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Friday, 22 May 2015

You are a cockroach

This post is a confusing one for me to write. In this, I discuss my confusion at referring to humans as cockroaches. I draw from a rapper called Akala, who makes some very valid points, but mostly, I draw from a confused mind (my own) which is all of a sudden very confused about life. I feel as if in the last month or so, I have woken up and smelled the bacon, as it were. Just the bacon isn't bacon, it's a pile of shit. Burning. On my doorstep. In a paper bag.  (And I thought the neighbours liked me)

So twenty-one years and roughly two months ago, across Rwanda, an exhortation came in over a national radio station to the Hutu (an ethnic group present in Rwanda, mainly located in the surrounding African Great Lakes region), it called for a "final war" and to "exterminate the cockroaches". The cockroaches in question were the Tutsi, another large group in the area. Roughly 800,000 Tutsi and three months later, the Tutsi were wiped out. Estimates show that only approximately 30% of the Tutsi in Rwanda remained. The rest had been butchered with machetes and AK-47's, burnt alive, tortured and hung. The exhortation had done its job.

Now by bringing Katie Hopkins and her dispicableness into this, I may seem like I am overstepping the connection. I am not stating that Katie Hopkins, by describing immigrants as cockroaches, wishes a mass genocide upon them. I am stating that the wording is unfortunate coincidence at best, and at worst, hate crime. Katie Hopkins is a woman who makes a living out of her horrible views. But Joe, I hear one or two cry, (let's be honest, it's only my Mum who reads my blog, cheers Mum) I thought you liked freedom of speech, I thought you'd defend her right to say what she wants to the death? And the more I think about this conundrum, the more I get confused. Freedom of speech should never incite hatred, and that is intrinsic to my personal morals. Katie Hopkins has overstepped my mark (finally) and her views provoke extreme sadness in me. Love the immigrants. Doctors can be immigrants. Social workers can be immigrants. Teachers can be immigrants. The British peoples are bastard races of Germanic/Scandinavian/French etc peoples. We are the product of immigration, like it or not. If time has clouded your vision so much that you dehumanise humans (this doesn't have to be by the extremes of Katie Hopkins, this can be just by treating them like shit), then you also provoke extreme sadness in me.

Peace.



4 comments:

  1. Joe. You've stated a truth.every individual must make the choice to not just listen to rumour or be swayed by public opinion. But to test the evidence for themselves. OK so you might meet one person from a particular people group

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    1. That you clash with. It doesn't mean that its true of the whole people group. Genocide is ugly and starts with unfounded bias. Check the evidence. Get to know folks before you make sweeping statements. Well spoken, joe!

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    2. That you clash with. It doesn't mean that its true of the whole people group. Genocide is ugly and starts with unfounded bias. Check the evidence. Get to know folks before you make sweeping statements. Well spoken, joe!

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  2. Joe. You've stated a truth.every individual must make the choice to not just listen to rumour or be swayed by public opinion. But to test the evidence for themselves. OK so you might meet one person from a particular people group

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