I noticed a post by a dear friend expressing that they did not care about Nepal, or Bruce Jenner, and that they wanted a fund for the riots in Baltimore, to show them that fund. Being one of the ones who has been sharing links for People Finder from Google, and Restoring Family Links from The International Committee of the Red Cross(it's part of my job), I felt it important to shed some light on how the events differ.
Here is why I care about the massive earthquake in Nepal, the volcano eruption in Chile, and Bruce Jenner, & am merely shaking my head in disbelief and embarrassment at the riots in Baltimore.Volcano eruption in Chile/Earthquake in Nepal
- these two events were not acts of man, they were acts of nature. This means that they could not be prevented or helped, and it was no one's fault. Damage suffered by both events was staggering. Hospitals were overwhelmed, resources were exhausted, the death toll for the earthquake rose to over 4000 and could get to 10,000. I believe it is our job as humans to help each other as much as we possibly can to get through in the face of severe adversity like this. A long time ago, I made service to others the foundation of my career, and for a reason. For this reason, to be exact.Bruce Jenner
- We have reached a turning point in the conversation and push for LGBT rights. IMO, this was something that should have never been an issue in the first place. But because it is, and since transgender people notably are an underserved and underrepresented group, the more attention and exposure to the topic, the better.Baltimore Riots
- even after years upon years in the struggle for race equality, we, as a people, still do not know how to ask for what we want. In the case of Freddie Gray, let's review what we do know:
-Freddie and another man were spotted by cops
-Freddie took off running assuming, and rightfully so, that they were going to arrest him
-Cops pursued him
-Cops, upon finding that he had a switchblade on him, apprehended him
-Freddie lapses into a coma while in police custody as a result of a spinal cord injury
-Received medical treatment, but apparently it wasn't too timely
-Freddie dies in the hospital
Now having reviewed all the information, I would agree that there are a lot of holes in the story, and that more answers are needed, but what of it that gives you cause to then go and destroy an entire neighbourhood over it? Your own neighbourhood, to be exact. Why give our naysayers even more just cause to vilify and oppress us? I for one welcome a good effective riot, like Rosa Parks remaining seated on a bus, and the boycott of all public transportation afterwards. But setting fire to people's businesses & their homes, looting in the streets, injury to 7 police officers, all leading to unsafe conditions for your other fellow humans who have to contend with it, just because of a few holes in the story of a death of a young man, just doesn't cut it. It was an unnecessary riot and I do not support it.
For all those who will come on this post after reading it and say that I am turning my back against my people, come at me bro, and come at me sis. If I was a parent, and I saw my child out there with that nonsense I would do the same as that mother did, because I refuse to stand by and not call people out when they are being foul. Because I do care. And in this case, it was a foul, because "a warrior acts, only a fool reacts."
Photo credit: +International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)