I met a good friend for coffee today so we could rant for a couple hours about social injustice. We discussed racism, anti-feminists, ableism, poverty/homelessness, and the war on Gaza. Let’s call my friend Jordan, a nice, genderless name. Jordan was recently over in China. We compared homelessness/begging there to how it is here. Jordan said the last time they checked out the news online, there was an article about the life of Kim Kardashian and nothing about the man that was shot and killed for picking up a toy gun. Why is it that we care more about a celebrity that has done nothing good for the world and ignore the issues of oppression and injustice in the world? Jordan suggested that when we check out the news, we get through all the meaningless Kardashian-style news and by the time we reach the news that truly matters, our energy is spent and we no longer care enough to read further or do anything about it.
Children are being bombed in Gaza.
Black men are being shot because of the color of their skin.
Women are being raped every day.
Robin Williams and thousands of others are taking their lives.
The poor and the beaten and the needy are being ignored.
The disabled are constantly hearing phrases that degrade them.
What are we doing about it? What is the government doing about it? What are you doing about it?
At the very least, skip the fluff and read the important news stories. At the very least, educate yourself. Then, if you’re feeling bold, make a donation to a good cause. Educate those around you on an issue that sticks out to you. Boost news stories that need to be heard, like the 50,000 people that marched in Washington for Gaza. Support physical and mental health – learn the signs of depression. Give a sandwich to the homeless person you see every day on your way to work. Stop being a zebra and do something about injustice.
Fight for justice for all.
Desmond Tutu once said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”