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Saturday, September 04, 2004 | The Hierarchy of Suffering: Unconscious Racial Consciousness
At the height of the Kosovopalooza a few years ago, I witnessed a brief exchange between two women that has stuck with me. A raven-haired, olive skinned woman of extraction indeterminate but clearly multi-continental commented to her golden-haired companion on the differences in media coverage and general sympathy level she perceived for the suffering of those Albanians who escaped both becoming "collateral damage" and death by beating and starvation in the resentful Macedonian camps, and Bhopal's 123-911 back in 1984, as well as the victims of Hurricane Mitch in 1988, speculating that the difference in quality of compassion, empathy and outrage could be related to the ethnicities of those affected.
"Of course. You see all that pain in those blue eyes," replied her friend, tears clouding her own azure gaze.
Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, during the popular Jessica Lynch Show, the Independent's Deborah Orr commented on the Americans'
"hierarchy of life, with pretty blondes at the top, black Americans and Native Americans further down and the rest of the world trailing hopelessly. Which might help explain the unseemly rush to war."
Orr's immediate reference was to the disparity of media attention directed toward the pretty blond Ms. Lynch compared to two of her darker-skinned sisters in arms, but as an observation of human behavior it is widely applicable enough to be called universal.
The west is scouring the thesaurus for adjectives to adequately express their outrage at the horrific torment perpetrated on close to a thousand Russian children; Aaron Brown almost superseded his Thorazine daze, to the point where he felt obliged to apologize for possibly having over-stepped the bounds of the journalistic objectivity which has permitted him to do such an admirable job of containing his distress over the thousands of Palestinian children who are subjected daily to the withholding of food, water and bathroom facilities until such time as Sharon's gunmen tire of sneering at their agony.
So sharply defined and sacredly bosom-held is the hierarchy of suffering that anyone who mentions Palestinian children, or the untold numbers of Iraqi and Afghan children who have met a host of grisly and painful deaths, some quite slow, will immediately be labelled as a justifier of the atrocities committed against the Russian children, which condemnation usually will be followed by an earnest but ineffective torrent of rhetoric designed to justify atrocities committed against Palestinian, Iraqi and Afghan children.
It may be that the blond woman was acknowledging a species-wide phenomenon. I would prefer to think not, because it does not bode well for the future of the species, but it is an undeniable fact that there are billions of people on this planet whose eyes fill with tears at the sight of all that pain in so many black-brown eyes.
Actions like Sep 11 do not happen in a vaccuum.
Long before those hijackers ever stepped foot on the planes the damage
had been done. They were brainwashed with the same type of garbage
propaganda that is spewed from Fatwa's weblog.
Middle Eastern countries are so much more barbaric today and preAmercia than America can ever hope to be...America has only been around 230 years...who did you blame for everything before that Ductape? I am calling a Fatwa on your bullshit!
IMO - terrorist plain and simple. He is an Al queda operative who
should be put in a cage on gitmo Skinner
My favorite..."In Defense of Holocaust Deniers"
I always thought that "The Enemy Within" was just a metaphore for liberalism, that is, until I encountered Ductape Fatwa. He should be in an orange jumpsuit for sure.
peopleforchange.netductape is either a commie, al queda, or a deep cover mole
Tells you something about this asshole doesn't it. He's really serious.
I believe that DF is nothing but a Republican plant...
Ductape is a commie, a terrorist, and he drinks blood too. He drinks
Capitalist blood. He eats unborn babies too
Give me your address and I'll send you $20 and a thank-you note for taking your hatred elsewhere.
A terrorist with a sense of humor!
He ain't nuthin' but shit
inadequate, halfway house bullshit
You are a dumbass. Fuck you and your condescension about us "benighted sheeple." hamletta
Untruthful, damaging bullshit
no better than the neocons and no different than Timothy McVeigh
dailykos.coma turd in the punchbowl...if DF were Joe Hill he probably would have killed himself rather than get put to death.
A compost pile of fecundity
dailykos.comdespicable and literally mentally ill