Thursday, February 9, 2012

Another White Privileged Group Misappropriates Black American History

Unfortunately there are so many instances in today's society that really make me question the sanity and intellect of some people.  When they choose to hijack struggles that relate to horrible atrocities inflicted on human beings in order to buoy their supposed altruistic intentions it is deplorable.

The premise of what PETA is supposed to stand for is something that I don't have a problem with but it is what they do in order to represent their beliefs that is an issue.  PETA,  three marine-mammal experts, and two former orca trainers decided to sue Sea World on the behalf of five orca whales using the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Yes.  You read correctly.  PETA actually went into court with their attorney Jeffrey Kerr to defend the rights of whales using the 13th Amendment.
"Slavery is slavery, and it does not depend on the species of the slave any more than it depends on gender, race, or religion,"
Well I am sure that the Black Americans enslaved under the laws of this land for almost three centuries would appreciate that PETA and Mr. Kerr feel so entitled to equate their lives and suffering to be the same as that of orca whales.  I mean after all Black people were considered things and property.  So it is entirely the same.  Right?  The ethical PETA's insults toward a tragic part of Black American history don't end there.
Our understanding of animals grows every day. Animals are no longer regarded as "things" to dominate, but as breathing, feeling beings with families, dialects, intellect, and emotions. Just as we look back with shame at a time when we enslaved OTHER HUMANS and viewed some people as property less deserving of protection and consideration, we will look back on our treatment of these animals with shame. The 13th Amendment exists to abolish slavery in all its forms—and this lawsuit is the next step. (bold and capitalization emphasis mine)
I know.  It makes you want to rinse your brain hoping that you didn't read that correctly.  But you did.  I told you that I question the sanity and intellect of people especially when they completely obliterate logic and reason.  In these two sentences they have reduced the pain, torture and struggle of Black people in America during slavery to little more than the necessary means to their selfish, entitled and inconsiderate end.  "No ethics towards people just animals" should be their new slogan.

Alas, there will be no national outrage against their debasement of our history.  And although the lawsuit has been dismissed it is another example of how white privilege continually provides an opportunity for PETA and other organizations like it to have cover when they misuse and misappropriate Black American history regardless of the pain and suffering that they might inflict.  I am sure that PETA didn't mean any intentional disrespect towards Black Americans because white people never do and white privilege's subterfuge allows for them to be ignorant and inconsiderate of our history.  A history that included the ethical mistreatment of human beings which of course is not PETA's concern.

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