After asking a young boy how the United States should repay its $1.3 trillion debt to China, the boy replied with ” kill everyone in China.”
I won’t harp on how the comments were inappropriate, or how thousands of Chinese Americans showed up to protest in major cities such as Burbank, Houston, and Phoenix, or how ABC had time to edit the show before it aired, or even worse, that a kid who says something like that probably has an environment of caretakers who taught him that type of behavior and belief.
I want to step away from the focus the GLBT community gets in terms of stigma and discrimination, and just talk about the ramifications of what happens when ANY group is being discriminated.
Because in the end, we all have our own closets, struggles, and challenges, as Ash Beckham so aptly pointed out in her Tedx Talk “Coming out of your closet.” We can be discriminated against and face challenges in all areas of life, simply for being different than what is considered the bell curve or more frequent mode. Being overweight, bald, short, tall, or simply Asian can all have severe impacts at critical junctions in our life, if we happen to be around a group or individual who judges us based on those criteria.
Who are the losers? We all stand to lose something in this case. It’s time we step away from this outdated Darwinistic-Malthusian notion that all I need to care about is myself, and no one else. Because in the end, I will only be as safe and secure as the least secure and safe person in our community. And if that person happens to be starving, sick, or faces scarcity in basic needs on a daily basis, he or she will have to take resources in unconventional ways from those who do have their needs met. Be it through stealing, creating an enemy image, or through allying with others who have what he or she doesn’t have.
If we were to compare our world to the human body, our current society is set up in a such a way where it is equivalent to the heart taking all the oxygen or blood and hording it for itself, neglecting the kidneys, brain, and other vital organs in the body. Why give a shit about the other organs? All the heart cares about is itself. Not a viable or smart method in which to operate things.
I had a coworker recently tell me he doesn’t care how much water he wastes when he’s in New York on business because it’s an east coast problem. He only cares if we have enough water here, in California. As long as he’s okay here, it seems other worldly problems don’t bother him. The thought process he described to me was mind boggling. It was incredibly depressing to hear him spew his self centered view of how the world worked, according to his ideology.
All I know is, I try to stay diligent on a daily basis with how I view and treat the world, and all its cohabitants. I try to remind myself that other people’s fears are from their own wounds. We all have a semblance of a wounded puppy in the middle of the street, in one form or another.
But for a family to project that fear onto their children and then for ABC and Jimmy Kimmel to air it on America’s major network, well, that’s beyond disheartening and warrants an apology.