Good Saturday Morning! You know this must be weighing heavily on my mind if I’m posting on a Saturday. I promise that I will be brief.
Last night before we went bed, there was some talking head on one of the news stations discussing the Ebola crisis. I turned to my husband and said “I’m tired of this. We need to change the channel.” First he looked a little startled then, since he knows me pretty well, he understood and off we went to HGTV. Then, this morning there they (the news people) were again talking about Ebola. Again, I changed the channel. Let me be clear, it’s not that I don’t care about people with Ebola. What I don’t care about is the borderline histrionics that people are going through now that Ebola has breached our borders.
It is not lost on me that had the United States – in fact the world – cared about what was happening on the African continent concerning the Ebola epidemic, we would not be in this situation. Our unwillingness to get involved – offering financial, medical and technological assistance – and general apathy is exactly the reason why we have no idea how to respond. This is why I now find it difficult to listen to the media turn this into a social and political spectacle.
We have a history of treating Africa with indifference. We did the same thing with AIDS/HIV, which ravaged Africa, but went largely unnoticed until it came to America and Europe. I came across this really interesting article this morning written by John D. Sutter, a columnist for CNN Opinion, Ebola: Where’s the empathy for Ebola’s African victims? that describes the current state of emergency in the African countries affected by the disease. Additionally, he talks about how and why the world ignored the issue while it was contained in Africa. Please, take a moment from your Saturday morning coffee and read this article. It may help to put things into perspective.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by Ebola both here and abroad. However, long before Ebola ever became an American issue, Big Poppa and I have been discussing ways to contribute our own resources to the cause. We just could not see the suffering of nations and not want to help. People, we are sitting in our comfortable homes, looking at our neat lawns and eating our abundant food worrying about what just might, possibly and could happen when over 4,000 people have died and the number is growing. That is their reality! Do you get it? This is why I can’t watch another news person or politician spin this out of control. I just refuse to be a part of that.
If you are at all interested in helping those in need, please follow this link to a list of non-governmental organizations working to help those in West Africa.