Monday, May 31, 2010
I'm interested in seeing how the American media (specifically the big three cable news channels) will spin this story. So far there is very little coverage on the story coming from the US news organizations (Thank God for social media), but when they are finally forced to cover what happened on international waters, I wonder how the story will be framed. I must admit that I do not have any high hopes for any hard hitting journalism coming from the likes of Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN in regards to this situation (it's just not how the main stream news media works these days).
Israel has shown again and again, that it will do whatever it's going to do (right or wrong) despite (or perhaps because of) its friendship with the United States. For the longest time we have been complicit in these human rights abuses perpetrated by Israel. The same type of abuses that we would condemn had they been perpetrated by certain other countries in that region. I am well aware of America's special relationship with Israel, but that relationship should not give the government of that country carte blanche to engage in these types of activities. If we do or say nothing to our "best friend" we run the risk of (further?)losing credibility with the international community when comes to our charges of human rights abuses perpetrated by "rogue states". We can't keep picking and choosing which actions are justified and which are reprehensible based on the individuals (or states) engaging in them, because as with all things, our actions (or inaction) will come back upon us in humiliating and perhaps devastating ways.
It's time that we be a real friend to Israelis making it known to them and the world that they are in the wrong and they need to change course before the hole that they're digging gets to deep for them to get (or be pulled) out of.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Because there really are two Americas within these United States.
Because one of those Americas is really a third world country.
Because the citizens of third world America don't matter to those in first world America (it's doubtful that they truly ever did).
Because life is cheap in the hood and...well, life is just cheap in the hood.
Because "black" is truly the bottom rung in our society and if something bad happens to "black"...oh well.
Because the law is meant to protect the innocent in theory, but really ends up preying on (some of them) in practice.
Because the police officers were just doing their jobs (the description of which changes depending on the type of people being dealt with).
Because it appears that Reality TV drives people to do more and more outrageous things in order to "keep it real" (i.e entertaining).
Because even if an event is caught on tape, there is no guarantee that justice will be served.
Because WE are not outraged enough to do something drastic every time something like this happens.
Because justice has failed us because we have failed ourselves.
Because sometimes, life simply is not fair.
Rest in Peace Aiyana Jones