If you’ve been online for so much as a hot second today, you already know that the collective fury of the Internet is currently being directed at the mother of a very naughty four year-old & the untimely death of a gorilla named Harambe.
And truthfully, you guys, analyzing the whole tragic situation just isn’t that interesting to me. It’s sad that an endangered creature died. It’s sad that a child ended up in a wild animal’s habitat. It’s sad that a family is being subjected to the viciousness of online mob justice. The whole thing is one big pile of SAD.
What’s way, way more fascinating to me is the willingness of the general public to rise up with so much vitriol, so much naked anger, on behalf of an animal most of them didn’t even know existed until last Saturday. (It’s Cecil the Lion all over again.) Just think of how much we could accomplish if we directed this furious energy at eminently more worthy issues. I have some suggestions:
- Four toddlers accidentally killed themselves with guns in one week in April, and yet not a single hashtag was born. If you want to get really angry, guns impacting children is where I’d start.
- Our military veterans continue to not receive the medical care they both need and deserve. Why isn’t this trending on Twitter, exactly?
- Children go hungry every single day, and not just in Africa like your parents told you when you refused to eat your peas (though that’s still happening, too), but literally miles from your house where your own jerk kids are refusing to eat their peas.
- While my privileged American children splash in swimming pools, global water shortages are poised to devastate parts of Africa and Asia. You hadn’t heard about this until today, either?
- Did you know that it’s National Foster Care Month? And that a reported 1,500 to 3,000 children — 3/4 of them babies and preschoolers — die every year as a result of maltreatment in foster care? You should, because it’s a horror.