¿Por qué es cuando pasa un tragedy in a White Imperialist country, Mexican@s run to light candles and “pray for all those involved” in said tragedy? Pero in our own Ancestral lands, nuestra Mexico, it’s easy for our caring nature to turn a blind eye. How did our compassion become so biased?!?! I’d like to grant social and mainstream medias the blame for perpetuating the selective compassion we’ve developed because those in and of themselves are racists and discriminatory however, we’re all capable enough to stay informed either through popular news outlets or Facebook News feeds and develop our own opinions. You’re either the one who seeks knowledge and shares it or you’re the one who sees it and ignores it … until everyone else is jumping on board at least. This attack on Paris Friday has revealed something about who we are as humans without us realizing it.
Bandwagonning is not just for sports fans anymore, it applies to our selectiveness in what we want to be compassionate about. The outpouring of “condolences” and “prayers” from the global population is exceedingly humiliating when you place those same compassionate “thoughts and prayers” against the LACK OF in countries of color... I’m going to reel it in to something more manageable though … ‘Murica!
The U.S. has done a phenomenal job marketing nationalism and patriotism ever since the Civil War that their interchangeable nature nos deja pendejos to media’s interpretation of both. Our laziness in educating our views has resulted in a huge trust in media because it’s an easier option to invoke than actually committing ourselves to learning. Entonses tén … te voy a educar on some recent events.
What many don’t know is on the same day Paris was attacked (Friday Nov. 13), Yemen and Baghdad were hit but there was no coverage or outrage there. Thursday, the day before, there was a double attack in Beirut and again, nothing in the news. Have we become numb to caring for less fortunate countries that our concern falls short at national boundaries? Do we grieve less (or at all) when these types of attacks happen in Middle Eastern countries as opposed to white imperialist ones? These statements are not implying that Parisians’ lives harbor more value but, look at how WE place value. By whatever media tells us is more important ergo, our ignorance of events to our southern neighbor.
In a recent article, I discussed how media laid more coverage on murders by police against the black community but also mentioned that they failed to recognized and, cover to the same extent the same aggressions happening in the Mexican@ community. The attacks on Paris and the attacks on Mexican@s by law enforcement are one in the same. We’ve become slaves to our own devices. Dependent on media outlets to convey FOR US what is important then, we just proceed to share the cleverest meme that depicts “what we’re about.” ¡Chale con todo eso!
Now we’ve got gun control nuts inciting panic by claiming that if you take up arms, there’s a chance we’re safer. Bogus fear mongering I say! If extremists (of any form) want to carry acts of terrorism, they’ll do just that. But if you go along with this line of reasoning, we’ve already lost. Terrorism is not a physical war we’re fighting. Terrorists have won if we fall for the fear mongering rhetoric in mainstream idiocracy. Picking up a gun will have no bearing on the ground you give up then.
I don’t need faith or any other institution to tell me how to care for human life. I spent years wasting it in the US Army and learned how precious it is. If I feel it’s humanely immoral, I stand against it. You see … I’m not a sheep in a herd following the big stick of bureaucracy. I don’t blindly keep my head down eating the grass watered by media expecting some kind of pat on the back. I’m engaged and made the choice to become educated so I don’t fall in line like the rest of society.
Now the Christian Governor of Texas has pledged to refuse to accept Syrian refugees just as he’s promised to “close our border.” Could his religious bigotry be any more hypocritical?! Today I’m ashamed to call myself a Tejano. But if you need justification to have changed your profile picture in solidarity for Paris and not ay other countries of color, allow me to help:
“Paris calls out to us because many of us have been there or wish to go. For many of us, it is the city of our dreams. But there is terrible violence being perpetrated all over the world, in places many of us will never visit, by some of the same people and the same ideology that led to the massacres in Paris."
All we have left is compassion and we’re all capable of that, but we have to force ourselves to look beyond the thick smoke screen that patriotism has placed in front of us … IF we’re willing.
Born in San Anto, raised by the barrio, educated by both.