Editor’s Note: I’ve seen a number of Facebook statuses regarding the death of Cecil the Lion. This is the only one that has taken this tact. As it was posted as a “just for friends” status, I can’t link to it directly, and in order to maintain the sanctity of the links I’ve moved it here as opposed to screenshotting.
H/T Joe Losavio:
Seeing a lion die is sad, but, sorry internet, Robert Mugabe is far too busy systematically raping, torturing, and forcefully disappearing his own people to care about your tone-deaf, situationally ignorant online petitions to stop the killing of cats in a country that has the lowest human life expectancy in the world.
Imagine if in the US the economy was so mismanaged and government policy so punitive that 150 million Americans required outside food aid, that life expectancy fell 26 years in less than two decades, that after the election of George W Bush or Barack Obama supporters of the winners slaughtered supports of the losers in the streets with impunity, but in every other country the trending story was about a bald eagle being shot in Wyoming.
How desperate would that make you feel? To be forgotten about by the world in favor of an eagle?
This is the exact situation in Zimbabwe right now, and if you care more about the actual situation in Zimbabwe than what is trending on the upper right corner of your facebook newsfeed look here:
Or don’t do any of these things, which is totally fine because you can’t save everyone or be aware of every single ongoing tragedy in the world. But for the love of God don’t post, tweet, or insta some soliloquy over what is demonstrably among the least of Zimbabwe’s problems right now and then pat yourself on the back as if you are in any way socially conscious.
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