Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How "The Help" Isn't So Different Today...

"Those who forget history are destined to repeat it."

In World War II, Adolf Hitler claimed Jews were not human beings. He brutally massacred them in The Holocaust. He sent them to concentration camps and committed horrendous crimes against them – unspeakable things. He tore their families apart. 

Not too long ago in our American history, we claimed blacks were not people and treated them as property - or worse - similar to what Hitler did to the Jews. 

In the recent book-turned-movie, The Help, we get a better taste of how white people treated black people. And look how far we’ve come – we had the Civil Rights movement, led by people like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ve come a long way. While we still deal with racism, people of different color and creed are treated as equals now.

This movie was celebrated by critics. People who know the story agree it’s good. People know that it’s unjust to claim that other people are not human. 

We’re American. We’re all about equality. 

Or are we?

We have a new Holocaust on our hands, another claim of inequality, another horrendous injustice. By our votes, we legalized killing innocent babies in the womb, which is supposed to be the safest place.

We claim they are not people, and have no right to life - it's their mother's choice, not theirs. And they don't even have a voice to speak up and say they want to live. They can't even scream. 

Yet, science proves they have a heartbeat only a couple weeks after conception. At the moment of conception, they have the 46 chromosomes that make up a human person. Scientifically, they are persons.

So is there any good reason for killing an innocent child? Inconvenience, maybe? Grow up and take responsibility for your actions. How about rape? Does the crime of rape make it okay to commit another crime of murder? It’s not the child’s fault. 

When will we learn? How many more lives need to be claimed in the name of inconvenience, or “because of certain circumstances”?

We were born into the beautiful community of humanity – we are all equal and we are supposed to look out for each other, especially the innocent and those who cannot speak for themselves. 

Who are we to say they have no right to life? If we do, that makes us no different from Hitler. If you say, “It’s her choice, not mine”, it’s no different than saying, “It’s Hitler’s choice, not mine”. 

This kind of inequality is no different than a racist view – it’s worse. It’s threatening the entire human race, not just one kind.

We have blood on our hands, America. If we want to make a change, stop sitting on the fence and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

And it can be done. In The Help, Skeeter did something about the injustice she saw. One of my favorite scenes is where Skeeter’s mother tells her how proud she is of her daughter, that she had the courage to go against the tide, take a stand for what’s right and write the book. “Sometimes courage skips a generation,” she says.

I decided that I will be that generation that says, “Enough is enough”. 

I will not be silent. I will not be apart of our culture of death, apart of those who stand by idly and watch innocent lives die. I will not be claimed or owned by the world, who repeats its mistakes over and over. I will fight for life, even if it means losing my own.