Japan and Tsunamis, Nuclear Reactors and Heroes, Facebook and Racism

by Heather · 30 comments

Facebook's "Karma is a bitch" racists in Japan's Tsunami Aftermath

Facebook's "Karma is a bitch" racists in Japan's Tsunami Aftermath

Hey AMWW readers, it’s huggable Heather again, ready to pour my heart out again in light of recent events. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’re more than aware of the earthquake in Japan and everything that’s been happening.

In case you missed it, however, I’ll breifly bring you up to date:

On March 11th at about 2:45PM local time, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 struck Japan. It resulted in a major tsunami that devastated its northeastern cities. With more than 10,000 people presumed dead in the Miyagi prefecture and countless citizens missing, the country continues to receive dangerous aftershocks that could possibly cause more tsunamis.

Japanese tsunami casualty estimates are now in tens of thousands of souls lost.

The gigantic tsunami is, although the major player, only part of the aftermath of the earthquake; reactors in a power plant are unable to cool, with radiation leakage escalating by the hour. Some reports assure us it’s nothing to worry about, but mainstream media makes typical readers believe otherwise.

Regardless, this is a crippling blow, not only to the Japanese society but to the economy and the world. Hawaii was badly flooded but managed to escape major damage and at least five people were swept off the beaches of Northern California – one man remains missing.

This horrendous natural disaster has brought out the best in many people: take the tear-jerking story of how one family survived – a man saw a family of three struggling to get to higher ground. He got the mother and children to where he was by getting down and pushing them onto his deck. As the mother tried pulling him up out of the now oncoming water, a car came and swept him away, drowning him. This unknown hero gave his life to save strangers.

Or the 180 brave nuclear technicians who are currently staying behind as the nuclear reactor literally explodes and melts around them. Racing against the clock and very likely being asked to make the greatest sacrifice any man or woman can make, this is a real life heroic drama being played RIGHT NOW and with greater consequences than any made-for-TV movie. What these courageous Japanese men and women- these real life heroes- are doing thousands of miles across the Pacific, could potentially not only save the lives of their fellow countrymen, but save the rest of us (whether in Asia or Canada and the United States) from the devastating effects of radiation fallout like Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.

Let me quote from one of my favorite TV shows…

“The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels tonight. They’re our students and our teachers and our parents and our friends. The streets of heaven are too crowded with angels, but every time we think we have measured our capacity to meet a challenge, we look up and we’re reminded that that capacity may well be limitless.” – President Bartlett (West Wing)

I’m getting teary-eyed as I write this.

A more light-hearted story comes from a group of students in UCLA who, after the Alexandra Wallace (UCLA Girl’s rant on Asians in the Library) event, decided to make tee-shirts in response to her youtube rant and donate all the proceeds to the tsunami relief fund (can be purchased here).

While it’s brought out the best in people, it’s also brought out the very worst. Upon hearing the tsunami warning, how many of you thought to update your Facebook status to pray for Japan? How many of you tweeted about donating money for relief effort?

And how many of you remembered Pearl Harbor and didn’t bat an eyelash about how soul-less you sounded when you reminded others about it?

I was appalled when I saw this; every time I see it, I look at the faces of the people writing their status updates and think “they look like me, they speak like me…but they aren’t like me.”

Comparing these two UNRELATED events simply isn’t human.

To think that they can claim God is on their side, punishing Japan (or Japanese atheists as this woman claims) for war-related events that happened decades ago for which we CLEARLY “got them back” with the atomic bombs, is incredulous.

Karma is a bitch” are these “patriot’s” excuse for cheering the destruction and horrific loss of life in Japan.

About that…if you think God is punishing Japan for Pearl Harbor, I’m terrified as to what he has in store for us for those A-bombs. Way to go with your shitty logic, racist a-holes.

To me, this doesn’t just signify how ignorant some Americans really can be, but how racist they may possibly be in real life.

If they feel this way about Japan, who’s to say it stops there? It begs the question as to how they feel about Japanese-Americans.

  • Do they look upon those different than them with sneers of contempt and hatred?
  • What are they teaching their children?
  • Does the racism stop with Japanese-Americans?
  • Does it continue on to encompass all Asians, even all minorities?

It’s only speculation, but I wouldn’t put it past these empty shells of a human being who are void of compassion and tolerance towards others and teeming with prejudice and racism.

If you are in agreement with the racist people pictured above, I implore you to leave your reasoning in the comment section because I cannot wrap my head around that thought process.

I want to understand how you can look at people in need – people who are suffering, people who have lost their homes, their family members, and even their lives – and have the audacity to undermine their anguish.

It doesn’t matter where, when, and why something like this happens; we are ALL people.

We are ALL human. We ALL deserve help in our darkest hour, including the people of Japan.