You’ve never seen a second a day video like this before.
TODAY’S EDITION OF ‘IS THIS PROBLEMATIC’?
I’ve been seeing this video around all day and feeling pretty conflicted about it. Initially, I’m really happy there is something out there to make this war “real” to us and raise public concern about what is really happening outside of our own western bubble. But I can’t help but fee a little l uneasy about the fact that our public horror and outrage only seems to come when we see it as one of “our own.” I’m sad it’s not enough when it’s a Syrian child or family, but that we need it on our own terms to exercise basic human empathy. Maybe I’m just looking for the negative?
You’re right. The fact that the west needs a cute western girl to symbolize the atrocities happening in Syria is super problematic. It means the west sees Syria as so removed from us that seeing a little Syrian girl go through all these things means nothing to most westerners. You shouldn’t have to see a white girl to want to save her from brutality.
Perfectly said. We’re not doing so hot in the human empathy department, as a culture.