This a short response to Abagond’s post Obama Cries for White Children . His post is in reference to the tragic Connecticut Newtown Elementary School shooting.
“President Obama appeared on television and gave a brief statement. For the first time since his grandmother died four years ago, he teared up in public…Yet he has not publicly teared up over the 97 (or more) children he has killed with his drones and cruise missiles – equal to almost five Newtowns. Killings which the United Nations calls “indiscriminate” and which his own computers call“bug splat”…He uses drones to send Hellfire missiles at houses, schools, restaurants and bakeries. He sends them when you are with your grandmother. He sends them during Ramadan. He sends them during funerals…Obama does not even publicly name the children he has killed. Apparently because their lives do not matter to him. Apparently because they are not beautiful…Apparently because they are not well-to-do White Americans.”
My first reaction to Abagond’s post was not shock or anger because I can understand where he is coming from. My heart was and still is broken for the children who were killed on Friday at the Newtown Elementary school. Those children were beautiful, they were unique, defenseless, tiny, little humans who have left this world too soon. It hurts my heart and I mourn for them, their families and loved ones….
With that being said,
My initial reaction to this particular tragedy was sadness confounded by anger. I am angry because this country has a problem with gun control and some people are so stuck on their “right to bear arms,” that they don’t value the right to life. I FEEL that the government teaches us that it’s okay to use weapons to harm those whom we don’t value…it teaches us that it’s okay to be violent to those who are vulnerable and can’t defend themselves. I was angry that Obama didn’t touch on this issue in his address to the country and I was angry that politicians danced around these questions when asked by reporters what role gun control and violence played in this incident and countless other incidents.
I’m not saying no guns should be allowed at all, but do we really need for AK47’s and assault rifles to be made available to the masses… and would it hurt to have stricter screening process to obtain a firearm? No, it wouldn’t…but this is not the main point of my post…gun control is just a side note.
In his post Abagond made reference to the fact that children who are murdered everyday around the world in other countries…do not get Obama’s tears. In fact they don’t even get names, they don’t get acknowledged and going by the media…they don’t even exist because we never hear about them….are the lives of the countless children who are killed not only in other countries (by OUR government’s missiles mind you) but the ones who are killed in everyday America less valuable than the lives of the children who were killed in the Newtown tragedy…??
In the midst of the all the media coverage of the tragedy in Newtown, one comment stood out to me. It was a comment made by a middle-aged gentlemen and he said that “things like this don’t happen here.”
When I heard that comment, I was left thinking to myself…so if this happened somewhere else…like say in the US ghetto or in the Middle East somewhere…would it be less tragic…would it matter less?.. Should it matter less?
Of course the answer is no, it wouldn’t be less tragic and no it would not matter less…well that is what the answer should be anyway.
No child’s life is less valuable than another. The little girl that was gunned down in the street of Chicago is no less valuable than the little children that are killed by American missiles in the Middle East and their lives are not less valuable than the children who were killed in Newtown. All of these killings are senseless. All of these children were unique, precious, beautiful, little humans. They had things that they loved to do, they meant something to someone and it’s a precious, unique life that has left this world too soon.
It hurts my heart to see people look at the tragedy of Newtown and not connect that tragedy to the bigger picture. Why can’t we open our eyes and see things not as separate groups, but as people for once…I don’t want people to say “this kind of thing doesn’t happen here,” I want people to say “this shouldn’t happen anywhere.” People do not understand that when you don’t value the lives of the children of any one group, you don’t value the lives of children everywhere. All of the pain and suffering that the parents and families are going through now is the same pain and sorrow that the parents around the world feel when their children are killed by senseless violence. That’s the same sorrow that the mother whose child dies at the hand of gang violence in the inner city feels. If you look into each other and connect as people, there’s something very overwhelming about the connection that sorrow has to our humanity.
Sorrow is cross cultural and universal…it’s a testament to our needs as human beings. We all want a safe world for our children to grow up in, we all want to preserve our children and their innocence because it’s a reminder of the innocence that should be humanity. When we birth children and bring them into the world, we relish their innocence because we crave the simplicity…we crave the blissful ignorance. It’s just so astounding to me that when a child is born, the baby doesn’t know of all the evils of the world, they don’t come out hating people or wanting to kill people…they come out with a fresh, clean and new spirit…which is something that people yearn for as we get older. Something that maybe we’re continuously searching for….
Children everywhere are so valuable.
So, it pains my heart to see children ANYWHERE in the world being cast aside, murdered and made into nameless targets on someone’s radar…when we kill that innocence, we kill ourselves off. There is no color line, there is no political line to be drawn when it comes to valuing a child’s life…and that is why it hurts me…and that is why we need to weep for all the children.
Maybe if we weep together enough, we’ll learn to comfort each other and if we can comfort each other, we’ll understand the sorrow that we share and if we understand the sorrow, we’ll see each other’s humanity…we’ll see ourselves in each other and if we can see ourselves in each other, then maybe we’ll stop the senseless violence…and we’ll stop allowing children everywhere to be victims of people who don’t value their humanity…which is the same as not valuing all of humanity. No more US missiles striking cities and towns and killing children, no more Newtowns, no more gang shootings that destroy children in their midst…none of that.
Those are my thoughts…I wish things were different.