the truth is out there
Choosing an acceptable picture of oneself to use as a grindr profile: the eternal struggle.
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.
America are the “biggest” human rights violators in the world? Really? Let’s take stock of that for a moment.
"American citizens are subject to discrimination and humiliation due to their races" says North Korea. North Korea is, of course, a great bastion of equality where they imprison, torture and execute all of their citizens regardless of race. The 1994-1998 famine, which was compounded by state action and killed somewhere between 1 and 4 million Koreans was the ultimate exercise in social equity; every person being equally as dead as their neighbour.
Or let’s perhaps look at Syria, where decades of political repression and brutal crackdowns have led to civil war and the greatest refugee crisis facing the world today. The shelling of Homs and Aleppo last year was sadly an all too familiar experience for some Syrians, being reminiscent of the 1982 Hama Massacre, when tens of thousands were killed in a month-long siege by government forces.
But of course, America is much worse than either of these, isn’t it?
America, to put it lightly, does not have a good record on human rights. The US has to have a long, hard look at itself; not just in the light of Ferguson, but also its myriad past transgressions. However it pales into insignificance when put next to the North Korean famine, or the Syrian civil war, or the cultural revolution. This is precisely why the likes of North Korea and China are so quick to condemn, and so colourful with their condemnations. The state propagandists, the secret policemen, the chemical-weapon wielding militias in these countries must be wringing their hands with glee when their governments jump to tub-thump about America’s shortcomings, because it’s a distraction, and it allows the accusers to appear like saintly sages to gullible onlookers, while they continue to perpetrate even more unspeakable acts within their own borders.
It’s the human rights equivalent of pointing and shouting “look, over there” to someone, and then clubbing them over the head while their back is turned. It’s an old and risible trick. but one that people like our friends Beemil and (the rather aptly named) Kim-Jong-Chill are all too ready to lap right up because, as all receivers of received wisdom know, America is the greatest oppressor there is.
America is by no means the best, but it is also not the worst, and there are countless people around the world who might benefit if we had a little more measured perspective on that.
"Don’t wear a hoodie if you don’t want to be mistaken for a criminal and shot."
"Don’t get drunk at a party if you don’t want to be sexually assaulted."
"Don’t argue with a cop if you don’t want to get killed."
"Don’t walk home by yourself if you don’t want to get raped."
Victim blaming 101: Everyone should live in fear from ever doing anything.
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