This will be my last blog post for the semester, but starting in January, I’ll be back with more feminism topics.
Since today is International Human Rights Day and Thursday, I thought I would do a throw back Thursday to the first piece I wrote for OutWords magazine. Ironically enough, it was about International Human Rights Day.
“December 10, 2014 is National Human Rights Day. As I was scrolling through my social media, I realized that with recent events I’ve been swallowed up by such as the non-indictment of Michael Browns in Ferguson Mo., among other race related hate crimes by police in the United States of America, a lesbian couple being targeted through Google maps to have their home say “faggots live here,” to in our own city of Winnipeg a young aboriginal girl was severally beaten and raped and now is the face of change for the Aboriginal community, to a black transgender woman who was murdered in the United States; I thought, “How can today be a day of celebration of how far we have come to promote equality when equality is the farthest thing away from many people’s mind?”
I also realize that I am privileged and that without basic human rights I wouldn’t be able to sit and write about this. So, there are thanks to be given to those of the past for making this world better than it was and I don’t want to diminish these people and places for giving me and you this opportunity to question, learn, reject, understand and change things that are still corrupt and unjust. But for me, today isn’t a day of celebration. Today is a day that I realize that for the rest of my life I will have to fight for equality for myself, people around me and for our future generations.
In the last few weeks, the only good news I’ve read, and maybe it’s just because I’ve been focusing on the negatives, was that parents of a transgender boy who reissued his birth in their city’s newspaper. This gave me hope and enlightened me that change is being made in households and if that change continues to grow, it will soon be impossible to ignore the change that needs to happen on a political and global level.
As I read and learn things about our world that utterly disturbs and disgusts me, the same events surprise and inspire me because these events, for example the non-indictment of Michael Brown’s murderer in Ferguson, have sparked protests not only in Ferguson, but across the globe in support of them. Along with this protest, we see protests in Mexico about the missing school children, Thailand wanting a new democratic government because theirs is currently corrupt, France protesting the murder of a French activist, and the list goes on! It is absolutely astonishing the power behind the people, and maybe some countries are more fortunate than others and their protests will make political change where others will only result in more killing and less solutions.
Some people are skeptical towards these protests because protests this big have been done in the past, for example the Stonewall Riots for gay rights or the Occupy Wall Street protest to stop capitalism. But in my opinion, the world needs to listen to people now because these kinds of numbers in protests are enormous. People all over the world are fighting for the better and I don’t know about you but every time, good always trumps evil.”
Ps. On a sidenote, I feel like my grammar has improved. Yay CreComm!