Yesterday was Human Rights Day. In 2009, there are a great deal of Human Rights issues that need to be attended to in both our own country and abroad.
Actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie wrote an Op-Ed piece for Newsweek about the crisis in Dafur. The saddest part is that not even someone of her caliber could get the world to listen. Sadly, most people don’t seem to care about Africa. “Out of sight, out of mind.” But that is exactly what is wrong with this country; and the world.
America is proud of its position as a world super power. Remember they almost went to war with Russia just to prove who was more superior. Yet America doesn’t seem inclined to help those that really need it. Rather, they want to invade countries and start wars based on false evidence and make the innocent people of that country suffer as well.
Dafur is a devastating place. So many lives have been lost and more will continue to suffer the same fate if a country like America doesn’t step in.
I find it upsetting when people say that it’s not America’s problem. That American dollars should be spent on the betterment of it’s own country especially during a recession. That’s understandable to a degree but it’s still important to remember the people of Africa. They don’t know the pleasures of life like American’s do. Some of them probably don’t even know what silverware is.
So for once, let Africa be a priority. After all, America owes it to Africa after the slave trade. Americans abused and misused African Americans for their own pleasure because they were too lazy to do their own housework. Now it’s America’s time to do work and help the descendants of those who were mistreated.
Jolie’s article can be found here: http://www.newsweek.com/id/226316/page/1