is outraged, the country, the government, the media ACTUALLY LISTENS. It does take a while, but they listen. THAT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A LOT OF THE WORLD GETS.
No way is it perfect- and we still need to do a HELL of a lot better- but it is just plain ignorant to act like the U.S. is some Third-Reich-esque country.
My aunt lived in Korea most of her life. She watched people die almost everyday- gunned down by “police” or beat to death by one of their own countrymen- she herself was sold by her stepmother to a man who beat and raped her mercilessly for nine years. (I am not criticizing the country of Korea, just hear me out.)
When my aunt came to America, one of the first things she experienced was prejudice. Someone made a racial slur about her beautiful Asian eyes. She reacted the way she would have in Korea- just ignore it and keep walking; so she left the cafe she was in.
Three people chased after her, one of them the cafe’s manager. She was scared she was going to be further harassed, but the strangers apologized to her for the jackass’s actions, expressed their outrage at the racist guy’s attitude. The manager said he banned the mean dude from the cafe because “no one deserved that treatment”.
My aunt tells this story through heartfelt tears. She always told me that it was then that she knew America was her second home. Never before had she seen people “so worried for a nobody, a stranger, a foreigner like me”.
She still loves Korea and raises her children to be proud of their Korean heritage, but she loves America too because "atrocities happen everywhere no matter what, but in the U.S.A., there is always outrage over the atrocities” and a “demand for change that is not ignored”.
She and I believe that it is not the lack of atrocities that make a paradise (that’s just never going to happen), but rather it is the way a society REACTS to atrocities that show whether it is progressing, bettering itself or not.
Forgive my language, but STOP YOUR DAMN WHINING. How does this kind of talk- America is the “biggest human rights violators in the entire world”- how does this help bring justice for Michael Brown and the many other victims like him?
What will help the U.S. progress away from racism, what will honor Michael Brown and not let his death be in vain is if WE, AS CITIZENS OF THE WORLD and citizens of our respective countries, decide to express our righteous outrage for the wrongful deaths/murders/rapes in the world/our country.
IF WE SIT ON OUR ASSES AND WHINE ABOUT HOW HORRIBLE OUR COUNTRY AND/OR WORLD IS, WE ARE NOT MAKING CHANGE.
Please, DO SOMETHING- like those courageous and noble people who protected stores in Ferguson from being looted even after the police were treating black people and protesters terribly- even after the fucking mayor seemed to turn on his people.
No matter your country, no matter your race, do something about the atrocities. Demand change, protest peacefully, and express the need for justice and equality.
So many countries (including the U.S.) have many, many advantages- but there are still many faults. Instead of sitting back as one of the rare, entitled human beings and bitching, WORK ON A WAY TO CHANGE YOUR COUNTRY AND THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.
I guess the bottom line is this: there are way too many people who have died a painful, unjust death and NOBODY GAVE A SHIT. Too many people have been tortured and no one was outraged. No one was their advocates. It was all swept under the rug or even more tragic- no one cared.
But here in the U.S. (and quite a few other countries), that is not the case: we speak up for the “little guy” or the underdog, we are outraged by injustice and racism. We are advocates for people like Michael Brown.
DO NOT allow Michael Brown’s death to be in vain. Let it be the catalyst for a great change in the world. WE CAN DO IT!